NCJFCJ in the State of Utah
Work and Impact
Requests for technical assistance in 2019
Trained judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals working to protect Utah’s children, families, and victims in our communities in 2019
Judicial and Associate Members in Utah
In 2020, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) continued to provide quality education to judges and other judicial professionals despite the limitations imposed by COVID-19. Through webinars, Zoom calls, and other virtual methods, the NCJFCJ maintained its role as the national leader in judicial education and continued to provide the knowledge and skills that improve the lives of families and children who seek justice.
In 2020, the NCJFCJ offered multiple training and technical assistance opportunities for Utah’s judges, judicial officers, attorneys, and other juvenile and family court-related professionals who work to protect Utah’s children, families, and victims in our communities. Nationwide, the NCJFCJ provided training to 9,673 participants and fulfilled 840 requests for technical assistance.
The Salt Lake City NCJFCJ Mentor Child Abuse and Neglect Model Court is recognized for its efforts to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children, juvenile offenders, and their families.
The Utah Court Improvement Program (CIP), in collaboration with the NCJFCJ, is conducting a follow-up study to evaluate the Utah courts’ current Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) compliance.
The NCJFCJ provided training to a judicial professional from Utah on helping domestic violence survivors with interstate custody and relocation cases.
Judges and justice system professionals from Utah received specialized child welfare, domestic violence, and juvenile justice training on current and cutting-edge topics and research during the NCJFCJ’s Annual Conference and National Conference on Juvenile Justice.
The state of Utah contributes juvenile court data to the National Juvenile Court Data Archive, funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). This national project of the NCJFCJ provides detailed and accurate information on the activities of the nation's juvenile courts to juvenile justice professionals, policymakers, researchers, and the public.
The landscape of juvenile justice in Utah is detailed through the Juvenile Justice Geography Policy Practice and Statistics website (JJGPS.org), a project of the NCJFCJ’s research division, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). JJGPS is an online resource that tracks juvenile justice reform in each state, allowing for comparisons within and across states.
The NCJFCJ has 35 Judicial and Associate Members in Utah.
Judge Angela F. Fonnesbeck of Logan is an NCJFCJ Board Director. Judge Sharon McCully (Ret.) of Salt Lake City is an NCJFCJ Past President.