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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The vital and important work of the NCJFCJ began in 1937 when a group of judges came together looking to improve the effectiveness of the nation's juvenile courts. Since 1969, the NCJFCJ has been headquartered on the University of Nevada campus in Reno. One of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police, and probation officers. For those involved with juvenile, family, and domestic violence cases, the NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. The NCJFCJ resources include:

  • Cutting-edge training
  • Wide-ranging technical assistance
  • Research to assist family courts
  • Unique advanced degree programs for judges and other court professionals offered in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Reno and the National Judicial College

In 2012, the NCJFCJ passed a resolution in support of courts and schools working together to ensure educational opportunities for all children and to reduce inappropriate referrals to court. Also in 2012, the NCJFCJ was awarded funding from several foundations and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for a project to develop, test, and disseminate judicially-led protocols to reduce school push out and inappropriate referrals to court. The School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project provided technical assistance to 16 sites across the U.S. working to reduce referrals to the juvenile justice system. The School Pathways Project published two Technical Assistance Bulletins to provide a context for courts and schools regarding the need to reduce the number of referrals to the courts, along with a history and impact of zero tolerance policies and a second bulletin to serve as a practice guide to provide the multi-system collaboratives with thorough and thoughtful guidance on implementing judicially led collaborations to address "school pathways to the juvenile justice system." The School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project became the foundation for the School-Justice Partnership Project launched in 2015.

You can download our Technical Assistance Bulletins by clicking on them below.


 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

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