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2014 California Rules of Court

Standard 10.15. General court employee education standards

(a) Court employee education generally

Court employee education for all trial and appellate court employees is essential to enhancing the fair and efficient administration of justice. The Judicial Council strives to reach all court employees with educational opportunities. Court employees should consider participation in judicial branch education activities to be an official duty. The responsibility for planning, conducting, and overseeing judicial branch education properly rests in the judicial branch.

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

(b) Responsibilities of executive and administrative officers

Executive and administrative officers should develop, as a part of the annual budget process for their courts, annual education plans that facilitate employees' participation as both students and faculty in judicial branch education programs, as prescribed by this standard. The plans may designate, either locally or regionally, a training specialist to coordinate the implementation of the plans. The plans should include methods of measuring the effectiveness of education programs. A copy of the locally developed education plans should be forwarded to the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), which will serve as a depository.

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

(c) Court employee education objectives

Court employee educational committees and others who plan educational programs should endeavor to achieve the objectives specified in standard 10.10(c).

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

(d) Executive and administrative officer education

(1)Executive and administrative officers should participate in a minimum of one core course offered by the Judicial Council through CJER (e.g., a course in leadership, organizational change, technology, budgeting, community and media relations, caseflow management, management teams, team building, or strategic planning) within one year of appointment.

(2)Executive and administrative officers should annually participate in a minimum of one continuing education course or conference (e.g., California Judicial Administration Conference or Continuing Judicial Studies Program) offered by the Judicial Council through CJER or by other providers.

(3)Executive and administrative officers should participate in a course on fairness and diversity offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

(4)Executive and administrative officers should make use of alternative methods of delivery of educational programming offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

(5)Executive and administrative officers should make training available to their employees on a local or regional level. This training should include an orientation program for all new employees on the background, history, and structure of the judicial branch, including the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

(6)Executive and administrative officers retain authority to determine whether employees may attend an education program, based on the program's quality and relevance.

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

(e) Manager education

(1)Managers should participate annually in a minimum of one core course on leadership, management, or supervision offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

(2)Managers should participate in a course on fairness and diversity offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

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

(f) Employee education

(1)Employees should participate within the first year of employment in a local orientation program that includes the background, history, and structure of the judicial branch.

(2)Employees should participate in a minimum of one continuing education course annually. This course may be offered by the Judicial Council through CJER, statewide by the clerks' associations, or locally by other providers. It may include a college course that is work related.

(3)Employees should participate in a course on fairness and diversity offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

(4)Employees should participate in a course covering appropriate skills and conduct for working with court customers offered locally or by the Judicial Council through CJER.

(5)Eligible employees are encouraged to participate in the Court Clerk Training Institute within five years of appointment.

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

(g) Fairness education

In order to achieve the objective of assisting court employees in preserving the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system through the prevention of bias, all court employees should receive education on fairness. The education should include instruction on race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, persons with disabilities, and sexual harassment.

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

(h) Education on treatment of jurors

The presiding judge of each trial court should ensure that all court administrators and all court employees who interact with jurors are properly trained in the appropriate treatment of jurors. Court administrators and jury staff employees should use CJER educational materials or other appropriate materials or attend CJER programs or other appropriate programs devoted to the treatment of jurors.

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

(i) Service as faculty and committee members

In addition to participating as students in educational activities, court employees should be allowed and encouraged to serve on court employee education committees and as faculty at court employee education programs when an employee's services have been requested for these purposes by the Judicial Council, CJER, or the court.

(j) Reimbursement of expenses

A court employee should be reimbursed, in accordance with applicable state or local rules, by his or her court for actual and necessary travel and subsistence expenses incurred in attending a court employee education program as a student participant under this standard, except to the extent that the education provider sponsoring the program pays the expenses. Every court's budget should provide for those expenses.

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

Standard 10.15 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as sec. 25.6 effective January 1, 1999.

Advisory Committee Comment

Subdivision (a). This subdivision recognizes that court employees should develop, maintain, and improve their professional competence by participating in training programs when they assume their positions and thereafter in continuing education programs throughout their careers. The judicial branch should assess its own educational needs and establish appropriate programs.

Subdivision (b). The educational plans provided for in the subdivision are important for the ultimate effectiveness of judicial branch education in this state. Court employees who serve as faculty at education programs are assumed to derive educational benefits comparable to, if not greater than, those received by student participants.

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