Date: January 28, 2004                                            Contact: Laura Kiernan
                                                                                             Court Information Officer
                                                                                             271-2646 x359


Judge Vaughan to Attend Conference on Courtroom Management

CONCORD—Coos County Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Vaughan has been awarded a scholarship by the State Justice Institute to attend a seminar on courtroom management sponsored by the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev.

     The seminar, which will be held in March in Reno, is designed as a forum for judges to share ideas on a variety of issues including management of cases involving self-represented litigants and conduct of jury and non-jury trials. The National Judicial College is the nation’s leading institution for ongoing judicial education. Judge Vaughan, who also hears cases in Grafton County, has just completed his first year as a state trial court judge.

    Participants in the seminar will learn about various types of problem-solving courts, including domestic violence, mental health and drug courts. Other topics at the seminar will include developments in criminal law and procedure, family law, judicial discretion, judicial ethics, sentencing and evidentiary rulings.

    The non-profit State Justice Institute, headquartered in Alexandria, Va., was established by the federal government to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts. Institute grants are also intended to promote better communication between the state and federal courts to help resolve common problems.

    More information about the Institute is available on the SJI website at