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

  • Secured approval from the Judicial Council for a mandatory Judicial Ethics course for all judges and magistrates. Build and implement said course.
  • Organize and host the inaugural Certificate Programs Graduate Day.
  • Proficiency-Based Education and Training System (PBETS) rollout.
  • Use a proficiency-based program to educate all courtroom staff on effective communication, excellent customer service, and assisting difficult people.
  • Develop and implement a mandatory online Implicit Bias for all Judiciary Employees course.
  • Create micro-learning for “Just-In-Time” training on targeted subject matter.
  • Research and recommend cost-neutral educational resources that support continuing education. Make available Judiciary-wide.
  • Collaborate with Court Technology Committee to survey the Judiciary on technology preparedness for educational online courses. Provide results to the Court Operations Committee.
  • Enhance Certificate Program curricula design to maximize learning.
  • Require a minimum number of continuing education hours for various employee classifications.
  • Develop an educational liaison program.
  • Implement a bi-annual faculty conference in which various faculty development-related workshops are offered, along with a plenary session attended by educational experts, etc.
  • Create a network of educational podcasts that may be of interest to Judiciary employees.

College Updates

In 2019, the College accomplished the following:

  • Piloted judicial webinar series for CLE credit.
  • Conducted webinars on writing effective emails.
  • Increased field training offerings in both Judicial Education and Professional Development.
  • Established and implemented an ADA-compliant standard for all courses. This was a 2020 strategic goal that was initiated in 2019.
  • Developed and offered an expanded list of webinars across all three educational College offices.
  • Expanded volunteer programming to include resources that will assist with faculty development (newsletter, templates, etc.)
  • Initiated development of Certificate Program Alumni Day.
  • Researched and identified topics that are critical for all Judiciary employees to receive training on.
  • Created a standard set of education-related templates for course materials Judiciary-wide.
  • Continued to work on the development of the Proficiency-Based Education and Training System (PBETS) rollout.
  • Developed and rolled out the Training of Trainers (TOT) program offered to all volunteer faculty.
  • New Employee Technology Orientation – Judges edition was rolled out, providing a "technology 101" for all new judges within their first few weeks with the Judiciary.
  • Professional Development expanded course offering by partnering with external subject-matter experts.