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09/01/23
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Navigating Virtual Proceedings in Juvenile Court: A Guide for Jud…

Although initially embraced as an emergency measure, virtual proceedings continue to be utilized even as jurisdictions increasingly lift restrictions on in-person hearings. Before proceeding with virtual hearings, judges should be mindful of access to technology, constitutional implications, and the limitations of remote proceedings specific to youth.

01/11/23
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Child Sex Trafficking On-Ramps and Off-Ramps Fact Sheet and Infog…

This infographic and fact sheet were developed in conversation with youth survivors and 39 stakeholders who provide training and/or technical assistance on child sexual exploitation and youth interventions across the country. These resources are intended…

10/17/22
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Judicial Officer Bench Card: Stalking

This bench card is designed for use in conjunction with the more comprehensive Judicial Officer Guide for Responding to Stalking and as a reference when considering the role of stalking in Federal courts; Tribal courts;…

07/25/22
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Dividing Retirement Benefits at Divorce Bench Card

A retirement benefit can be a major asset in a divorce and may be the key to providing financial security to a domestic violence survivor. To effectively divide this asset, though, federal and state provisions…

09/22/20
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Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement: Obstacles …

This bench card, created in partnership by the NCJFCJ and the National Juvenile Defender Center and funded by the State Justice Institute, is intended to assist judges in considering the consequences of juvenile court involvement that…

03/30/08
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Youth Engagement in Court Bench Cards

The following bench cards were created by the American Bar Association to assist judges when a child is present in the courtroom: Engaging Young Children (ages 0-12 mo) in the Courtroom Engaging Toddlers (ages 1-3) &…

07/23/18
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Addressing Bias in Delinquency and Child Welfare Systems

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center, the NCJFCJ has created Addressing Bias in Delinquency and Child Welfare Systems, a bench card emphasizing that “eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile and family courts…

04/05/18
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Ensuring Young People Are Not Criminalized for Poverty: Bails, Fe…

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center, the NCJFCJ has released this information card for judges in juvenile courts. Judges are uniquely positioned to eliminate the harms and hardships caused by the imposition of…

11/01/17
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Indian Child Welfare Act Judicial Benchbook

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 to address the widespread practice of state entities removing American Indian and Alaskan Native children from their homes and families. Congressional findings memorialized in ICWA…

08/01/17
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Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proc…

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency…

08/01/17
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Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Ge…

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) released the bench card Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression…

03/22/17
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Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Chi…

Infants and young children under the supervision of the court often have complicated and serious physical, developmental, and mental health-related challenges, so much so, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has classified this population as…