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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Statement from the NCJFCJ Regarding Court Safety and Access to Justice During COVID-19

COVID-19 and NCJFCJ Operations Update

The updates and resources collected reflect the most up to date information through various sources. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is continuing to update resources related to COVID-19 and will post updated information as it is made available. If you or your jurisdiction has any updated information to share, please contact us.


New NCJFCJ Publication
October 13, 2020

Civil Protection Order Process: Considerations for Safe and Effective Responses by Courts to the COVID-19 PandemicCivil Protection Order Process: Considerations for Safe and Effective Responses by Courts to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged courts and communities in unprecedented ways. Of particular concern are the sometimes insurmountable obstacles that many victims of domestic violence and their children encounter in attempting to escape the abuse and achieve safety through the legal system. Courts throughout the country have risen to the occasion, quickly developing and implementing processes for safe, remote access to civil protection orders (CPOs). Yet, the struggle to adapt to the new circumstances continues, and ensuring that victims can obtain protection orders that meet their safety and other needs remains a difficult and continually evolving challenge.

The guidance is intended to assist judicial officers and courts as they design creative and effective solutions to the problems imposed by the COVID-19 emergency. In addition to describing how judicial officers can assume a leadership role in promoting a collaborative response to the pandemic, this document provides examples of concrete strategies that courts and communities can implement to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the CPO system despite the impediments.

Download the guide


New Resources Added

The Fall 2020 issue of the Unified Family Court Connection offers a variety of perspectives on how the pandemic has impacted courts nationwide, including the Honorable Romana A. Gonzalez, a Wisconsin circuit judge and immediate past president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, who discusses access to justice during COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on the family courts.

Read the issue

National Center for State Courts
Pandemic resources for courts
This page houses a wide variety of resources created by NCSC and the CCJ-COSCA Rapid Response Team (RRT) to help state courts deal with challenges presented by the pandemic. Use the filtering options to narrow your search by resource type, or by subject area.

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Performance-based Standards (PbS)
PbS COVID-19 Stories

Homeground Radio
The NCJFCJ’s Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Don Gimbel of Livingston, Montana, talks with Homeground Radio on the COVID-19 pandemic and the imminent threat to our nation’s children of abuse and violence in their own homes.

Listen to the podcast


NCJFCJ Upcoming Webinars and Events

Upcoming Virtual Events & Webinars

TA2TA: The TA Provider Resource Center

COVID-19 Resources