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Judges go back to school

January 1, 2008
If your local judge wasn't on the bench the latter part of the week, it may be that he or she took some time to go to judicial school.

The 2008 Spring Judicial College was Wednesday through today, offering jurists statewide a chance to brush up on certain areas of law or particular issues of interest. An estimated 250 Hoosier jurists converged on Indianapolis, coming and going for some or all of the annual college, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard said.

"It's designed as a series of one-day or half-day courses that gives judges a chance to come here and learn, then get back to their courts or stay if they're able," the chief justice said during a break Thursday afternoon.

For example, the chief justice noted that he was interested in some of the day's offerings that included a course, "Marriage, Murder, Isolation and Judging" - a full-day session put on by a Wisconsin senior judge that focused on the relationship between courtrooms and family or marital violence.

Other courses range from sessions about effective sentencing, landlord-tenant litigation in small claims courts, the ubiquitous nature of rural courts, and the impact of technology on courts.

A complete list of the courses offered can be found here. 
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