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NJJN Webinar - Using Language in Court That Youth Can Understand: the Washington Judicial Colloquies

October 31, 2012

juvenile-justice-reform_WA-judicial-colloquiesEver wondered how to translate what we know about youth development into practice in the juvenile justice system? Well, TeamChild, our member from Washington State, has done just that with their "Judicial Colloquies" project. Join this webinar to learn what practice rooted in youth development would look like in court.

Here's the problem: when youth end up in court, they're often confused and uncertain about the purpose of the proceedings, and what's expected of them when they leave. Why? Because much of the language used there by professionals goes right over their heads.

Now, you can change that, with help from a new guide from Models for Change, called the "Washington Judicial Colloquies Project: a Guide for Improving Communication and Understanding in Court." The document provides guidance on how to consistently use developmentally-appropriate language in court that youth can understand.

TeamChild, NJJN's member in Washington state, led the development of the guide as part of its participation with the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN). Working with a team of experts, including the National Juvenile Defender Center and a group of teens (many with experience in juvenile court), TeamChild produced a guide that offers draft bench "colloquies" for two critical hearings—(1) an accused juvenile’s first appearance, at which rights and conditions of release are explained, and (2) disposition hearings, at which the consequences of conviction and conditions of probation are explained.

When the team evaluated the effectiveness of the colloquies, they found that while youth ordinarily understood only 1/3 of the conditions of release and probation (ordered only minutes before), they understood 90% of them if the colloquies were employed.

Want to learn more? Then register for this free webinar and alert your colleagues!

WHEN: November 7, 2012, 11 am PST / 1 pm CST / 2 pm EST
WHO: Rosa Peralta of TeamChild
WHAT: Ms. Peralta will provide an introduction to the colloquies and be available to answer questions. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Rosa Peralta has worked with a wide range of private, public and volunteer sector organizations to support and improve services for young people. As the research associate at TeamChild in Seattle, WA, she coordinates the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN) and the Models For Change (MfC) defender projects in Washington State.

Prior to completing her Ph.D. training in Sociology at the University of Michigan, Rosa worked for many years as a criminal defense investigator at one of Seattle’s public defense agencies. Rosa taught sociology at the University of Michigan and she also developed and managed recruitment and retention programs for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students.

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