Continuing Judicial Education Law and Legal Definition

Continuing Judicial Education is a program of continuing legal education for judges. It is often abbreviated as CJE. Ordinarily, CJE is organized and sponsored by a governmentally subsidized body. Topics such as judicial writing, efficient decision making, and caseload management are covered during the CJE. Rules governing CJE vary from state to state.

The following is an example of a state law (West Virginia) on CJE:

W. Va. Jud. Disciplinary Proc., Rule 7.14. Minimum continuing judicial education requirements for active judges.

In order to fulfill the obligation under Canon 3B(2) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which provides, in part, that, "A judge shall be faithful to the law and maintain professional competence in it," every "judge," as defined in these rules, shall satisfy the following minimum continuing judicial education requirements.

(A) Justices and circuit court judges: During the period July 1, 1995, through June 30, 1997, and for every two fiscal years thereafter, every active judge shall complete a minimum of thirty credit hours of continuing judicial education, and every senior status judge shall complete a minimum of fifteen credit hours of continuing judicial education, as defined in these rules and approved by the Administrative Director. At least three of such thirty credit hours for active judges shall be taken in courses on judicial ethics and/or management and at least one and one-half credit hours per year or three credit hours per reporting period of such thirty credit hours for active judges shall be taken in courses on domestic relations matters, and every active judge shall attend at least one of the two conferences sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals and the West Virginia Judicial Association each year. At least one and a half of such fifteen credit hours for senior status judges shall be taken in courses on judicial ethics and/or management and at least three-quarters credit hour per year or one and one-half credit hours per reporting period of such fifteen credit hours for senior status judges shall be taken in courses on domestic relations matters, and every senior status judge shall attend at least one of the four conferences sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals and the West Virginia Judicial Association each two-year reporting period.

(B) Family court judges: During the period July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2004, and for every two fiscal years thereafter, every active family court judge shall complete a minimum of thirty credit hours of continuing judicial education, including but not limited to domestic relations matters, as defined in these rules and approved by the Administrative Director. At least three of such thirty credit hours for active family court judges shall be taken in courses on judicial ethics and/or management, and at least eighteen of such thirty credit hours for active family court judges shall be taken in courses on domestic relations law, and every active family court judge shall attend at least two of the conferences/institutes sponsored by the Supreme Court of Appeals and the West Virginia Family Court Association.