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2014 California Rules of Court

Standard 10.12. Judicial education for judicial officers in particular judicial assignments

Each judicial officer, as part of his or her continuing judicial education, should participate in educational activities related to the following particular judicial assignments:

(a) Jury trials

A judicial officer assigned to jury trials should use Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) educational materials or other appropriate materials or attend CJER or other appropriate educational programs devoted to the conduct of jury voir dire and the treatment of jurors.

(b) Family court

Every judicial officer whose principal judicial assignment is to hear family law matters or who is the sole judicial officer hearing such matters should attend the following judicial education programs:

(1)Basic education

Within three months of beginning a family law assignment, or within one year of beginning a family law assignment in courts with five or fewer judicial officers, the judicial officer should attend a basic educational program on California family law and procedure designed primarily for judicial officers. A judicial officer who has completed the basic educational program need not attend the program again. All other judicial officers who hear family law matters, including retired judicial officers who sit on court assignment, should participate in appropriate family law educational programs.

(2)Continuing education

The judicial officer should attend a periodic update on new developments in California family law and procedure.

(3)Other education

To the extent that judicial time and resources are available, the judicial officer should attend additional educational programs on other aspects of family law, including interdisciplinary subjects relating to the family.

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

(c) Juvenile dependency court

Each judicial officer whose principal judicial assignment is to hear juvenile dependency matters or who is the sole judicial officer hearing juvenile dependency matters should attend judicial education programs as follows:

(1)em] Basic education

Within one year of beginning a juvenile dependency assignment, the judicial officer should receive basic education on California juvenile dependency law and procedure designed primarily for judicial officers. All other judicial officers who hear juvenile dependency matters, including retired judicial officers who sit on court assignment, should participate in appropriate educational programs, including written materials and videotapes designed for self-study.

(2)em] Continuing education

The judicial officer should annually attend the CJER Juvenile Law and Procedure Institute and one additional education program related to juvenile dependency law, including programs sponsored by CJER, the California Judges Association, the Judicial Council, the National Judicial College, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and other programs approved by the presiding judge. The use of video- and audiotapes may substitute for attendance.

Standard 10.12 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as sec. 25.2 effective January 1, 1999.

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