Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm (CST)
This webinar will explain the concept of court culture and how do courts have their own culture? What are characteristics of court culture? How can those qualities help or hinder litigants on domestic violence cases, both petitioners and respondents?
- Define the concept of court culture and how it impacts the experience of court staff.
- Explain the intersectionality between court culture and access to justice for litigants.
- Distinguish the specific court culture within participant’s own jurisdiction.
- Recognize the role of neutrality specific to domestic violence cases.
Liberty Aldrich, JD, Director of Gender Based Violence Programs, Center for Court Innovation
Liberty Aldrich, JD, Director of Gender Based Violence Programs at the Center for Court Innovation, provides technical assistance on the development and implementation of domestic violence and sexual assault criminal justice programs nationally and internationally. Ms. Aldrich works with government and non-government agencies to implement a coordinated community response to gender-based and family violence. She has also been retained as a consultant to family courts and government agencies on child protective and custody programs.
Rosa C. Figarola, Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County
Rosa Figarola is a circuit court judge assigned to the Unified Family Division in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Prior to her present assignment, she served in the Dependency, Family, Domestic Violence and Criminal Divisions in Miami-Dade County. She is a former Assistant Public Defender, serving in the Office of the Public Defender from 1982 until her appointment to the County Court Bench in 2001. She was appointed to the Circuit Court Bench in 2011. Judge Figarola is a 1982 graduate from the University Of Miami School Of Law. She has been an adjunct professor in Family Law and Trial Advocacy at St. Thomas School of Law in Miami and serves in community service boards addressing domestic violence. Judge Figarola participates in several programs and boards designed to help educate judges and stakeholders regarding issues surrounding the adjudication of domestic violence cases. She has also participated in symposiums addressing gender bias such as the Caribbean Dialogue on Rule of Law and Gender-Based Violence held in Miami in 2012 and conducted a presentation on trauma informed courts in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March 2016.