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Regulations of the Continuing Judicial Education Commission

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme CourtEffective: October 4, 2021

Baldwin's Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court
VIII Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education for the Kentucky Judiciary
Effective: October 4, 2021
Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR), CJE Regs
Regulations of the Continuing Judicial Education Commission
Regulation 101. Standards for Approval of Continuing Judicial Education Programs
Regulation 101.1
1. A continuing judicial education activity qualifies for accreditation if the commission determines that;
a. It is an organized program of learning (such as a judicial college, conference, webinar, workshop, symposium or lecture) which contributes directly to the professional competency of a judge;
b. It deals primarily with matters directly related to law or to the professional responsibility, administration or ethical obligations of a judge;
c. Each course is to be taught by a person qualified by practical or academic experience to teach in the topic or area of discipline covered by the course;
d. Thorough, high quality, readable, carefully prepared, written topic outlines and/or materials are to be distributed to all judges participating during the course;
e. The audience for the organized program of learning consists predominantly of lawyers or judges. This requirement shall not apply to continuing judicial education credits used to fulfill the SCR 8.070 requirement for domestic violence training; and
f. Live technological broadcast transmission, when CJE activity delivery method includes colleges, conferences, webinars, webcast, satellite simulcast, video conference and teleconference or other appropriate live broadcast, shall count as a certification of attendance in accredited programs when a faculty is in attendance to answer questions and leading discussions.
g. Recorded technological transmission where CJE activity delivery method is other than a live program and includes the judges' eLibrary, computer on-line services, video tape, audio tape, satellite simulcast, teleconference, video conference, CD-ROM, DVD, data conference, self-study courses, pre-recorded webinars or other appropriate recorded transmission, shall count as a certification of completion for approved continuing judicial education program delivered by recorded technological means.
h. Continuing judicial education credit hours may be earned by attending a live or recorded accredited program pursuant to SCR 8.070(a).
Regulation 101.2. Credit will not be given for non-educational speeches given at luncheons or banquets unless previously approved by the Commission.
Regulation 101.3. Credit shall be given on the basis of one hour which is not less than 60 minutes in duration, excluding 30-minute legal or judicial education program given during lunch.
Regulation 101.4. Justices, appellate judges and trial judges, upon taking office, may transfer hours of credit from the Kentucky Bar Association that were earned during the current CJE biennium, in accordance with SCR 8.070. A detailed copy of the KBA/CLE transcript should be forwarded to the Executive Secretary. CLE carry forward credits are limited up to 24 credit hours pursuant to SCR 3.645(3). CLE carry forward credits shall be entered on the CJE transcript as the carry forward balance for hours earned during the immediately preceding biennium in accordance with SCR 8.070(d).
Regulation 101.5. Attendance at programs sponsored by the following national organizations of legal and judicial education shall be approved for continuing judicial education (CJE) credit:
Administrative Office of the Courts
American Judges Association
American Judicature Society
American Law Institute
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Association for Justice (formally the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and American Trial Lawyers Association)
American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
American Constitution Society
American Institute for Judges
Appellate Judges Education Institute
Association of Family and Conciliations Courts
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Conference on Chief Justice and Conference of State Court Administrators--NCSC
Council on Criminal Justice
Federalist Society
Institute of Judicial Administration
Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Justice Association
Law Schools accredited by the ABA
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
National Association of Women Judges
National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers
National Center for State Courts
National College of Probate Judges
National Computer Forensic Institute
National Conference on Addiction Disorders
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
National Drug Court Institute
National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
National Institute of Justice
National Judicial College
National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Pound Civil Justice Institute
State Justice Institute
Thomson Reuters
Regulation 101.6. Justices, appellate judges and trial judges wishing to attend a program sponsored by an organization other than those listed in Regulation 101.6 shall file with the Executive Secretary an agenda of the program, which will be submitted to the Commission for possible accreditation in accordance with SCR 8.060. Program approval must meet the educational standards as outlined in Regulation 101.1.
Regulation 101.7. Justices and judges attending programs approved by the Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission for accreditation qualify for continuing judicial education credit for hours attended. Justices and judges should certify hours with the Executive Secretary on CJE forms provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts, or other acceptable forms certifying attendance and hours.
Regulation 101.8. Additional credit may be earned through teaching or participating (panel discussion leader, moderator, facilitator, panelist, seminar or college, or conference or training chairperson, etc.) in an approved continuing legal or judicial education program. The Commission shall give one hour of credit for each two hours of preparation and actual presentation time of approved continuing legal or judicial education programs.
Regulation 101.9. Credit, not to exceed ten (10) hours for each biennium, may be earned through published legal writing upon submission of the final materials to the Commission. Final approval of any credit awarded for a published legal writing shall be at the sole discretion of the Commission.
Regulation 101.10. Justices and judges may receive continuing judicial education credit, not to exceed three (3) hours each educational year, for presiding at college or law school mock trial competitions or high school mock trial competitions. An educational year shall begin on July 1 and end one year later on June 30.
Regulation 101.11. Justice and judges are exempt from the requirements of SCR 3.645 while serving as justices or judges of the Kentucky Court of Justice during any portion of an education year, because such positions are prohibited from practicing law and have significant continuing education requirements by statute or rule of court as a result of the position they hold. Therefore, if a justice or judge leaves the bench during any portion of an educational year, the requirements of SCR 3.645 will not begin until the first full educational year that begins on July 1.
a. Justices and judges of the Commonwealth leaving the bench will be allowed to transfer continuing judicial education credit hours provided the justice, appellate judge or trial judge is in good standing with the Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education requirements. The KBA Continuing Legal Education Commission will transfer 24 credits, including 4 credit hours devoted to ethics credits from the current education biennium to the first full CLE education year beginning July 1 after leaving the bench. The Executive Secretary for the Continuing Judicial Education Commission shall notify the KBA Continuing Legal Education Director after a justice or judge leaves the bench. For justices and judges serving on the bench one year or less, the KBA Continuing Legal Education Commission will transfer 12 credits, including 2 ethics credits from the current education biennium to the first full CLE educational year beginning on July 1 after leaving the bench;
b. Justices, appellate judges and trial judges while serving on the bench may continue to report credit hours that are accredited by the Kentucky Bar Association CLE Accreditation Division towards CLE credit hours even though justices and judges are exempt from the requirements of SCR 3.645. Every justice, appellate judge and trial judge is mandated under SCR VIII to report CJE credit hours to the CJE Commission for compliance pursuant to SCR VIII: Mandatory Continuing Judicial Education for the Kentucky Judiciary.
Regulation 102. Appeals from Decisions of the Continuing Judicial Education Commission
Regulation 102.1. Any justice, appellate judge or trial judge or organization affected by an adverse decision of the Commission may appeal by filing a written petition with supporting materials with the Supreme Court. The Commission, at its discretion, may be represented by one of its members.
Regulation 102.2. An appeal shall be filed within thirty (30) days of such adverse decision.


HISTORY: Adopted by Order 2021-36, eff. 10-4-21
Note: Former Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP) were amended and redesignated as Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) by Order of the Supreme Court effective January 1, 1978. Prior Rules of the Court of Appeals (RCA) had been redesignated as Rules of Appellate Procedure effective March 12, 1976.
Sup. Ct. Rules, CJE Regs, KY ST S CT CJE Regs
Current with amendments received through March 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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