COVID-19 Response: Training Opportunities During Social Distancing
As Arizona’s courts increasingly shift to social distancing practices and teleworking, the Education Services Division is committed to providing a host of resources to assist Arizona’s judicial branch professionals with meeting their annual training requirements (aka “COJET”).
COJET timelines have been modified by Administrative Directive 2020-03
- The 6-hour live program requirement is suspended for 2020 to facilitate greater flexibility to fulfill the full COJET requirement by viewing pre-recorded programs.
- New limited jurisdiction judges shall complete New Judge Orientation within 24 months, to allow new judges to attend their third week of orientation in 2021.
- New probation officers shall complete the Probation Officer Certification Academy within 18 months (corresponding timeframe in ACJA § 6-104 is also extended).
- New probation and surveillance officers shall complete the Institute for Intensive Probation Supervision (IPS) within 18 months of assignment.
- Judges shall complete the specialized dependency-training program within 18 months of assuming a new assignment involving dependency cases.
We offer a variety of training options that you and your court may consider to continue judicial education and training while working remotely. Please check back frequently as this list will be updated. As always, please consult with your supervisor and local training coordinator before pursuing any training opportunity (Non-facilitated request for COJET credit form).
Live COJET Webinars - see our schedule of live WebEx webinars that you can join remotely.
COJET Classroom - A one-stop source for judicial branch employees to engage in online COJET programs including computer-based training (CBT) modules, video streaming, and other web-based curricula.
COJET Video Center - Video-based COJET programs that can be viewed now!
AOC Skillsoft Library - Judicial Branch employees can obtain a license to access this massive catalog of on-demand courses curated by Ed Services to provide judicial branch employees with practical workplace skills.
AOC Court Services Consolidated Collections Unit Video Training - Legacy FARE Overview, Enhanced FARE Overview.
National Association for Court Management (NACM) Video Gallery - video of presentation at recent and past NACM national conferences about a wide range of contemporary court issues.
National Center for State Courts Limited Jurisdiction Courts Overview - this interactive program covers the structure and role of limited jurisdiction courts in our democracy.
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) - Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.
EdEx.org - Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies.
TED Talks - TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
The Arizona Supreme Court AOC Education Services Division
The protection of the rights of free citizens depends upon the existence of an independent and competent judiciary. The task of maintaining judicial competence depends on the willingness of the judiciary itself to assure that its members are knowledgeable and skilled in the study of the law and its development, and that judges are trained in the application of legal principles and the art of judging. The personnel employed within the judicial system must also maintain a high level of competence to assist judges in carrying out their responsibilities and to provide accurate and timely services to the public. To the end that judicial independence and competence might be preserved and reinforced as essential elements of our system of government, the Arizona Supreme Court established an educational system for all judges and employees of the Arizona judicial branch in 1983.
The Education Services Division is responsible for maintaining a statewide system of judicial education and overseeing compliance with judicial education standards. This is accomplished by managing funding for statewide and local training; maintaining a resource pool of faculty; coordinating a network of 100 training coordinators; and managing reporting and compiling compliance with education standards. The division also provides ancillary services to the Arizona Judicial Branch such as curriculum development, educational program development, and audio/visual support for events and programs.
Division staff coordinate seminars, workshops, conferences, and computer-based training for judges, probation officers, and 18 identifiable non-judge court system job categories. Each year, the division produces more than 100 programs reaching over 7,000 participants.
COJET Standards & Requirements
Although the term "COJET" refers to the Committee on Judicial Education and Training, it is often used by judges and judicial branch employees to reference education and training requirements. The COJET standards and requirements are outlined specifically in Arizona Code of Judicial Administration Section 1-302 . In general, each member of the Arizona Judicial branch must complete a minimum of 16 hours of COJET-accredited continuing education each year, including at least one ethics program. All COJET-accredited programs must meet certain procedural and substantive standards outlined in the COJET Code . Some judicial branch job classifications, such as probation officers and judges, must complete mandatory orientation programs of up to 120 hours. In addition to a branch-wide compliance rate that is consistently above 98%, many Arizona judicial branch employees and judges significantly exceed the annual minimum education and training requirements as they work towards competence, professionalism and excellence.
JUDICIAL EDUCATION CENTER
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