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Introduction to Judicial Ethics for Temporary Judges

A CJER Online Course

Judicial ethics involves much more than knowing the difference between right and wrong or even knowing all the applicable rules. In this course, you will be given the opportunity to apply judicial ethics to real-world situations. The course is not designed to provide the definitive answer to every situation presented. In many situations, there are no definitive answers. The goal, instead, is to help you spot issues and know where to go to resolve them—e.g., to the California Code of Judicial Ethics, the CJA Ethics Hotline, or the Code of Civil Procedure.

Online Coursework Credit

Minimum education requirements, expectations, or recommendations, including fairness and access 3
Special education requirement—family n/a
Special education recommendation—juvenile n/a
Qualifying judicial ethics 2
DV component
Temporary judge training 3
MCLE Credit
Legal Ethics n/a
Elimination of Bias n/a
Substance Abuse /
Mental Illness

In the course, you will read information about an assortment of canons, rules, and statutes that apply to general judicial ethics. We will provide real-world examples and ask you a series of hypothetical questions as you proceed through the course.

With some of the questions, you'll see more than one correct answer, but we can only accept one. We're not grading you, so don't be annoyed—just give the answer you think is best.

The course will provide feedback throughout, as well as links to the applicable authorities.

We estimate that this ethics course will take three hours to complete, depending on your experience. If you need to leave the course before you complete it, make a note of where you left off; when you return, you can use the pull-down menus above to go back to where you were.

Your feedback is important to us for the development of future courses. After finishing this course, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form. After completing the evaluation, you may print a certificate of completion. This course will help satisfy your continuing education needs.

> > Click here for a message from the Education Division/CJER and a list of contributing bench officers.

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Thank you for doing your best to deal with these ethics issues—your colleagues are counting on you!

To begin the course, click the forward arrownext page below, or roll your cursor over any lesson title above and click on any drop-down section title.

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