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Local Family and Circuit Court Judges Attend 2016 Circuit Judges College

Local Family and Circuit Court Judges Attend 2016 Circuit Judges College

Bill Stephens

November 15th, 2016

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Crittenden, Union and Webster counties Family Court Judge Brandi H. Rogers and Circuit Court Judge C. Rene’ Williams recently had the opportunity to process a staged crime scene, visit a women’s prison, learn about arson investigations and more as part of the 2016 Circuit Judges College, an education programs for the state’s circuit judges. State officials say the college took place in mid-October in Lexington and offered a mix of classroom sessions and practical field studies.

According to state officials, classroom sessions covered court technology, the Westlaw legal research program, body cameras in law enforcement and new legislation, including felony expungement under House Bill 40, civil protective orders under House Bill 8 and ignition interlock devices to reduce drunk driving under Senate Bill 133. The circuit judges heard from Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., a Trigg County native, on the state of the Judicial Brand and received updates on case law based on decision of the Supreme Court of Kentucky, the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Another course focused on chronic stress among lawyers and judges and resources for addressing stress.
The college also offered sessions specifically for judges who oversee family law cases. The sessions covered observing medical indicators of child abuse and neglect, protecting children in violent households and evidence in electronic form.

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