Child Development for Judges

This four-day course, offered by the North Carolina Judicial College, is designed for North Carolina district court judges who hear juvenile or child custody cases. The objective of the course is to allow participants to learn about child development in a small-group, interactive setting. To make this possible, attendance will be limited to 25 participants.


Program Topics:

  • Normative child development: infancy to adolescence
  • Impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on development and practical strategies to build a trauma-informed courtroom
  • Autism spectrum disorders, early onset behavior disorders, and mental health conditions
  • Making developmentally appropriate judicial decisions

The application deadline for this course is Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5:00pm. Applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted via email the following week.

This course qualifies for CJE credit. This is one of four courses required for juvenile certification and one of two courses required for judges new to a family court rotation in a family court district.

CJE17.25 hrs
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Olivia Howes

Program Associate, Courts Group
Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government