NCJA programs are developed using adult learning principles; this means the programs are highly interactive and engaging for participants. Programs are designed to provide participants with practical skills and knowledge and this is achieved through structured small group discussion and hands-on practical exercises relevant to the program topics. With the focus being on interactive learning rather than lectures this means that most College programs are suitable for 25 to 30 participants.
Programs such as the National Judicial Orientation Program (NJOP- presented with the support of the NSW Judicial Commission, the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, and the Judicial College of Victoria) and the National Magistrates Orientation Program are now a fixture in the national judicial education calendar and also attract participants from overseas.
The College also offers a limited number of larger conferences. These cater for a multi-disciplinary audience of judicial officers, academics, government officers, legal practitioners and others with an interest in learning about the latest research and developments in fields relevant to the work of the courts.