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2015 California Rules of Court

Rule 10.473. Minimum education requirements for trial court executive officers

(a) Applicability

All California trial court executive officers must complete these minimum education requirements. All executive officers should participate in more education than is required, related to each individual's responsibilities and in accordance with the education recommendations set forth in rule 10.479.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2008.)

(b) Content-based requirement

(1)Each new executive officer must complete the Presiding Judges Orientation and Court Management Program provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts' Education Division/Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) within one year of becoming an executive officer and should participate in additional education during the first year.

(2)Each executive officer should participate in CJER's Presiding Judges Orientation and Court Management Program each time a new presiding judge from his or her court participates in the course and each time the executive officer becomes the executive officer in a different court.

(c) Hours-based requirement

(1)Each executive officer must complete 30 hours of continuing education, including at least three hours of ethics education, every three years beginning on the following date:

(A)For a new executive officer, the first three-year period begins on January 1 of the year following completion of the required education for new executive officers.

(B)For all other executive officers, the first three-year period began on January 1, 2007.

(2)The following education applies toward the required 30 hours of continuing education:

(A)Any education offered by an approved provider (see rule 10.481(a)) and any other education, including education taken to satisfy a statutory or other education requirement, approved by the presiding judge as meeting the criteria listed in rule 10.481(b).

(B)Each hour of participation in traditional (live, face-to-face) education; distance education such as broadcasts, videoconferences, and online coursework; self-directed study; and faculty service counts toward the requirement on an hour-for-hour basis. Each court executive officer must complete at least half of his or her continuing education hours requirement as a participant in traditional (live, face-to-face) education. The court executive officer may complete the balance of his or her education hours requirement through any other means with no limitation on any particular type of education.

(C)A court executive officer who serves as faculty by teaching legal or judicial education to a legal or judicial audience may apply education hours as faculty service. Credit for faculty service counts toward the continuing education requirement in the same manner as all other types of education-on an hour-for-hour basis.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2013; previously amended effective January 1, 2008, January 1, 2011, and January 1, 2012.)

(d) Extension of time

(1)For good cause, a presiding judge may grant a one-year extension of time to complete the education requirements in (b) and (c).

(2)If the presiding judge grants a request for an extension of time, the executive officer, in consultation with the presiding judge, must also pursue interim means of obtaining relevant educational content.

(3)An extension of time to complete the hours-based requirement does not affect the timing of the executive officer's next three-year period.

(e) Record of participation; statement of completion

Each executive officer is responsible for:

(1)Tracking his or her own participation in education and keeping a record of participation for three years after each course or activity that is applied toward the requirements;

(2)At the end of each year, giving the presiding judge a copy of his or her record of participation in education for that year; and

(3)At the end of each three-year period, giving the presiding judge a signed statement of completion for that three-year period.

(Subd (e) amended effective January 1, 2008.)

Rule 10.473 amended effective January 1, 2013; adopted as rule 10.463 effective January 1, 2007; previously amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2008; previously amended effective January 1, 2011, and January 1, 2012.

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