Indiana Judicial Center Continues Popular Court Employee Training Program
September 17, 2012 by Hon. Barbara Arnold Harcourt
The Indiana Judicial Center began its court employee training program in the spring of 2008. During the fiscal year 2009-10, programs were offered to over one thousand judicial branch personnel, including trial court staff, Supreme Court agency employees, elected Clerks and clerk staff. Four types of employee training formats were offered: state-wide conferences, district/county-wide seminars, in-house programs, and internet webinar. The Judicial Center is developing more web-based programs that will provide Indiana trial court employees with greater access to educational materials.
Over three hundred court staff members from eighty Indiana counties attended the 4th annual Trial Court Employee Conference held July 17, 2012. University of Notre Dame Professor Michael Jenuwine opened the day with an interactive presentation on managing change within a court system setting. The session presented conferees with valuable insights into the many different ways in which individuals deal with change and other challenges in the workplace.
During the rest of the day, court employees attended breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including: Court Security; Working with Self Represented Litigants and Customer Service; Protection Orders; and Reports, Chronological Case Summaries and Abstract of Judgments.
Conferees responded to an end-of-session survey by reporting that they did receive new and useful information that will benefit them and their courts.
Fall Session: Court Security Officer Training
On September 14, 2012, the Indiana Judicial Center will host Court Security Officer Training at its offices located at 30 South Meridian Street in Indianapolis.
The training session will address the level of force that is appropriate in specific security situations. There will be practical demonstrations on the various levels of restraint. And, there will be presentations and discussions concerning liability issues and legal aspects pertaining to security incidents.
There is no cost for the one day training. Continuing education hours will be provided to those in attendance. Participants will be responsible for their own meals, parking, mileage and overnight room costs as the Indiana Judicial Center does not have funds available for these expenses.
Each judge may designate one (1) person to attend. Registration will be limited to the first 175 people.