As technology plays an increasingly significant role in our society, it has become commonplace in the courtroom. New technological practices and discoveries bring forensic science topics such as DNA, latent print examinations, and digital evidence to the forefront of our court system. With technology playing a greater and greater role in resolving cases, it became obvious to Arizona judicial educators that many judges lack the educational background needed for a sufficient understanding of the scientific principles behind the forensic evidence they see in court.
When I began working at the Federal Judicial center ten years ago, I first heard of a learning conference concept called “open space.” You may have heard of it or even used it. It seemed so odd to me! Basically, learners come together with a predetermined, overarching topic for a specific amount of time with no specific agenda topics predefined at all. Some people call this an “unconference” or “open conference.”
The NJC has conducted three two-hour webcasts addressing a variety of mental competency issues.
There is a recent New Yorker article that asks how to be your best and in the course of that discussion addresses the issue of coaching for experienced practitioners (the article focuses on surgeons). There might, in fact, be implications…
A new report says that integrated domestic violence docket (IDVD) criminal cases are resolved three times more quickly than the statewide average and IDVD participants recidivated 54% less often than domestic violence offenders statewide.
The purpose of the Mental Competency – Best Practices Model is to present a body of practices deemed to be most effective and efficient for handling mental incompetency issues in the criminal justice and mental health systems.
Learn about the best practices model for handling mental competency issues.