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Judicial Council of California
Chaired by the Chief Justice of California, the Judicial Council establishes policies and priorities for the statewide administration of justice in the California Courts.
About California Courts
California has 58 superior courts to hear civil and criminal cases, as well as the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.
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Rules of Court
Access the official California Rules of Court, current as of July 27, 2012.
On the May Revise “I’m disappointed that the Governor’s revised budget proposals provide no more fiscal relief to the courts. Given the state’s current fiscal condition, I had hoped for more effort to help stop the downward spiral of the judicial branch budget." MORE >>
A new budget development and allocation process for trial courts was adopted by the Judicial Council at its Apr 26 meeting. The distribution of funds will be based on workload instead of the pro rata formula used for the last 15 years. The new process will gradually shift current baseline funding from some courts to others. The action came the same day the Trial Court Funding Workgroup presented its final report.
One penny for every dollar. That's how much our state court system receives from the state's General Fund to provide justice for 38 million Californians. Nearly $1.2 billion in cumulative budget reductions have crippled the California courts. Learn how on the InFocus: Budget Crisis in the Judicial Branch website.
"What advice would you give to a student with average grades?" The Chief Justice answered this and other questions presented by students at Balboa High School Law Academy. Video, photos and audio clips provide highlights of her visit.