The annual State of the Judiciary Address was delivered by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
Members of the Judicial Council of California, the policy-making body for the judicial branch, and the Bench-Bar Coalition stand on the balcony as the Chief Justice enters the Assembly Chamber.
Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg welcomes members of the state Supreme Court, including Justice Marvin R. Baxter (standing) and Justice Ming W. Chin (seated).
Seated next to the Chief Justice is Assembly Speaker John Pérez.
Seated on both sides of the Chief Justice are the Justices of the California Supreme Court. From left to right: Hon. Goodwin Liu, Hon. Kathryn Werdegar, Hon. Marvin Baxter, and Hon. Ming Chin. (Justice Carol Corrigan and Justice Joyce Kennard were unable to attend)
"Today, we are 2,000 judicial officers, 18,000 court employees, the largest judicial branch in the nation. The largest law-trained judiciary in the world," stated the Chief Justice.
"...although California has the distinction being the largest judiciary in the country, we also have the dubious distinction that our state judicial branch budget has been cut greater and deeper than any other in the United States."
"...the laws that you pass to protect the same public that goes to court—when they go to have their day in court—the courtroom doors are locked, closed, or moved."
Standing with State Bar CEO Hon. Joe Dunn and California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin (center) are Judicial Council members Judge James Herman and Justice Douglas Miller with council secretary Judge Steven Jahr.
This annual event presents the opportunity for members of the judicial branch to meet with members of the Legislature and their staff. Pictured: Judicial Council member and president of the California Judges Association, Judge Allan Hardcastle.
Former prosecutor Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson with the Chief Justice. The senator has received numerous "Legislator of the Year" accolades from statewide organizations.
The Chief Justice introduces her daughters to Assembly Speaker Chief Counsel Fredericka McGee.
(Left to right) Assemblyman Ken Cooley, Senator Ted Lieu, and Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown stand to welcome the Chief Justice.
Assemblymember Mariko Yamada welcomes the Chief Justice. Pictured right: Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman Ken Cooley.
The Chief Justice with Senator Jim Nielsen.
The Chief Justice meets up with Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Steven Jahr. Judge Jahr is a retired judge from Shasta County Superior Court and currently directs the state Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
Ruthe Ashley, past co-chair of the Bench Bar Coalition, attended with DeAnza High School Law Academy students Nicole Arevalo, Analilia Munoz, Cynthia Magana, Jimmy Sanchez, and chemistry teacher Mirel Rivera.
Attending these events is one of the benefits that comes with serving as an extern for the California Supreme Court and Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. Pictured: Externs Annie Moskovian and Hillary Richardson with the chief justice.
Judicial Administration Fellows: Breann Watt, Superior Court of Sacramento County; Danny Lee, Superior Court of Placer County, and Kate Nitta, Administrative Office of the Courts, Office of Governmental Affairs.
Members of the California Association of Black Lawyers, on their lobby day at the Capitol, get the opportunity to meet the Chief Justice after the address.
To listen or view the State of the Judiciary or other speeches made made Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, visit www.courts.ca.gov/7554.htm