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Judges go back to school

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2008
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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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  1. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  2. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  3. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

  4. Why do so many lawyers get away with lying in court, Jamie Yoak?

  5. Future generations will be amazed that we prosecuted people for possessing a harmless plant. The New York Times came out in favor of legalization in Saturday's edition of the newspaper.

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