Geared toward practicing judges, the general jurisdiction course at the National Judicial College provides a platform for discussion while offering in-depth professional study. The course teaches a comprehensive skill set that includes courtroom and trial management as well as informed decision making. Judges integrate these skills with training in effective communication with attorneys, the public, and the media. Students also learn and apply the most current developments in law and trial procedure as applied to criminal and family law.
For the most part, the course targets judges who have taken the bench in the past six to 24 months, although the course is also open to those who have completed the College's Special Court Jurisdiction course. Some students are enrolled in the College's judicial studies degree track, while others are pursuing certificates in such areas as judicial development and trial skills. All students benefit from the course's collaborative nature.