The National Judicial College (NJC) announced that the Honorable Bruce Winters of the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in Port Clinton served as a discussion leader
for the Ohio Justice Leaders Symposium: Enhancing Court Efficiency through Emerging Addiction Science, Aug. 20-22 in Columbus.
After attending this symposium, participants are able to describe the extent of substance abuse in the justice system and relate it to the specific issues in their own jurisdiction, describe addiction as a brain disease that impacts behavior, identify the key elements of recovery and management in the community, and apply the science and evidence-based practices in judicial decision making throughout the entire criminal justice system. The symposium was also attended by some of Judge Winters’ colleagues, including Judy Flood, chief probation officer; Angie Plant, chemical dependency counselor; James VanEerten, court administrator; Erin Cain, defense attorney representative; and David Boldt, assistant prosecuting attorney. The training and travel was without cost to the county tax payers.
The National Judicial College was founded in 1963 and is the nation’s leading provider of judicial education.