204 Pa. Code § 304 - Course Accreditation Standards

Current through Register Vol. 52, No. 16, April 16, 2022

(a) Courses offered by an accredited provider shall be eligible for the amount and type of credits as designated by the provider, subject to review by the Board. All other courses will be awarded credit as determined by the Board.
(b) All courses for CJE credit should be designed to enhance a judge's judicial practice through judicial education.
(c) In addition to subsection (b) above, the following standards apply:
(1) The course must be an organized program of learning to deal with matters directly related to subjects which satisfy the objectives of these rules.
(2) Each course must be open to all judges thought to be interested in the subject matter. Attendance restrictions will only be permitted by the Board upon application, where:
(i) the purpose for the attendance restriction is non-discriminatory;
(ii) attendance is restricted on objective criteria for a bona fide educational objective to enhance the course, and
(iii) membership in the provider organization is open to all interested judges, on a reasonable non-discriminatory basis and cost.
(3) The course leaders or lecturers must be qualified with the necessary practical and/or academic experience necessary to conduct the course effectively.
(4) Whenever possible, each attendee shall be provided with thorough, high quality and carefully prepared written course materials prior to or at the time of the course.
(5) The course must be presented in a suitable setting, conducive to a good educational environment, which provides attendees with adequate writing space or surface.
(6) Upon request by the Board, the provider shall submit to the Board information concerning the course, including the brochure describing the course and the qualifications of anticipated speakers, the method or manner of presentation of materials, and, if requested, a set of the materials to be distributed.
(7) Providers must develop and implement methods to evaluate its course offerings to determine their effectiveness and the extent to which they meet the needs of judges and, upon a request from the Board, provide course evaluations by the attendees on such forms as the Board shall approve.
(8) Providers shall take into consideration the special needs of incapacitated persons and persons with disabilities in gaining access to and participation in CJE courses. The Board shall require providers to ensure courses are as reasonably accessible to persons with disabilities as those without disabilities.
(9) Self-study will not be approved for CJE credit.
(10) Subject to the limitation in Rule 302(c), judges participating in a course via distance education will receive credit if an instructor/moderator is present at the remote site and the audience participating remotely has the ability to interact with presenters at the host facility.

Notes

204 Pa. Code § 304
Adopted by Pennsylvania Bulletin, Vol 50, No. 10. March 7, 2020, effective 3/7/2020

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