Communication, Education, and Court Management (CECM) develops and delivers a range of products and services to help advance the mission and goals of the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD), including education and training to ensure OJD judges and staff are knowledgeable and well-trained; support functions for many of OJD’s governance committees; production of internal and external communication materials and publications; liaison functions with the media and court stakeholders; and participation and assistance in OJD outreach and civic activities; all of which help ensure that the role, mission, services, and activities of the state courts are understood and supported by judges, staff, the public, the Oregon Legislature, and OJD’s public safety partners.
All new judges take the New Judge Seminar that prepares them to shift from the role of an attorney, who advocates for one side of a court case, to a new role as judge – the unbiased and neutral arbitrator in the courtroom. CECM’s judicial education programs keep OJD judges informed of new case law and the challenges of changing societal demands on the justice system. Seminars, annual conferences, in-class and online education, and Judicial Regional Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs are held on a regular basis.
Staff education starts upon hire with CECM’s Statewide New Employee Orientation Program (includes State government civics, the role of the courts, customer service, Information Security, and ADA - the Americans with Disabilities Act). Other professional development, skill, and knowledge building programs like the Judicial Support Staff Program, Peer Information Exchanges (PIE); Supervisory CAMP, Clerk College, and a variety of technology-related webinars are offered as needed.
Court Business Process & eServices
CECM’s key roles in the development and implementation of Oregon eCourt will carry forward in the ongoing development of court business processes; updates and maintenance of the Online Help system; testing of upgrades and patches; internal and external training as Oregon eCourt software updates and components are introduced; development of OJD’s online interactive forms (OJD iForms) to assist self-represented litigants; development and oversight of the OJD eFiling and Guide & File systems; and development and maintenance of standard statewide reports and statistics.