Education and Training
Uniform and extensive training is provided by the Judiciary to all new Municipal Court personnel. The Presiding Judges-Municipal Courts, Municipal Division Managers and staff from the Municipal Court Services Division of the Administrative Office of the Courts develop and conduct education and training programs for Municipal Court Judges, administrators and support staff. Personnel from the Municipal Courts, other state agencies, and subject-matter experts assist in the conduct of these training sessions.
There are two primary types of trainings offered for Municipal Court staff. First, training is provided on all facets of the ATS/ACS automated system. Additional training is provided to instruct staff on all aspects of the job. This additional training is the Principles of Court Administration (Principles) curriculum is offered in four levels consisting of a total of 21 days of instruction. Subject matter covered in Principles starts with basic court information and legal procedures and progresses through statutes, Rules of Court, ethics, advanced case management, budget issues, financial procedures, to management and leadership for court managers.
Additionally, training on topics of special interest is given periodically to apprise Municipal Court personnel of recent legislative or procedural changes that have occurred or to meet other, mandated training requirements.
There are two primary training sessions for Municipal Court Judges.
The New Judges Orientation Seminar is an annual training program designed to acquaint new Municipal Court Judges with areas of substantive law and administration, such as judicial ethics, budget and fiscal management, case management and court administration. The training format includes five days of workshops and lectures;
The Annual Judicial Conference is a mandatory one-day training session for all Municipal Court Judges. The Conference includes panel discussions on topics of importance and interest, such as judicial conduct, domestic violence, Driving While Intoxicated, case management, motions to suppress, and other recent developments in the law.