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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
July 29, 2019
The NCJFCJ and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) co-hosted the Judicial Responses to Animal Cruelty Issues Convening earlier this year. The Convening included participation from 10 judges from across the U.S.–eight judges who hear juvenile, child abuse or family violence cases, one municipal court judge who hears criminal animal cruelty cases, and one retired state supreme court justice. The...More
CPO Safety Guide
Defining Child-Related Relief in Civil Protection Orders to Enhance Safety
July 18, 2019
Many communities around the country are implementing or considering the use of facilitated settlement processes and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in civil protection order cases, a practice that may be safe and beneficial for victims of domestic violence, but only if important safeguards are established. This document is intended to provide guidance on these safeguards and how to...More
CPO Community Supervision
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Community Supervision
May 28, 2019
  In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Community Supervision professionals in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
CPO Court staff administration
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Court Staff/Court Administration
May 28, 2019
In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Court Staff and Court Administration in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators
Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators
March 6, 2019
  Mediation is widely used in the area of family law, where custody mediation is often mandated by statute or ordered by the court. According to statistics collected by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and report an intimate...More
How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
March 6, 2019
If you are a domestic violence survivor and have been ordered or referred to mediation for your custody case, this guide can provide you with some basic information. A lawyer who understands domestic violence and mediation practice in your area would be most helpful. But many survivors cannot find or afford lawyers to represent them. For this reason, we created this guide for self-represented...More
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Project: Lessons Learned Report
March 6, 2019
  Linking Systems of Care (LSC) for Children and Youth state demonstration sites strive to align activities in each phase of the project – Planning, Implementation, and Sustainability – with the Guiding Principles. Policy decisions should be driven by the Guiding Principles to help stakeholder groups connect developed goals, objectives, and activities to a structure that promotes healing, linked...More
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Guiding Principles
February 20, 2019
Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Initiative's Guiding Principles are designed to guide efforts to develop and better align all of the systems of care that respond to the needs of children, youth, families, and caregivers who have experienced victimization or been exposed to violence in the homes, schools, and communities. These Guiding Principles were created to...More
Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership
Can I or Can't I? Extra-judicial Activity and Judicial Leadership
January 24, 2019
Being a judge doesn’t end when the docket does. Experienced judges understand their duties include much more than overseeing a courtroom. A significant part of a judicial officer’s duties also includes leadership in the community, committee participation, meetings with stakeholders, and ensuring access to justice. Many judges also find time to visit schools, work with youth groups, speak at law-...More
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Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act: Guide for Court Personnel and Judges
July 18, 2018
Interstate custody cases involving domestic violence arrive at the courthouse in a variety of ways: A victim of domestic violence who has fled for safety from another state seeks an emergency custody order from your court. A left-behind parent files for custody in your court, seeking the return of the children from another state. A victim with a custody order from another state seeks enforcement...More

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