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2015 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.469. Judicial education recommendations for justices, judges, and subordinate judicial officers

(a) Judicial education recommendations generally

Each justice, judge and subordinate judicial officer, as part of his or her continuing judicial education, should regularly participate in educational activities related to his or her responsibilities and particular judicial assignment or assignments. Minimum education requirements and expectations related to judicial responsibilities and assignments are set forth in rules 10.461-10.462. Additional education requirements related to specific responsibilities are set forth in rule 10.463 (for those hearing family law matters), rule 10.464 (for those hearing domestic violence issues), and rule 10.468 (for those hearing probate proceedings). The following recommendations illustrate for some specific responsibilities and assignments how justices, judges, and subordinate judicial officers should participate in more judicial education than is required and expected.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2012.)

(b) Jury trial assignment

Each judge or subordinate judicial officer assigned to jury trials should regularly use the Administrative Office of the Courts' Education Division/CJER educational materials or other appropriate materials and should regularly complete CJER or other appropriate educational programs devoted to the conduct of jury voir dire and the treatment of jurors.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2012.)

(c) Hearing of juvenile dependency matters

Each judge or subordinate judicial officer who hears juvenile dependency matters, including retired judges who sit on court assignment, should regularly use appropriate educational materials and should annually complete appropriate education programs on juvenile dependency law and procedure, consistent with the requirements in Welfare and Institutions Code section 304.7.

(d) Capital case assignment

Each judge assigned to hear a capital case should complete before the commencement of the trial a comprehensive education program on California law and procedure relevant to capital cases provided by CJER. A judge with a subsequent assignment to a capital case should complete a periodic update course within two years before the commencement of the trial. The periodic update may be provided through actual classroom instruction or through video, audio, or other media as determined by CJER.

(e) Fairness and access education

In order to achieve the objective of assisting judicial officers in preserving the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system through the prevention of bias, each justice, judge, and subordinate judicial officer should regularly participate in education on fairness and access. The education should include the following subjects: race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, persons with disabilities, and sexual harassment.

Rule 10.469 amended effective January 1, 2012; adopted effective January 1, 2008.

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