From the Chief Justice

Aug 07, 2014

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

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Civic Learning Recommendations
On Aug 5, the Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning unveiled recommendations to enhance civics education in California public schools. The task force was formed by the Chief Justice and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Judicial Branch Administration

Jul 31, 2014

Judicial Council Retires "Administrative Office of the Courts" Name

The Judicial Council and its staff, formerly known as the Administrative Office of the Courts, or AOC, are unified as the Judicial Council of California following actions taken at the July 29 council meeting. The action, recommended by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, chair of the Judicial Council, is effective immediately and does not change the functions, duties, responsibilities or obligations of the council or Judicial Council staff. Implementation on this website will be phased in gradually.

Funding California's Trial Courts

California courts have been cut by more than $1 billion in recent years. Despite this year's uptick in funding for the judicial branch, the 2014-2015 budget means there will be "more disappointment, service reductions, and delay for those who need our courts," according to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye (full statement). Learn more at InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis.

Court Locations

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Aug 22, 2014

Confirmation Hearings Set for Aug 28

The Commission on Judicial Appointments will consider judicial seats on the Supreme Court of California, and the Court of Appeal Second and Third Appellate Districts. Hearings will be held in San Francisco on Aug 28, 9 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
Aug 12, 2014

2014 Court Statistics Report

Overall case filings in the California superior courts decreased last fiscal year, while complex cases are rising, according to the Judicial Council’s 2014 Court Statistics Report.
Aug 05, 2014

Draft Language Access Plan

Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan invites comment on a draft statewide language access plan for limited English proficient court users. Deadline to comment: Sep 29.
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