FJI implementation tools
This document is for courts considering implementation of the Family Justice Initiative (FJI) Principles. This self-assessment tool is designed to help court leaders highlight priority areas and foresee potential barriers to implementation
Use this checklist to determine the extent to which your current court practices are aligned with the principles of the Family Justice Initiative
Courts may use these measures to set baseline measurements and to monitor the impacts of FJI processes over time.
Resources have been created to assist courts in dealing with administering family justice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A resolution supporting the redesign of justice processes for families was passed at the CCJ/COSCA 2020 Annual
Meeting on July 30, 2020.
- Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators Resolution 4: In Support of a Call to Redesign Justice Processes for Families
A resolution was passed by the the Courts, Children, and Families Committee at the Conference of Chief Justices 2019 Midyear Meeting on February 13, 2019.
Pandemic Positives: Extending the Reach of Court and Legal Services
This report details how these courts, self-help centers, legal aid centers, and law/public libraries made the transition to remote services, including what their existing processes consisted of, how they messaged the changes to their customers, the ways in which they balanced remote services with in-person needs, the technologies they used, and the limitations caused by existing infrastructure.
- September 30, 2020 - Bold national guidelines outlined to strengthen family courts.
- April 11, 2019 - The Conference of Chief Justices adopts guidelines to make family courts work for the families they serve.
- October 4, 2018 - Family courts need to adapt to modern families, new study shows.
- November 8, 2017 - Family Justice Initiative to improve court process for domestic relations cases.
2020 conference dates
- The Family Justice Initiative: A Unified Effort to Support Modern Families in Divorce and Dissolution. This panel presentedindings/ promising practices and pilot representatives will lend insights/lessons learned in working with stakeholders/community partners to improve domestic relations. Presenters include: Chief Justice Joel Bolger, Alaska Supreme Court and Chair, FJI; Judge Janet Helson, Chief Judge of the King County Unified Family Court; Alicia Davis, Project Manager, FJI; and Dr. Melissa Sickmund, FJI Research.
- Engaging Modern Families Through the Family Justice Initiative, NACM August 2019
Oregon Judicial Branch Forms for Family Law: Additional information can be found at the links below.
- Informal Domestic Relations Brochure and Information for Selecting Which Type of Trial.
- Oregon Judicial Department, Uniform Trial Court Rule 8.120 on Informal Domestic Relations Trials.
Alaska Court System Self-Help Center: Family law information on informal trials can be found at the links below.
- Getting ready for Hearing or Trial
- Domestic Relations Trials: Understanding the Two Options
- Family law hearing and trial prep videos
Access the Justice for All Informal Domestic Relations presentation and toolkit resources related to it. This effort was led by Danielle Hirsch, Principle Court Management Consultant for NCSC.
- CCJ/COSCA Family Justice Initiative Virtual Triage, Pathways, and COVID-19
- Civil Justice Improvements Committee. Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All. National Center for State Courts.
- NCSC (2018). Executive Summary, Colorado Domestic Relations Triage Pilot.
- Clarke, T. (2017). Triage Protocols for Divorce and Child Custody Cases. National Center for State Courts.
- Marz, S. (2019). Faster and as Satisfying: An Evaluation of Alaska's Early Resolution Triage Program. Family Court Review, Vol. 57 No. 4, October 2019 478-490
- Howe, W. and Hall, J. (2017). Oregon's Informal Domestic Relations Trial: A New Tool to Efficiently and Fairly Manage Family Court Trials. Family Court Review, 55(1), pp.70-83.
- National Center for State Courts (2018). Colorado State Court Administrator's Office Domestic Relation's Triage Project. National Center for State Courts, pp.1-32.
- Clarke, T. and Flango, V. (2011). Case Triage for the 21st Century, Future Trends in State Courts.
- Salem, P. (July 2009). The Emergence of Triage in Family Court Services: The Beginning of the End for Mandatory Mediation?, Family Court Review, Vol. 47 No. 3.
- Davis, G., Frederick, L., and Ver Steegh, N., (2015). Practice Guides for Family Court Decision-Making in Domestic Abuse-Related Child Custody Matters. Battered Women's Justice Project, pp.1-62.