Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Educating Judges

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

For the first time, anyone interested in education and training from the Supreme of Ohio Judicial College can browse courses, access material, register and take selected courses entirely online, all without leaving home or office.

The Judicial eCademy launched this week, the culmination of more than a year of work and planning to increase training options for local judges and other parties, improve efficiency and reduce costs.

The Judicial College has offered online registration to judges and magistrates since February 2009. The new system extends the convenience to court personnel, guardians ad litem and others whose education needs are served by the Supreme Court, while providing courses and educational materials to all users.

“In these difficult budgetary times, we must continue to innovate and find ways to use technology to do an even better job for less money,” said Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “The Judicial eCademy enables us to educate and train judges, magistrates, court personnel and other partners in the court system while reducing travel expenses to local courts and reducing printing costs.”

Judicial eCademy users can browse the Judicial College catalog of traditional and online courses and register online for any course. Users will be able to download items from an archive of past course materials available soon on the site.

Judicial College Director Milt Nuzum said not only can users meet some of their continuing education requirements by completing coursework on the new site, but the convenience will be attractive too.

“Judicial eCademy users can take some of the online courses at home or at the office anytime that’s convenient for them,” he said. “They can stop the course midstream if they want to research a little more about a particular aspect and pick up the session later.”

While the Judicial College will seek to add courses to its distance learning inventory over time and acquire existing courses, Nuzum said the Judicial College courses will continue offering most courses in the traditional, classroom setting. The Judicial eCademy will serve as a one-stop shop for all judicial training and education available from the Judicial College. To explore the Judicial eCademy, visit http://judicialecademy.ohio.gov/.

(Mike Frisch)

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