Staff at the Office of Governmental Affairs promote effective communications within the judicial branch and with the legislative and executive branches of state government by coordinating and staffing outreach activities with groups such as the Bench/Bar Coalition (BBC), the California Judges Association, and the California Courts Association-Legislative Committee.
The Day-on-the-Bench is a statewide program co-sponsored by the California Judges Association in which legislators will spend approximately a half day visiting a court in the legislator's district. During the visit, the legislator will observe court proceedings, tour court facilities, meet with a host judge and perhaps the presiding judge and court administrator, and discuss issues of mutual concern about the courts and the judiciary.
The program is designed to give legislators a personal understanding of the volume, complexity, and variety of daily duties and responsibilities of a judge, as well as an understanding of the conditions of the court. This experience is intended to impress upon legislators the significant role played by the courts and the justice system, their impact on the daily lives of Californians, and the need for legislative support.
Related to its advocacy function, the liaison program is the Office of Governmental Affairs' ongoing effort to maintain contact and work cooperatively with groups involved in the judicial system, including the California Judges Association (CJA), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), the State Bar, plaintiffs' and defense bars, and others. Where our positions on issues concur, we form alliances to enhance our advocacy efforts. When our positions on particular issues differ, we negotiate to reach agreement whenever possible. Working with other groups toward achieving common goals has been a longstanding historical component of OGA's work.
In 1993, under the leadership of the California Association of Local Bars (CALB), a statewide Bench/Bar Coalition (BBC), (Membership Application) was established to enhance communication and coordinate activities between the judicial community and the state, local, and specialty bars on issues of common interest, particularly in the legislative arena. In addition to conference calls and in-person meetings, the BBC meets with legislators at the State Capitol during "Day in Sacramento" activities.
Bench-Bar Coalition event information and meeting materials can be accessed by clicking on the desired item(s) posted below:
|Date||Event/Location||Agenda, Meeting Materials|
|Monday, January 23, 2017||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call|
|Monday, April 17, 2017||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call|
|Monday, July 17, 2017||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call|
|Monday, October 23, 2017||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call|
|Monday, October 24, 2016||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call||Agenda|
|Friday, September 30, 2016||2016 BBC Fall Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Diego, CA.
(No Charge, Registration Required)
|Panel Discussion: Fines, Fees, and Penalty Assessments
Monday, August 29, 2016
Nominees for BBC Executive Committee are ratified on a special conference call with membership prior to the fall meeting
|Monday, July 18, 2016||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call||Agenda|
|Monday, April 18, 2016||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call||Agenda|
|Tuesday, March 8, 2016||State of the Judiciary and BBC Day in Sacramento||Itinerary|
|Monday, January 25, 2016||BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call||Agenda|
For more information regarding the Bench-Bar Coalition, please contact the Judicial Council of California, Governmental Affairs at 916-323-3121.
The Judicial Council's Governmental Affairs office co-directs the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program (JAFP) which is a partnership between the Judicial Council and the Center for California Studies Capital Fellows Program.