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AJA Judicial Education Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $350,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The American Judges Association (AJA) in partnership with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will create an innovative, web-based domestic violence training resource accessible to judges nationwide. Using adult-learning instruction tools, various training modules will provide affordable, comprehensive domestic violence training to new and experienced judges and enable self-paced learning. AJA distance learning will give judges across the country the opportunity, at their own convenience, to learn from national experts they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see, without the time or expense of travel. This initiative will strengthen the education and training provided to state court judges.


Date Created: September 7, 2010