Judicial College

Mission

The Judicial College adds value to the Maryland Judiciary by providing relevant, results-oriented education and professional development for all stakeholders to reach their peak potential and support, fair, efficient, and effective justice for all.

Vision

The Judicial College of Maryland is considered the premier learning institution for judicial and court education in the country. Read more.

Goals

  • Offer courses through the Judicial College for all identified stakeholder groups.
  • Install a comprehensive proficiency based (performance based) education system.
  • Expand online and hybrid course offerings for all stakeholders.
  • Implement a structured curriculum framework across the Judiciary.
  • Institute a rigorous evaluation program for all courses using Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.
  • Offer regional educational courses throughout the state.
  • Expand our use of faculty from other disciplines.
  • Incorporate transfer of learning (TOL) strategies into all courses.
  • Provide training of trainer courses on a regular and rotating basis.

College Updates

  • In 2018 we added the Technology Education Course Catalog to our portfolio. All three of our education-based departments now offer course catalogs.
  • In 2018 we expanded our webinar offers through the Department of Professional Development
  • November 2018, we roll out the inaugural Magistrates Conference.
  • In 2018 we offered field-based courses for our judges and magistrates.
  • We rolled out MDEC CORE in January 2018 for all new employees of MDEC Jurisdictions.
  • The Department of Judicial Education expanded its development of bench cards for judges and magistrates, which now includes 13 items.
  • To attract judges as mentors for our Mentor Program for New Trial Judges, we made available a recruitment commercial.
  • Beginning February 2018, the Judiciary’s Educational Assistance/Tuition Reimbursement Program became automated through CONNECT.
  • The Judicial College has six proficiency-based education and training workgroups. These workgroups are hard at work developing behavioral job descriptions and proficiencies, identifying learning objectives, and developing foundational training for all new employees in the following positions:
    • Administrative Judges
    • Commissioners
    • Judiciary Clerks (District & Circuit)
    • Courtroom Clerks (District & Circuit)
    • Judicial Assistants
    • Supervisors/Managers