On July 25, the Chief Justice prepares to call to order the business meeting of the Judicial Council of California. Each July, the council focuses its meeting on matters related primarily to the judicial branch budget.
In her report to the Judicial Council the Chief Justice introduces "Access 3D"—a vision to provide the public with three-dimensional access to the courts: remote access, physical access, and equal access.
Listen to Access 3D: http://bit.ly/TCS_Access3D
Listen to full report: http://bit.ly/CJ072513
On this day, the council will meet for just a few hours. Many will participate via teleconference. Those who attend in person use their time during the break to speak with the Chief Justice, other members, and council support staff of the AOC.
Laurie Wills, the court executive officer of the Trinity County Superior Court, comments on funding connected to the Criminal Justice Realignment program.
AOC Finance Director Zlatko Theodorovic joins Judicial Council member Alan Carlson to present the recommendations of the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (TCBAC). Carlson is the court executive officer of the Superior Court of Orange County and co-chair of TCBAC.
Just two months earlier, in May, the Chief Justice announced that the Judicial Council would be soliciting nominations for the budget committee.
News release: http://www.courts.ca.gov/21863.htm
The committee of judges and court executives developed its funding recommendations at a public meeting on July 9 and based them upon workload, requiring shifts in base historical funding from some courts to others.
Judicial Council member and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris D. Jacobson listens as the 11 recommendations are presented.
Full report: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20130725-itemC.pdf
Next, Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Steven Jahr introduces the new lead of the California Judicial Branch Capital Program Office for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
On July 1, Bill Guerin began his position as lead of the office that manages new courthouse design, construction, and major renovation projects for California’s trial and appellate courts—the largest state court construction program in the nation.
The council receives a preliminary summary of the 2013 Court Statistics Report, required by the state constitution and prepared by the AOC Office of Court Research using data submitted by the courts.
Chris Belloli, AOC Office of Court Research, presents a preview of the report findings. His presentation prompted a discussion from council members who offered their input on factors contributing to declining case filing trends.
Listen to Report: http://bit.ly/CSR_072513
Listen to Council Discussion: http://bit.ly/CSR_JC2