What is Model Court?

What is Model Court?

Livingston County is the only county in Michigan with a "Model Court."  The Model Court is a program of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NFJFCJ).  Selection as a NCJFCJ Model Court means that our Court and other organizations in the community such as Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health, schools, agencies and other professionals consistently work together, with the support of state and national resources toward the goal of providing the best possible processes, programs, and outcomes for children and families involved in our child protection and juvenile justice system.

There are only 34 NCJFCJ Model Courts in the US for Child Protection cases, and only nine NCJFCJ Model Courts for Juvenile Justice cases. There are only three jurisdictions at this time that have both types of Model Courts, and Livingston County is one of them. Other Model Courts are in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and other large jurisdictions. Livingston County is one of only a few Model Courts without a major urban area. To learn more about Model Courts, including a list of NCJFCJ Model Court jurisdictions, click here.