The Judicial Council business meeting begins with the Chief Justice administering the oath of office to new council member
Assemblymember Richard Bloom.
Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents the California State Assembly Legislative Branch on the Judicial Council.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Administrative Director of the Courts Steven Jahr give individual reports summarizing their activities since the council's last meeting.
Listen: http://bit.ly/ChiefTCS_062013 and http://bit.ly/ADOC_062013
Lee Willoughby, who is retiring after nine years with the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), receives recognition from the council.
During Willoughby’s tenure, the last five as director of the facilities program, the AOC completed transfer of the responsibility for more than 500 court facilities from the counties to the state and undertook dozens of court construction and renovation projects to improve the public’s safety, security and access to justice.
The council liaison reports give council a chance to learn more about local court operations and the challenges they face. Judge Stephen Baker reports on his visit to Superior Court of Tehama County.
Judge James Brandlin presents a report on his visit to the Superior Court of Riverside County.
Photos collected by Judge Mary Ann O'Malley on her liaison visit to Sonoma Superior Court provide the council with a close look at the unsafe working conditions of the court facility. In this photo, the council views an image of a termite nest under an employee's desk.
View (with images): http://youtu.be/KSagwjO--aI
Judge Brian McCabe's liaison report on his visits to Superior Court of Madera County and Superior Court of Fresno County Superior Court sheds light on court operations, challenges, and advancements.
View Madera County: http://youtu.be/t81Atq5HKKcv=Wndne3xPrWA
View Fresno County: http://youtu.be/Wndne3xPrWA
Judge Morris Jacobson, council liaison to the San Francisco Superior Court, details how the court has responded to ongoing budget cuts. Impacts have led to the closure of a self-help center, staff layoffs, and reduced services to the public.
AOC Chief Operating Officer Curt Child honors Harry Jacobs (seated), a senior attorney with the AOC and long-time advocate for self-represented litigants, for his contributions to advancing and modernizing self-help services for court users.
Harry Jacobs was awarded the 2013 Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Family Law Award. Awards are given to advocates who demonstrate exemplary service to low-income clients in family law.
The first item on the discussion agenda—an overview of the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Judicial Branch Budget.
E-Filing and Service: the council adopts rules allowing the superior courts to mandate electronic filing and service in civil cases, with an exception made for self-represented litigants. Justice Bruiniers and Judge James Herman present the recommendations.
Court Facilities: Court Financial Contributions
Chief Administrative Officer Curt Soderlund presents recommendations to continue the limited Court-Funded Facilities Request Procedure.
AOC Restructuring: Judicial Council members Justice Douglas Miller and Attorney Edith Matthai serve as council liaisons to the AOC's Legal Services Office. Their recommendations to restructure the office were accepted. The recommendations respond to the council’s directives arising from the Strategic Evaluation Committee’s final report on the AOC.
More Information: http://www.courts.ca.gov/19334.htm
The last item on the agenda—a review of New Judge Education. Judge Robert Dondero, chair of the CJER Governing Committee, and Judge Mary Ann O'Malley, member of the New Judge Education Workgroup, report that the model for new judge education is effective. The council accepted recommendations that include greater use of cost-efficient web-based learning.