NJEP

  • A model curriculum developed with the American Prosecutors Research Institute to provide prosecutors with tools for successful sex crimes prosecutions, especially nonstranger rapes. The curriculum covers such topics as rape myths and stereotypes and their effect on charging decisions, jury selection and jury deliberations; how victim impact affects victim interviewing and preparation; experts such as certified sexual assault examiners; drug-facilitated rape; plea offers and sentencing.
  • California: First as Usual
  • Although Elder Abuse is a topic familiar to many Americans, Elder Sexual Abuse remains often overlooked—despite its prevalence and the damage it can cause.Elder sexual abuse is a distinct form of victimization in which victims’ age and health further complicate the particular challenges that every sexual abuse/assault case presents for the courts. This curriculum explores the research on elder sexual abuse and its implications for civil and criminal courts.
  • The National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) educates judges and justice system professionals about gender bias as a factor in civil, criminal, family and juvenile law, and provides methods to prevent it. We focus on the treatment of domestic violence and sexual assault cases in the judicial process by illuminating the negative impact of gender stereotypes in the courts and providing resources for fair adjudication.
  • The presence of an interpreter skilled in sexual assault cases is critical: the victim is traumatized, the court system is frightening, and encountering an unskilled or biased interpreter can be devastating to a victim. Unfortunately, most court interpreters lack training on sexual assault and domestic violence issues. Unqualified or unprofessional court interpreters can mislead both- victims and judges through personal biases or intentional and/or unintentional misinterpretations.
  • BackgroundIn 1980, Legal Momentum established the National Judicial Education Program to Promote Equality for Women and Men in the Courts (NJEP) and invited the newly-formed National Association of Women Judges to become NJEP's co-sponsor. Knowledgeable judges, lawyers and journalists warned that the judiciary would never accept gender bias as a legitimate topic for judicial education or be willing to engage in the self-scrutiny necessary to eliminate it.
  • Research shows that jurors in sexual assault cases assess the evidence presented through the lens of commonly held misconceptions and myths about rape, rape victims and rapists. Jurors, as members of our communities, embrace stereotypes about what constitutes “real rape,” including expectations about gender roles and “appropriate” behavior by victims before, during and after a reported sexual assault.
  • The National Judicial Education Program's (NJEP) judicial education programs were the catalyst for a series of task forces established by state chief justices, state supreme courts and federal circuit councils to examine gender bias in their own court systems and recommend reforms. A task force "devoted to the study of gender bias in the courts" was established and each state voted to make implementing the recommendations of the task forces on gender, race and ethnic bias in the courts a priority. The task forces documented discriminatory court decisions, policies and practices and made numerous recommendations to eradicate these barriers to equal justice.
  • The treatment of female Drug Court participants is rarely addressed as a stand-alone issue in judicial education programs and trainings for Drug Court professionals. Judicial education programs must take a comprehensive look at women and trauma to successfully treat substance abusing women who have been victimized by sexual and physical violence.This Web course provides an in-depth look at dealing specifically with women, trauma, and substance abuse.This course will instruct participants in:  
  • Before a new judge presides in an adult victim sexual assault case or a case of co-occurring domestic violence and sexual abuse, he or she should know that these cases present unique challenges, and that there are resources to assist judges in meeting them.This flexible Web course is designed to be presented in a variety of time-frames and provides new judges with critical resources for recognizing the complexity of sexual assault cases and adjudicating them effectively.
  • Resources for Violence Against Women and the Courts:Fact Sheets on Sexual Violence from the National Judicial Education Program for the National Center for State CourtsTo encourage state courts to use their Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) 5 percent STOP Grant court set-aside for projects on sexual assault as well as domestic violence, the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) worked with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) as part of their OVW-funded grant.
    Resources for Violence Against Women and the Courts: Fact Sheets on Sexual Violence from the National Judicial Education Program for the National Center for State Courts