2015 Summary of Court-Related Legislation
The 2015 Summary of Court–Related Legislation has brief descriptions of new laws, arranged according to subject matter, that affect the courts or that are of general interest to the judicial branch. The summary includes a statement for each new or amended statute that is determined to impact court operations and procedures, as well as a table summarizing new laws that create or expand crimes. Access the page numbers of specific bill summaries using an index at the back of the document. Current and prior-year summaries can be accessed below.
Each year, the Judicial Council adopts legislative and budget priorities to pursue with the legislative and executive branches.
Each year, the Office of Governmental Affairs maintains a chart showing the status of all legislation the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee (PCLC) has taken a position on or reviewed on the council's behalf that year. The current year chart is updated after each PCLC meeting.
Each year, the Governmental Affairs Office distributes to all appellate courts a table of bills that affect appellate courts.
The Judicial Council's Governmental Affairs office monitors legislative activity and represents the Judicial Council before the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and executive branch agencies and departments. The 2015 Legislative Policy Summary is an abstract of council action regarding court-related legislative proposals. The summary is organized by policy area and includes how the actions further the objectives of the seven goals of Justice in Focus: The Strategic Plan for California’s Judicial Branch, 2006-2016. The table that follows each policy area shows actions taken on legislation that illustrate the policy. The table does not include every bill on which a council position was taken. This document is updated annually. The document contains hyperlinks for viewing the text of the bills.