Prior to the meeting, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye briefs with Judge Steve Jahr, Administrative Director of the Courts and Secretary to the Judicial Council, and Jody Patel, AOC Chief of Staff.
Before the meeting, the Chief Justice meets Judge Ahmed Abou Zeid, is an Egyptian judge in the Department of International Relations at the Court of Cassation. Judicial Council meetings are often attended by representatives and dignataries from around the world.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye talks with council member California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter.
The first item on Thursday's agenda is a presentation by Chief Deputy Director Michael Cohen, California Department of Finance. The council receives information explaining the state's budget process, and details on appropriations to state-wide services, including the 2.5% of the state budget that funds the California courts.
Listen: http://bit.ly/item1_spending (3:04)
Presentation slides: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20130823-item1.pdf
Mr. Cohen answers questions and concerns expressed by members of the council, including Judge David Rosenberg who expressed court challenges related to reserve funds.
Council member Judge Mary Ann O'Malley asks the Dept of Finance about state use of local court reserves—funds the courts rely on for emergencies.
Judge David De Alba asks how the Department of Finance considers budget change proposals from the judicial branch compared to entities within other branches of government.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye administers the oath of office to incoming Judicial Council member Assemblyman Richard Bloom.
Other incoming council members were in attendance, including Judge Brian Walsh, Judge David Rubin, and Judge Dean Stout. Their terms officially begin on Sept 15.
News release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/22447.htm
Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee Co-chair Judge Laurie Earl presents recommendations on the Workload Allocation Funding Model (WAFM) adjustment request process. The council approved.
Listen: http://bit.ly/item2_TCBAC (11:29)
View report: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20130823-item2.pdf
In the afternoon, the Judicial Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the 40th anniversary of Center for Judiciary Education and Research (CJER). The recommendation was presented by Justice Robert L. Dondero, chair of the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Governing Committee (pictured second from the left).
View report/proclamation: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20130823-item3.pdf
Justice Marvin Baxter, Chair of the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee, announces the recommendations for the 2013 Distinguished Service Awards.
News release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/23299.htm
The council accepted the recommendations for the judicial branch's highest honors. The awards will be presented in ceremony before the end of the year.
The Judicial Council congratulates 2013 DSA recipient Judge Laurie Earl who presides over the Superior Court of Sacramento and is co-chair of the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee.
Council Member Bio: http://www.courts.ca.gov/20721.htm
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye stands with former, current and incoming California Judges Association presidents: Judge David Rubin (2011-2012), incoming CJA president Judge Robert Glusman, current CJA president Judge Allan Hardcastle, and Judge Ira Kaufman (2006-2008).
The Chief Justice opens Friday's meeting with a report on her recent activities around the state.
Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Steve Jahr presented an update to the council on the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Commissioner Sue Alexander presents her report as liaison to Amador and Glenn County courts. As liaisons to local courts, council members meet with court leaders in assigned counties to collect information about matters of greatest concern at the local level. Liaisons report this information at council business meetings.
Listen: http://bit.ly/GlennCountyCourt and http://bit.ly/AmadorCountyCourt
View Liaison Playlist (YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE5350C442AB073B6
Judge David De Alba provides a report on his liaison visit to San Joaquin Superior Court.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye created the council's liaison program in Feb 2012. A year and a half into the program, members of the council have visited more than 35 counties. The Chief Justice took a moment to thank members for their time and dedication meeting with local courts.
The Judicial Council boardroom is open to the public during business meetings. Court leaders, staff, members of the press, and law students are often in attendance.
Jeremy Smith, Deputy Legislative Director of the State Building and Construction Trades Council, presents public comment to the council.
Anabelle Garay and Mary Lou Aranguren, representing the California Federation of Interpreters, attend to present public comment. During the break, they consult with AOC Chief Operating Officer Curt Child.
The Judicial Council's first discussion item on Friday, Aug 23, is the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee's recommendations on the allocation of special funds for court-related projects and programs.
See news release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/23198.htm
A resolution declaring Dec 4, 2013, "Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Day" is signed by the Chief Justice following a presentation by Justice Richard Huffman, chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on Children in Foster Care, and Judge Stacy Boulware Euire, chair of the BRC Truancy/School Discipline Workgroup.
The mission of the Keep Kids in School and Out of the Courtroom is to raise awareness and encourage local courts and their communities to address the issues of chronic absenteeism, truancy, and school discipline policies.
Listen: Listen: http://bit.ly/KidsInSchool
Incoming council member Judge Dean Stout, Superior Court of Inyo County, introduces Justice Laurence Kay as presenter of the Domestic Violence Practice and Procedure Task Force's Final Implementation Report.
Justice Kay (Ret.) was named chair of the Domestic Violence task force in 2005. His recommendations, and the discussion that followed, provides a look at the progress California has made over the last decade.
Judge Dean Stout joins Amy Nunez and Diane Nunn, AOC Center for Families, Children, & the Courts to recommend proposed funding methodology for the limited funding available for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program.
As chair of the Judicial Council Technology Committee, Judge James Herman presents recommendations to fund the replacement of Fresno County Superior Court's case management system.
AOC Chief Administrative Officer Curt Soderlund is joined by Gisele Corrie, AOC Judicial Branch Capital Programs Office, to present recommendations related to court facility costs.
The last item of the day was presented by Justice Huffman, chair of the council's Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch. Recommendations to review AOC contracting processes were approved.