(9 a.m.) American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III joins the Chief Justice in her chambers for a summit she's called together with State Bar and judicial branch representatives.
(9 a.m.) The summit was held to discuss the impact of the ongoing fiscal crisis in the courts and included representation from the Open Courts Coalition, a bipartisan committee of attorneys advocating for court funding restoration.
(9 a.m.) Former California State Senator Joe Dunn joins the discussion focused on how courts are keeping access fair and just in times of fiscal crisis.
(9:50 a.m.) Members of the state bar and the Open Courts Coalition with the Chief Justice and American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson in the chief's chambers.
(9:50 a.m.) Members of the Open Courts Coalition and the state bar together with the Chief Justice and ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson in the Chief Justice's chambers before the start of the Judicial Council meeting.
(9:50 a.m.) Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye with ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III.
(9:55 a.m.) The Chief Justice thanks American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson for participating in the discussion and welcomes his upcoming address to the Judicial Council later that morning.
(9:55 a.m.) California Bar Association President Jon Streeter with American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson just before the start of the Judicial Council meeting.
(9:55 a.m.) Members of the public sign-in. Most Judicial Council meetings allow some time on the agenda to receive comments from the public who register in advance to participate.
(10:00 a.m.) The Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye, chair of the Judicial Council, calls the meeting to order. Executive and Planning Committee Chair Justice Harry E. Hull is pictured right.
(10 a.m.) At this July meeting, the Judicial Council dedicates much of its time to the state court budget. They will hear comments from the public and recommendations from the Trial Court Budget Working Group.
(10:36 a.m.) American Bar Association president Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson addresses the Judicial Council and provides insight on the recession's impact on court systems nationwide and the ABA's efforts to restore access to justice.
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(10:19 a.m.) Members of the public representing unions and court staff sit in the council boardroom and await their opportunity to address the council.
(10:27 a.m.) Staff of the AOC's Finance Division presenting to the council information about fiscal year 2012-2013 budget reductions.
(10:27 a.m.) Judicial Council member and court executive officer Alan Carlson, Superior Court of Orange County. Council members use this time to ask for clarification and additional information from presenters.
(10:40 a.m.) The Chief Justice, Chairperson of the Judicial Council, serves as the facilitator for every council meeting.
(10:41 a.m.) San Joaquin County Superior Court Presiding Judge Dave Warner tells the council about his court's lay off of 45 staff and potential plans for more. With his proposed budget, Judge Warner explains his court will no longer hear small claims cases.
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(10:43 a.m.) Assistant Presiding Judge Brian J. Lamb, Superior Court of Inyo County, advocates that the council not sweep funds his court had saved and committed for their courthouse construction project.
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(10:50 a.m.) Many council members use WIFI-enabled tablets to access documents, spreadsheets and data referenced throughout the meeting.
(10:52 a.m.) The court executives of Shasta, Butte and Trinity counties present an issue related to security funding unique and having a great impact on their courts.
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(10:55 a.m.) Public comment periods give court leaders, staff, and members of the bar and public the opportunity to voice concerns over matters of relevance.
(10:57 a.m.) AFSCME Union Local 575 President Gwendolyn Jones speaks on behalf of clerks and paralegals serving the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
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(11:04 a.m.) Kira Klatchko, Secretary of the Riverside County Bar Association, speaks of the population and subsequent case filing growth in the Inland Empire and challenges facing the court.
Written Comments: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20120727-comments.pdf (Pages 13-17)
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(11:07 a.m.) Riverside County Bar president Robyn Lewis explains how her county hears more jury trials than Orange County and San Diego combined and has been operating in crisis mode for years because of the unprecedented growth in the region.
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(11:15 a.m.) President Michael Ferreira, California Federation of Interpreters (CFI), reminds the council that shifting funds that provide interpreter services is violating the federal civil rights requirements state courts must meet.
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(11:24 a.m.) Mary Lou Aranguren, CFI, presents to the council recent instances of Californians going without language services.
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(11:28 a.m.) Teresa Molina, Mujeres Unidos Activos, uses the interpretation services of CFI's Mary Lou Aranguren to share her account of how court's use of family members as interpreters can have a negative consequences, especially for young children.
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(3:06 p.m.) After a closed session, the Judicial Council opened the meeting to announce the selection of retired Shasta County Judge Steven E. Jahr as the next Administrative Director of the Courts. http://www.courts.ca.gov/18716.htm
(3:02 p.m.) Incoming Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Steven Jahr (Ret.) is welcomed by Judicial Council member and court executive Kim Turner, Marin County Superior Court.
(3:10 p.m.) Judge Jahr will begin his role on Oct. 8. Interim Chief Deputy Director of the Courts Curt Soderland, pictured with Judge Jahr, is also the director of the AOC's Administrative Services Division