Understanding Substance Use Disorder for District Court Judges

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    This course is offered through the North Carolina Judicial College. This is a basic introduction to substance abuse in the courts. The course covers why judges need to know about substance abuse and the nature of substance use and the science behind it. It also addresses the opioid epidemic, treatment and services, and confidentiality laws. It will focus on substance abuse and how it comes up in delinquency and parenting cases. Instructors will assume that course participants have little or no expertise in the areas of alcohol or drug abuse related illnesses and treatment practices.


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

    There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

    Materials from the 2024 Understanding Substance Use Disorder training are available online here.

    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:

    Erica Carlisle

    Program Manager, Courts Group
    Professor of Public Law and Government