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08/17/22
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Civil Protection Orders: Strategies for Safe and Effective Servic…

For civil protection orders to be enforced, they must first be served on the respondent. While most states require that protection orders be personally served on the respondent, this can often prove to be a…

08/10/22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Filing in Cases Invol…

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many courts have expanded electronic access to filing certain types of cases by self-represented litigants, including for victims seeking protection orders. This publication looks at some of the frequently asked questions…

08/10/22
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Improving Safety and Privacy in Civil Protection Order Cases: In-…

Many victims of domestic violence seek court-ordered safety measures to prevent and mitigate violence and abuse in their lives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, courts implemented general safety measures for in-person hearings and expanded the use…

07/11/22
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A Preliminary Look at COVID Impacts on Juvenile, Family, and Trib…

This preliminary study developed for the State Justice Institute( SJI) by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) attempted to take an initial look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on…

06/07/22
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Judicial Leadership for Community-Based Alternatives to Juvenile …

This infographic explains the benefits of community-based alternatives to secure confinement for justice-involved youth as well for as the communities where they live. It also offers steps to guide judges on providing leadership for developing alternatives.…

04/01/22
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Judge to Judge Letter Concerning Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal…

This letter by Judge Katherine Tennyson (Ret.), discusses how education on animal neglect and abuse can inform decision making for judges, both on and off the bench. She provides resources so that judges may take…

02/10/22
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Firearms and Civil Protection Orders: Answers to Judges' Frequent…

This document answers frequently asked questions relating to firearms and civil protection orders. Main topics include enforcement of jurisdiction and federal protection order laws, suggested collaboration efforts, information regarding a respondent’s access to firearms, addressing…

02/10/22
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Custody and Parenting Time Orders: Compliance Monitoring and Enfo…

This document provides a set of suggested practices and strategies for consideration by courts seeking to improve compliance with custody and parenting time orders. Main topics include exercising judicial leadership, crafting orders with enforceability and…

02/10/22
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Strategies to Improve the Response to Firearms in Civil Protectio…

This document provides a checklist of strategies for judges to improve the response to firearms in civil protection order cases. Main topics include steps to assemble multi-disciplinary collaborative teams, mapping the civil protection process to…

01/10/22
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Toolkit for Identifying Youth Experiencing Homelessness in the Ju…

In collaboration with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has developed the Toolkit for Identifying Youth Experiencing Homelessness in the Justice System: Using A Structured Process…

07/19/21
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The Role of The Judge in Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Toolk…

The NCJFCJ has prepared, The Role of the Judge in Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Toolkit for Leadership (hereafter also referred to as the Toolkit) to provide judges with practical strategies and recommendations to help their jurisdictions take…

04/27/21
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Seeing What’s Underneath: A Resource for Understanding Behavior…

Juvenile court can be a stressful environment— for everyone. But for court-involved youth, it can also be embarrassing, confusing, and traumatic. Youth may fail to meet adults’ expectations to be respectful and compliant or to…