Just before calling the Judicial Council meeting to order on Oct 25, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye talks with former council member and incoming Presiding Judge David Wesley, Los Angeles Superior Court.
The chief justice with Judge Steven Jahr at his first Judicial Council meeting. As Administrative Director of the Courts, Judge Jahr serves as Secretary to the council.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chair of the Judicial Council, asks incoming council members to stand for their swearing-in, including from left to right Judge James Brandlin, Judge David Rosenberg, and Judge Morris Jacobson
Twelve members were sworn in on Oct 25, including seven judges, a court executive officer, an attorney (James Fox, not pictured), and a new Administrative Director of the Courts (Judge Steven Jahr).
Judge Steven Jahr, once a member of the Judicial Council as a judge of the Superior Court of Shasta County, attends his first meeting as Administrative Director of the Courts and Judicial Council Secretary.
Listen to Judge Jahr's Director's Report: http://bit.ly/adoc_1
Distinguished Service Award recipient Jody Patel is congratulated by Justice Douglas Miller following the announcement of the 2012 award. Patel was selected for initiating organizational and operational changes within the AOC to better serve the Judicial Council, the courts, and the public.
News release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/19410.htm
Since 1999, the Judicial Council of California has proclaimed November as Court Adoption and Permanency Month. Courts throughout the state focus resources on processing adoption and reunification cases backlogged in family court, conduct outreach and education programs, and host special events for recently adopted and reunified children and their families.
Listen to introduction: http://bit.ly/RumLqX
Christopher Wu, co-counsel to the Judicial Council's Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and a Senior Attorney at the AOC Center for Children, Families, & the Courts introduces special guests to the council.
Annual recognition of November as Court Adoption and Permanency Month reinforces the Judicial Council’s commitment to finding permanent homes for children. The proclamation is shared with local courts to further promote the branch's commitment.
Staff attorney Eliza Patten, Legal Services for Children, represented the two young siblings in attendance and facilitated their placement and adoption by a San Francisco couple.
Parents Mark Bernard and Flora Santana adopted two siblings three years ago and a third child this year.
A parent's testimony: http://bit.ly/PjWvBp
2012 Judicial Needs Assessment Update was presented by Leah Rose-Goodwin and Dag McLeod, AOC Office of Court Research.
A pilot mentoring project of the council's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee committee brought approximately 20 court staff to the meeting. Incoming committee chair Justice Maria Rivera attends with the mentoring project chair Presiding Judge Diana Becton.
Mayor John Huerta, Jr. traveled from the Central Valley to address the Judicial Council during the public comment period. Mayor Huerta advocated for the continuance of a courthouse project that was being planned for Southern Monterey County in Greenfield.
The council's Court Facilities Working Group vice-chair Judge Patricia Lucas, chair Presiding Justice Brad Hill, and Justice Jeffrey Johnson, chair of the Cost Reduction Subcommittee present recommendations to indefinitely delay seven court construction projects in response to the ongoing statewide budget crisis.
News Release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/19422.htm