Ohio’s education center for judges celebrates 40 years

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the state’s continuing education program for judges.

The Ohio Judicial College offered four courses serving about 475 judges when it began in 1976, compared to 222 courses serving more than 21,000 judges, magistrates, court personnel and members of the public.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said this week that quality education is the hallmark of the college. She says citizens benefit when judges undergo specific training or take time to educate themselves about changes in law.

Ohio’s judges must earn 40 hours of continuing legal education credit every two years, with 10 hours through the Judicial College.

The college also provides recently elected or appointed judges a two-week new judge orientation program.