Maryland Courts

Judicial College Facts and Statistics

Summary of the Judicial College’s Work during the 2016 Reporting Period

Over the past twelve months, the Judicial College has worked on several initiatives to advance the professional acumen of Judiciary employees. Towards this end, in collaboration with the Education Committee, it has created a structure from which to guide the AOC staff and Judiciary employees when pursuing the development and facilitation of education and training opportunities. This structure has ensured that all educational opportunities and training are communicated clearly, have been sanctioned by the Committee chairperson attached to the program, are not duplicative and will advance the Judiciary’s mission. Additionally, the following has been accomplished during the reporting period:

  1. Guided the electronic course registration process for judges and magistrates.
  2. Managed and tracked approval of 21 new education and training request proposals.
  3. Tracked and reported 10 new education information forms.
  4. Implemented a formal process for informing the Education Committee of education and training opportunities that do not require annual re-approval. Created an electronic running list of these opportunities for review and use by Judiciary employees across the state as a resource when initiating similar programs.
  5. Supported the development of two new Administrative Orders concerning the continuing education of judges and magistrates and forming the Mentor Program for new trial judges.
  6. Tracked the onboarding of new judges and magistrates. Disseminated the completed Individual Education and Training Self-Assessment tools to these new judges and magistrates and their administrative judges, which totaled 25 as of November 15, 2016.
  7. Provided support to the Mentor Program Subcommittee in the development of the program and program materials.
  8. Provided guidance on volunteer recognition programming, including the use of a presentation board announcing the 2016 faculty for Judicial Education and Professional Development, and the creation of a Volunteer Faculty Recognition Banquet.


Summary of the Department of Judicial Education’s Work during the 2016 Reporting Period
  1. Number of courses offered: 43.
  2. Number of seat hours: 9,691 hours.
  3. New Trial Judge Orientation was held for approximately 36 new Judges and 4 elevated judges with 58 faculty.
  4. Number of course binders produced to support learning: 1,946.
  5. The Family Law Benchbook was updated.
  6. Facilitated the 2016 Joint Bench Bar Conference.
  7. Held the first ever all day Course Catalog Development session for 2018 courses.


Summary of the Department of Professional Development’s Work during the 2016 Reporting Period
  1. Launched the District Court Rules Training Workgroup.
  2. Refined the Circuit Court Family Law Rules Training curriculum.
  3. Launched four Proficiency-Based Education and Training workgroups: Commissioners, Supervisors/Managers, Judicial Assistants and Administrative Judges.
  4. Number of courses offered in 2016: 89. This is a 42% increase in the number of courses offered in 2015.
  5. Number of attendees: 1,209 face-to-face courses, 221 webinar courses.
  6. Number of Webinars: 23. This is a 50% increase in the number of webinars offered in 2015; Number of online courses: 5. Online courses were offered multiple times throughout the year.
  7. The number of seat hours in 2016: 12,586.
    1. Type and number of new courses developed by the Department of Professional Development: 7;  New onsite courses were designed and offered multiple times throughout the year including 2 pilots based on a four-part series course structure, and 3 new webinar courses were developed and offered multiple times throughout the year.
  8. Conducted a Judiciary-wide education and training survey on barriers to education/training, training needs and performance development interests.
  9. Surveyed Administrative Officials present at Conference regarding their familiarity with programs, such as tuition reimbursement, ICM and the certificate programs.
  10. There were no graduations in 2016. The current CPC class is scheduled to graduate in 2017. CS/MC and ICM classes are scheduled to graduate in 2018. Currently, the number of students in certificate programs are as follows:
    CPC: 30
    CS/MC: 34
    ICM: 31


Summary of the Department of Technology Education’s Work during the 2016 Reporting Period
  1. Developed the online learning tools for CONNECT (aka UPKs).
  2. Provided MDEC refresher training for judges.
  3. Conducted regional Microsoft Office 2013 classes to support the MDEC implementation.
  4. Took on the responsibility for transitioning the Judiciary from Corel WordPerfect to Microsoft Word.
  5. Developed and implemented the eWarrant Process for Judges online content (instructional video and documentation).
  6. Developed and implemented the CONNECT ELM Registration for Judges and Judicial Assistants online content (instructional video and documentation).
  7. Supported the implementation and support of Office 365.
  8. Supported the implementation and support of ServiceNow.
  9. Number of onsite courses offered in 2016: 178. Number of attendees: 1074. Number of Screenshot videos developed 3.
  10. Number of online courses offered in 2016 via ExamForce and managed by Technology Education: 9.
  11. Educational Courses offered in 2016:
    • SharePoint
    • Computer User Beginner
    • GEARS (PeopleSoft Financial) training for District Court
    • Windows 7 Upgrade training for Court Locations and District Court Commissioners
    • Revenue Collection System training for District Court locations
    • Outlook Training statewide
    • CONNECT Training Annapolis Classroom and Regional Training for Judges’ Admin. Assistants
    • WordPerfect Sun Setting transition support for District Court
    • Revenue Collection System training for Circuit Courts
    • E-Warrant for judges and MDEC for judge