From the Chief Justice

Mar 02, 2015

2015 Civic Learning Awards

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announce 9 elementary and middle school winners of the Civic Learning Award. Three schools awarded at the top level will receive visits from the Chief Justice this spring. 

Judicial Branch Administration

Feb 20, 2015

Council’s Administrative Director Announces Cost-Saving Cuts

Administrative Director Martin Hoshino reported to council on Feb 19 that beginning July 1, 2015, high-level council staff will be required to contribute to their retirement accounts and cease receiving a monthly parking stipend. These and other cost-saving measures were part of a progress report on the working group formed to respond to recommendations on council operations and spending made by the California State Auditor. 

California Bench Continues to Grow More Diverse

Diversity of the California bench is increasing, according to a legislatively mandated annual report released by the Judicial Council. The report contains demographic data on the ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and veteran’s and disability status of California justices and judges. For example, women now represent 32.2 percent of trial court judges, compared to 26.8 percent in 2006, continuing a steady upward trend over the past nine years.

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Mar 05, 2015

Language Access Task Force Members

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye named 15 judicial officers and court administrators to the new task force. Membership will also include court interpreters, legal services providers, and community leaders. Deadline to submit nominations: Mar 18.
Feb 20, 2015

Judicial Council Met Feb 19

The policymaking body of the state judicial branch met on Thursday, Feb 19 in Sacramento. See the news release for a summary of the meeting. 
Feb 24, 2015

Bilingual Interpreting Exam

Interpreter candidates who have complied with all state requirements and are registered for the Mar 24-26 exam being administered in locations throughout the state should view the video series "What to Expect on Exam Day." 
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