Outreach Activities

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.

Day on the Bench

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.

Liaison Program

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.

Statewide Bench/Bar Coalition

2016 Bench Bar Coalition Activities

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.

Learn more about the Coalition by viewing the album in Flickr.

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

Past Activities
Monday, October 23, 2017 BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call Agenda and Materials
Monday, July 17, 2017 BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call Agenda and Materials
Monday, January 23, 2017 BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call Agenda and Materials
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
  • Overview
  • Criminal fines and assessments
  • Q & A

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.

Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

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.