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2020 Program and Event highlights

2020 Programs

The College’s 2020 programs and events highlights are now online for you to view and register.

These programs are designed to meet the needs of judicial officers at every stage of their careers, from orientation to retirement.

Our Cyber, Community and the Courts series begins in February, addressing the ethical dilemmas posed by social media and the challenges it presents for all judicial officers. The second twilight focuses on technology-facilitated abuse.

Following on from the successful ‘Everything you need to know to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing’ program, our advanced skills-based workshop looks at questioning vulnerable witnesses where Ground Rules for questioning have been established.

Transitioning into the judicial role and adjusting to its demands is the subject of our wellbeing program for new appointees. Balancing the Demands of Judicial Life is a full-day program featuring expert clinical psychologists on the nature and sources of judicial stress. Learn how to recognise warning signs in yourself and others.

A new program, Your Future Self: Life Beyond the Bench will provide a unique opportunity for judges of the Supreme and County Courts to explore transitioning from the judicial role including future aspirations, family, finance and physical health. 

Understanding the social context of family violence, and developing skills to identify and respond to family violence in the court or tribunal room is the focus of our Intimate Terrorism of Family Violence two-day foundation program.

Skills and judge craft are at the centre of our Self-Represented Litigants program, providing a refresher on the practical communication skills needed to engage with self-represented litigants.

Motivational Interviewing also returns for two full days, aimed at achieving better outcomes by using communication techniques. Facilitated by Helen Mentha, the workshop leads participants through the theory and skills of motivational interviewing and how to apply it in the court room. 

Our calendar of events will continue to evolve throughout the year. If you are a Victorian judicial officer you can register your interest on the event pages, via JOIN, or via our regular email updates. For VCAT Members please note, attendance at any full or multi-day program requires approval from VCAT first. Please email member-pd@vcat.vic.gov.au to register your interest for these programs.

We also welcome interstate judicial officers to our programs. Please contact our Director of Education Annabel Mornement for further information.