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UNC School of Government

The Magistrate's Role in Involuntary Commitment

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This course is sponsored by NC Judicial College.

This 3 day course is offered each spring through the North Carolina Judicial College. This course is intended for magistrates who conduct hearings related to involuntary commitments. Topics will include identifying information relevant to the commitment decision, developing proficiency in interviewing and other skills for eliciting information, making the legal determinations of the presence of a mental illness and dangerousness, and properly implementing the decision to initiate the involuntary commitment process.


Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Civil Commitment and Guardianship
  • Civil Commitment

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Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles Magistrates


Dona Lewandowski joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1985 and spent the next five years writing, teaching, and consulting with district court judges in the area of family law. In 1990, following the birth of her son, she left the Institute to devote full time to her family. She r...
Mark Botts joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1992. Prior to that, he served judicial clerkships with the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Botts' publications include A Legal Manual for Are...

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