The Judicial Council met in its boardroom in San Francisco Oct. 24-25.
Online agenda: http://bit.ly/JCmeetAgendaPage10-25-13
News release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/23927.htm
New members of the Judicial Council were sworn in for terms ranging one to three years.
Judicial Council members: http://bit.ly/JCmembers
Judicial Council members are volunteers and do not receive additional compensation for their service. Most are appointed by the Chief Justice or by the State Bar Board of Trustees. Legislative representatives and advisory members also serve. Most council members serve three-year terms, with about a third of the membership changing each year. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who chairs the council, stands with new members following their swearing-in.
The first item on the agenda, economist Christopher Thornberg, Ph.D., presents an overview and forecast on California's economy and state budget.
Listen: http://bit.ly/JC102013_1 (55:34)
Next, Judge Michael Nash recommends that the council adopt a resolution proclaiming November Court Adoption and Permanency Month. For almost 20 years, Judge Nash has served as either Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court or Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Dependency Court in Los Angeles.
News release: http://bit.ly/CourtAdoptionPermanancy
Judge Nash helped create Adoption Saturday in Los Angeles in 1998. Since then, approximately 10,000 foster children in L.A. have had their adoptions completed in Saturday court hearings. The program has expanded nationally, with over 200 courts in all fifty states
now participating annually in National Adoption Day.
Marcie Daniluke, a mentor parent at the Santa Clara Dependency Advocacy Center, tells the story of losing her children and working with the court towards family reunification.
Diane Nunn, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, introduces Dwain and Marianne McGinnis from Temecula, CA. The couple adopted two Indian siblings through Tribal Customary Adoption.
Tribal Customary Adoption allows Indian children, with the involvement of their tribes, to be adopted by and through the laws, customs, and traditions of their tribe without requiring termination of the parental rights of the biological parents.
The Los Angeles Probation Department spoke on how their efforts to link youth who are on probation to permanent homes have been so successful, other counties are looking to replicate their model.
The Chief Justice and Judge Nash stand with Diane Nunn (Center for Families, Children & the Courts), Stephen Colburn and Cheri Watkins of Ridgecrest, CA, and Lisa Cambell-Motton and Kendra Hamilton from the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
Judge Steven Jahr, Administrative Director of the Courts and Secretary to the Judicial Council, signs the Court Adoption and Permanency Month Proclamation.
Judge Nash reads aloud the resolution and the Chief Justice makes comments: http://bit.ly/CAPM_Audio
Judge Nash, presiding judge of Los Angeles Juvenile Court, was approached by L.A. County Probation Department permanency advocates Lisa Cambell-Motton and Kendra Hamilton. Together they established the country's only "Adoption and Delinquency Court."
Director Diane Nunn, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, provides details of CFCC's new organizational structure that includes a 35% reduction in staff, the result of Judicial Council directives assigned a year ago.
View report: http://bit.ly/item3_102013_report
Following the meeting, Judicial Council members gather in the lobby for the annual group photo for use on the California Courts website.
While the council meeting is held, classrooms surrounding the boardroom are used for New Judge Orientation, taught by California judges. Faculty members stand and are thanked by the Chief Justice for their volunteer service.
The California Rules of Court require that new judges attend the AOC's New Judge Orientation Program within six months of taking the oath as a judge or subordinate judicial officer. During this week, 15 attended the training.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye gives her report to the Judicial Council, outlining her activities since the council's last meeting in August.
Council Secretary Judge Steven Jahr provides the Administrative Director's report on his recent activities and those of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
The first action item of the day, Justice Douglas Miller presents recommendations on Judicial Council delegations to the Administrative Director of the Courts. The recommendations stem from council directives resulting from the final report of the Strategic Evaluation Committee (SEC).
AOC restructuring: http://www.courts.ca.gov/19334.htm
Judge Brian McCabe, Superior Court of Merced County, comments on the item. Judge McCabe served as vice-chair of the committee of judges who volunteered to evaluate the Administrative Office of the Courts. “This self-assessment effort is extraordinary, unique, and unparalleled anywhere in the United States. We are very proud of what has been done so far and are very pleased with the process.”
Justice Maria P. Rivera presents an informational report and update on behalf of the Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan. By Dec 2014, the group will develop a statewide plan that will provide a consistent
direction for language access throughout the California courts.
Judge Edwin Power presented and the Judicial Council approved recommendations allocating $50 million authorized by the Legislature for statewide trial court facility modifications and planning in fiscal year 2013–2014. The courts have increasingly reported the desperate state of their facilities after years of budget cuts. The presentation contains details on how the funds will be distributed.
Judicial Council Binders: supporting reports and materials are organized by agenda item for each meeting. These files, and presentations given during the meeting, are posted to the meeting website for public access.