Programs and Events

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The College’s programs and events are designed to meet the needs of judicial officers at every stage of their careers - from orientation to retirement.

The calendar is constantly changing with new events added throughout the year. If you are a Victorian judicial officer you can register your interest on the upcoming events below. We also welcome interstate judicial officers to our programs. Please contact Annabel Mornement, Director, Education for further information.

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Ballarat

Ballarat Specialist Family Violence Court Training - Day 3

22 November 2019 - Full day
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Building on the learnings from the first two days of the specialist program, this final session has a practical focus and will embed a shared understanding of roles and responsibilities in the multi-disciplinary team.

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Marcia Neave AO

Moorabbin Specialist Family Violence Court Training - Day 1

15 January 2020 - Full day
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We are delighted to be delivering the first of a three-part training for the multi-disciplinary team at Moorabbin's new Specialist Family Violence Court. 

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Moorabbin Justice Centre

Moorabbin Specialist Family Violence Court Training - Day 2

22 January 2020 - Full day
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This is Day 2 of the three-day multi-disciplinary training for the Moorabbin Specialist Family Violence Court.

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Jess Hill

Moorabbin Specialist Family Violence Court Training - Day 3

5 February 2020 - Full day
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This is the final instalment of the three-day training program for the multi-disciplinary team at Moorabbin’s Specialist Family Violence Court.

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Geelong Children's Court

It Takes a Village: Geelong Children's Court

11 February 2020 - Full day
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A unique opportunity for the Geelong Children’s Court community to come together to explore ways of better responding to the complexities of young people in the justice system.

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Cybercrime

Cyber, Community and Courts: The ethical challenges of judging and social media

12 February 2020, 4.30pm-6pm
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Offering new and innovative ways to ‘connect’, ‘like’, ‘share’ and ‘comment’, the power and pervasiveness of social media presents challenges for both long-standing members of the judiciary and new appointees.

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uluru

Koori Twilight: Finding Voice -The Uluru Statement from the Heart

26 February 2020, 4.30pm-6pm (Date TBC)
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In 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders put forward one of the most important pieces of political writing in recent history – the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Join us to hear from the experts involved in the detailed consultation process behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

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Drug Court Education

Drug Court Education: Different Perspectives

27 February 2020 - 28 February 2020
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A unique opportunity for the Melbourne and Dandenong Drug Court teams to come together for specialist training.

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Family Violence Lead Magistrates' Professional Development Workshop

13 March 2020 - Half day
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These workshops provide a forum for Family Violence Lead Magistrates to discuss family violence reforms and practice issues.

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Ground Rules Hearings

Questioning a Vulnerable Witness: Skills and Strategies

20 April 2020 - Half-day
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Following on from the successful ‘Everything you need to know to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing’ program, this advanced skills-based program will focus on questioning vulnerable witnesses where Ground Rules for questioning have been established.

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Wellbeing

Your Future Self: Life Beyond the Bench

15 May 2020 - Full day
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Whether you aspire to a public or academic post, a return to the bar, or have something else in mind, this program will prompt considerations about physical and psychological health, relationships, finances and future goals.

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Victims of Crime in the Courtroom

Cyber, Community and Courts: Technology-Facilitated Abuse

18 May 2020, 4.30pm-6pm
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What do phones, GPS systems, watches, fitness apps, eTags and loyalty cards have in common?  Join us for in-depth discussion about the challenge that technology-facilitated abuse poses to our current ways of working.

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Applying Family Law to Parenting and Property

Applying Family Law to Parenting and Property

21 May 2020 - 22 May 2020
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This National Judicial College of Australia (NJCA) program will enhance the competence and confidence of judicial officers to exercise their jurisdiction under the Family Law Act 1975

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Family Violence

The Intimate Terrorism of Family Violence

11 June 2020 - 12 June 2020
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Explore the social context of family violence and develop skills to identify and respond to family violence in the court or tribunal room.

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Judicial Peer Support

Balancing the Demands of Judicial Life

18 June 2020 - Full day
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This foundational wellbeing program will explain the nature and sources of judicial stress and explore evidence-based practices to improve psychological health and assist you to thrive in the judicial role.

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Budj Bim

Koori Twilight: Speaking up for Budj Bim and the Voice of the Yarra

23 July 2020, 4.30pm-6pm (Date TBC)
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In 2018, the Yarra River was recognised through legislation to be a living entity with an independent voice. In 2019, the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape became the first Australian site to receive World Heritage status exclusively for its cultural significance. Join us for an in-depth discussion about the pathway to recognition and legal implications.

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Coroners Court Conference

19 August 2020 - 21 August 2020
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Our annual Coroners Court Conferences offers a unique opportunity for Victorian, interstate and overseas Coroners to engage with emerging issues challenging society and the impact on their inquisitorial role.

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Self Represented Litigants

Self-represented Litigants: Skills and Strategies

4 September 2020 - Full day
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A refresher on practical communication skills to enhance engagement with self-represented litigants from different backgrounds and experiences, boundary setting and the limits of procedural fairness.

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Koori

Koori Twilight: Voices from the Inside - Women in Custody

15 October 2020, 4.30pm-6pm
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Aboriginal women are the fastest growing prison population. Join us for an in-depth discussion dissecting the drivers and responses to this growth in incarceration of Aboriginal women. 

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Children's Court Conference

21 October 2020 - 22 October 2020
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Our annual Children's Court Conference brings together magistrates from across Victoria to further develop the work of this specialist jurisdiction.

 

 

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Wellbeing

Peer Support for VCAT Members

23 October 2020 - Full day
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Designed specifically with the VCAT context in mind, this program will equip members to recognise the signs of distress in a colleague and how to respond in a compassionate and confident manner.

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Helen Mentha

Motivational Interviewing

13 November 2020 & 27 November 2020
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A two-day facilitated workshop applying Motivational Interviewing theory in the courtroom setting.