The OCI's virtual courtroom is designed to introduce judges and court staff to issues and challenges that typically arise in civil domestic violence cases. Conflicting testimony, lack of counsel, paternity, child support, and allegations of violations are some of the challenges that often arise. This training program presents video scenarios and pertinent documents related to pro se parties engaged in a civil domestic violence injunction case.
The domestic violence case management virtual classroom presents video scenarios and pertinent documents related to the case manager’s role in a civil domestic violence injunction case. After viewing the video segments and documents for each stage in a domestic violence case, the case manager in training is called upon to answer questions about his or her role in the process and appropriate procedures. Participants then receive feedback from the program which suggests why their answer may or may not have been the most appropriate.
The dependency virtual court, modeled after the domestic violence virtual court, takes the user to an interactive courtroom to judge a shelter hearing. The user watches testimony and then must rule on a variety of issues such as paternity, child support and psychotropic medication. A variety of resources are also available at the user’s fingertips such as the newly updated dependency Benchbook, Florida statutes, and Florida rules of juvenile procedure. This program is an excellent resource not just for dependency judges but also for duty judges that hear shelter hearings.
For More Information About the
Virtual Court Online Training, Contact:
Office of Court Improvement
Supreme Court of Florida
Office of the State Courts Administrator
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-1900
Phone:850-414-1507 or Fax: 850-414-1505
E-mail the Virtual Court staff with your questions:
Domestic Violence Contacts: Andy Wentzell, Kathleen Tailer and Austin Newberry
Dependency Court Contacts: Kathleen Tailer, John Couch and Jovasha Lang