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2021 Insights into the Sovereign Citizen Movement (J, SJ, CA, M/S, C)

(Recorded August 31, 2017)

This training was first offered on August 31, 2017. It has since been reaccredited by the CLE Board. The content remains the same. Viewers who previously watched the video and claimed CLE and Judicial Education credit are not eligible for additional credit.

Training Description:

The sovereign citizen movement is experiencing a resurgence in the United States as illustrated by the Bundy standoff and other recent events. This course will provide information on the complex, conspiracy theory fueled, antigovernment beliefs held by sovereign citizens as well as information on the background and growth of the movement. The “paper terrorism” employed by movement adherents will be detailed, along with examples of the more extreme and violent tactics employed by sovereign citizens that have resulted in the murder of criminal justice personnel. Ways to identify sovereign citizens and tips on handling encounters with them will also be explored.


Marshal Travis Hughes and John McCormick, Supreme Court of Nevada, Administrative Office of the Courts

Who Should Attend: 

This course is designed for all Nevada Trial Court judicial officers, quasi-judicial officers, and court staff. Note: Meets Core Competency "Judicial Skills" (JS).

Continuing Education Credit: 

1.0 CLE/CJE. NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through March 4, 2024, and will then be stale dated.


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