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2018 Criminal Justice Conference

When
2018-02-26 - 2018-02-27
Where
Sheraton Austin at the Capitol 701 E 11th St Austin, TX 78701 UNITED STATES

Program

   

Monday, 26 February 2018

 
Science in the Courtroom: Latest Developments As the landscape of forensic science evolves in Texas and around the country, stakeholders are forced to reevaluate the admissibility and reliability standards used in criminal cases on a regular basis. Learn about the current activities of various Texas organizations working in the area of actual innocence and how their work may affect your duties as the gatekeeper for forensic evidence. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: " Recognize what is being done within the criminal justice system to address the fallacies of certain forensic evidence; " Describe recent changes related to the licensing of forensic expert witnesses; " Assess current activities conducted by the Texas Forensic Science Commission to improve the integrity and reliability of forensic analysis in Texas.
Category
First Breakout
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

Category
First Breakout
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

Implementing Changes in Mental Health Procedures Wondering how the new mental health requirements will affect the day to day procedures in courts across Texas? Learn from judges and stakeholders from various counties about what is working well (or not well) for them. This session will also include information about potential grant funding that courts may be eligible to receive to assist in their implementation efforts. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: " Evaluate the mental health policies and procedures from various counties across Texas; " Analyze challenges that may exist in the current system and develop solutions; and " Determine whether his or her court would be eligible for grant funding.
Category
First Breakout
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:00 AM

Category
Second Breakout
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

Evaluating Scientific Evidence and Considering When - If Ever - Judges Can Ethically Get It For Themselves In our technological society, both the advances in science and our ability to learn about them have never been greater. For the judge, however, these advances present special challenges. First, as science and technology advance, the pressures on judges to stay current with this progress can be great and daunting. The challenges here range from simply understanding the basis for new and newfangled subjects of expert testimony to when new advances (or our understanding of those subjects) overturn what was once thought to be settled expertise. Second, and at the same time, the internet has given judges an immediately available encyclopedia of information regarding just about any subject that might come before them. In theory, then, judges should be able to remain current regarding advances in whatever subjects come before them simply by accessing internet resources. But can judges do so ethically? Dean David Faigman will offer guidance on how judges can best maneuver through this technological revolution. In particular, he will discuss how courts should best integrate changing scientific knowledge into their decision making. In addition, he will examine where the ethical line is situated that separates proper from improper independent judicial research regarding matters that are currently before the court. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: o Evaluate the level of science knowledge necessary for the judicial gatekeeping function; o Analyze the ethical boundaries of independent research related to scientific evidence; and o Understand the judge's responsibility as a "gatekeeper" for evaluating changing scientific evidence.
Category
Second Breakout
Time
2018-02-26 1:00 PM - 2018-02-28 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

Understanding SB 1584 & Available Risk Assessment Tools Many judges have questions about the proper implementation of SB 1584, which requires judges to review a validated risk and needs assessment before setting conditions of probation. Carey Welebob will discuss the impetus behind SB 1584, how judges can practically comply with its requirements, and how risk assessment tools can assist with ordering the conditions of probation and treatment. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: " Describe the provisions of SB 1584; " List validated risk assessment tools available; and " Adopt practical procedures to comply with SB 1584.
Category
Second Breakout
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM

Emerging Practices for Assessing and Enforcing Fines and Fees Judge Ed Spillane serves on the National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices, which is tasked with addressing the ongoing impact that court fines and fees and bail practices have on communities. He will review the Task Force's findings to date, including draft court rules and models, issues arising out of implementation of new procedures, and best practices that have seen success around the county. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: " Identify challenges with current processes and procedures for setting, collecting and waiving court-imposed payments; " Describe suggested guidelines for fines and fees and bail practices; and " Develop new procedures for his or her courtroom based on best practices from around the country.
Category
Third Breakout
Time
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM

Category
Third Breakout
Time
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM

Interrogations, Informants & Identifications: Dotting All the I's of HB 34 The Texas Legislature enacted several measures to help prevent wrongful convictions with HB 34. These new requirements are intended to improve the accuracy and integrity of police interrogations, the use of jailhouse informants, and eye witness identifications. Listen to what these new measures will mean for your courtroom, as well as the criminal justice system as a whole, from both the defense and prosecutorial perspectives. After this presentation, the judge participant will be able to: " Review new mandatory requirements for recording interrogations and use of jailhouse informants; " Describe protocols and best practices that increase accuracy of eye witness identifications; and " Evaluate the impact of the recent legislative changes on the criminal justice system.
Category
Third Breakout
Time
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
2:15 PM

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