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Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Program

Program Overview & Workshop Description

The Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases (CJS) Program is specifically designed for judges who have successfully completed the Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop (EJS). The CJS Program addresses judges’ specific assignments at a more intensive level and introduces new topics of special interest. The CJS Program offers a choice among several 1-day special topic courses and several 1.5-day court assignment courses. The Program begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Saturday at noon.

Who should attend:

All state and tribal court judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referees, etc.) nationwide who have successfully completed the EJS are eligible to attend the workshops, but priority will be given to judges from jurisdictions currently receiving one of the following OVW Grants: (1) Grants to Encourage Arrest, (2) STOP Violence Against Indian Women Grants, or (3) Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant; (4) Court Training and Improvement Program. Program Priority is also given to OVW funded agencies jurisdictions that send more than one judge. The program is offered free of charge. Local OVW funded agencies and some courts might cover their judges’ travel and per diem costs. All participants are responsible for their own travel and per diem costs. 

Special Topic Courses

The CJS Special Topic Courses are designed as seminars of 15 - 20 judges to address specific challenges in new or emerging complex topics facing the courts. Special topic courses including Immigration and Trafficking, Effective Batterer Accountability and Supervised Visitation and Exchange. 

Immigration & Trafficking Course:










Participants in the Immigration and Trafficking course will be better able to,

Effective Batterer Accountability Course:










Participants in the Effective Batterer Accountability course will be better able to,

Supervised Visitation & Exchange:









Participants in the Supervised Visitation and Exchange course will be better able to,

Court Assignment Courses

The Court Assignment Courses are designed as highly interactive small group seminars of fifteen to twenty participants. These courses are focused exclusively on judges who are assigned to one court duty assignment such as Family, Criminal or Civil Protection Order dockets.


Family–Participants will be better able to:

Civil (Protection Order)–Participants will be better able to:

Criminal Court Assignment Course.

Judicial participants in the Criminal Court Assignment Course will be better able to:*


*NJIDV faculty Judge Ramona Gonzalez. Image used with permission of LaCrosse Tribune.