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The mission of the Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) is to identify, engage, encourage, and support Judges nationally who will lead the effort to improve court responses to domestic and teen dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

"A coordinated community response involves increased information sharing, communication and coordination among criminal justice agencies and community-based social services."

Domestic Violence Courts, Center for Court Innovation

Judicial Notes:

Information sharing in Community Collaborative Response Systems often requires a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be developed between partner agencies. In therapeutic court models defendants tend to be diverted into a court with a legal carrot, implicitly or explicitly accepting information sharing practices which are not traditionally recognized in general courts. However, in Due Process Non-Ex Parte courts, information sharing may be limited. In general information sharing in a traditional court unconnected with a CCR may only occur at judicial reviews where the court can receive compliance information.

Where It All Began

The Judicial Engagement Network (JEN) began as an identified need to engage the judiciary in communities to strive for judicial excellence. Because courts hold a unique position in protecting social values, it places judges in an important position to lead changes in their own courts and communities. Through JEN, judges and judicial officers will be able to connect within a network of judges to promote best judicial practices, trends, and successful outcomes that are based on principle and better outcomes for families.  Judges will be able to, in a network of their peers, craft and hone leadership skills to effect change in their communities, share practices, and pass knowledge to the next generation of judges.

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