As students and teachers head back to the classroom over the next month, Ohio judges also have education on their minds.
Every two years, all judges in the
Buckeye state must complete 40 hours of continuing judicial education. Ten of those 40 CLE hours are required to come from
instruction offered by the Ohio
Supreme Court Judicial College. Those 10 hours can now also be offered by the National Judicial College (NJC). Judges can receive up to one Ohio Judicial
College credit hour for each hour of instruction for a maximum of 10 Judicial
College credit hours.
The Ohio Supreme Court
recently adopted the new amendment, which takes effect Aug. 17.
This rule will bring new
opportunities to judges who wish to experience courses beyond the state level.
And, I’m happy to have more Ohio judges join me in learning at the NJC.
I received my Master of Judicial
Studies in 1992 from the College and University of Nevada, and later joined the
NJC faculty where I teach a variety of courses including a week-long course on Ethical Issues in the Law next scheduled
for September 2016.
NJC courses, originally held only in
Nevada, now have branched out to other locations. Subjects range from the rule
of law to the newest improvements in court technology – all offering the
exchange of ideas and collaboration with judges from other states.
Last year the NJC celebrated its 50th anniversary
in judicial education.