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2014 California Rules of Court

Standard 10.10. Judicial branch education

(a) Purpose

Judicial branch education for all trial and appellate judicial officers and court employees is essential to improving the fair, effective, and efficient administration of justice. Judicial branch education is acknowledged as a vital component in achieving the goals of the Judicial Council's Long-Range Strategic Plan, including access and fairness, branch independence, modernization, and quality of justice. The Judicial Council has charged the Governing Committee of the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), an advisory committee to the council, with developing and maintaining a comprehensive and quality education program on behalf of the Judicial Council for the California judicial branch.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(b) Education activities part of official duties

Judicial officers and court employees should consider participation in education activities to be part of their official duties. The responsibility for planning, conducting, and overseeing judicial branch education properly resides in the judicial branch. Standards for judicial branch education are stated in standards 10.11 and 10.15.

(Subd (b) adopted effective January 1, 2007.)

(c) Education objectives

Judicial officers, court employees, educational committees, and others who plan judicial branch educational programs should work to achieve the following objectives:

(1)Provide judicial officers and court employees with the knowledge, skills, and techniques required to competently perform their responsibilities fairly and efficiently;

(2)Assist judicial officers and court employees to prevent bias in order to preserve the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system;

(3)Promote adherence by judicial officers and court employees to the highest ideals of personal and official conduct specified in the California Code of Judicial Ethics and the Code of Ethics for the Court Employees of California;

(4)Improve the administration of justice, reduce court delay, and promote fair and efficient management of court proceedings;

(5)Promote standardized court practices and procedures; and

(6)Implement the Standards of Judicial Administration recommended by the Judicial Council.

(Subd (c) amended and relettered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as subd (b) effective January 1, 1999.)

(d) Elements of comprehensive education program

The Governing Committee of CJER is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive and quality education program for the judicial branch. This program is to be implemented by CJER as the Education Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The program should be designed to meet the educational needs and requirements of judicial officers and court employees as stated in standards 10.11 and 10.15 and should include the following elements:

(1)Developing curricula (instructional and participant materials) for all judicial and administrative courses along a continuum including basic and continuing education. Curricula for judicial courses should cover applicable substantive and procedural law.

(2)Providing directly a range of education programs at the statewide, regional, and local levels, and facilitating the sharing of local and regional court education resources.

(3)Developing skills-based curricula for judicial officers and court employees focused on learning practical skills, including management skills training and technology skills training.

(4)Conducting train-the-trainer programs for judicial officers and court employees to develop a large group of experienced faculty that can deliver and support the delivery of curricula at the local and regional levels.

(5)Providing technical assistance and other assistance, coordination, and support for local education programs, including curricula, written materials, videotapes, and trained faculty. This element is particularly important in providing sufficient education opportunities for court employees.

(6)Developing and distributing a range of publications, audio- and videotapes, and other education services, including both electronic and print media.

(7)Developing alternative delivery of judicial branch education services by means of distance learning, such as delivery of live programs on the Internet, satellite broadcasting, videoconferencing, CD-ROM and Internet publishing, and computer-based instruction.

(8)Developing comprehensive materials to support ongoing efforts and provide a range of opportunities in the critical area of fairness education for judicial officers and court employees.

(9)Developing comprehensive materials in order to provide a range of opportunities in management training and leadership development for both judicial officers and court employees, including substantial skills-based training. Course development in this area should recognize the differences in managing courts of different sizes.

(10)Publishing and distributing on a regular basis a catalog or compendium of education opportunities available at the state and local levels, including programs, audio- and videotapes, publications, and other education services.

(Subd (d) amended and relettered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as subd (c) effective January 1, 1999.)

Standard 10.10 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as sec. 25 effective January 1, 1999.

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