Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch

Purpose:
Makes recommendations to the council on practices that will promote efficiency or improve financial accountability in the judicial branch.

Date Established: June, 2010

 

Written comments pertaining to the proposed action must be submitted in accordance with the notice as posted for this meeting on or before August 18, 2014 and prior to 2:00 pm.




2014 Financial Accountability and Efficiency Advisory Committee Meetings

Currently, the advisory committee has 14 members with 4 vacancies; is comprised of appellate justices, superior court judges, and court executive officers; and reports to the Executive and Planning Committee. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for terms ranging from one to three-years.

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  • Hon. Richard D. Huffman, Chair, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One
  • Hon. Kathleen E. O'Leary, Vice-Chair, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. David W. Abbott, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Hon. Lorna A. Alksne, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Kim Garlin Dunning, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Joyce Hinrichs, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt
  • Hon. Barbara A. Kronlund, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
  • Hon. Thomas M. Maddock, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Hon. Brian Walsh, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Ms. Kimberly Flener, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Butte
  • Mr. Michael D. Planet, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Ms. Pat Sweeten (Ret.), Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Ms. Kim Turner, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Marin


Created in June 2010 by former Chief Justice Ronald M. George, the purpose of the A&E Committee is to promote transparency, accountability, efficiency, and understanding of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and the judicial branch.

Committee Charge
The advisory committee is charged with the following responsibilities and making recommendations to the Chief Justice, the Judicial Council, and the Administrative Director of the Courts:

  • Make recommendations each year on any Budget Change Proposals (BCPs) for funding of the AOC prior to submission to the State Department of Finance. Such recommendations would be based upon information in the BCPs and a review of information on budget and staffing levels at the AOC.
  • Make recommendations each year on any proposed changes in the annual compensation plan for the AOC. Such recommendations would include a review of compensation adjustments of comparable entities in the judicial branch and in state and local government. The Chief Justice is charged by law with making the final decision.
  • Review all audit reports for the Judicial Branch, including appellate courts, trial courts and the AOC, and where appropriate, make recommendations on individual or systemic issues for the Judicial Council’s consideration at the time it receives and considers audit reports.
  • Report semi-annually to the Judicial Council on all AOC contracts for which there is no other external oversight body and that meet established review criteria to ensure such contracts are in support of judicial branch policy as set by the Judicial Council.
  • Participate in review of periodic updates and revisions to the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual.
  • Make recommendations on any practices that will promote efficiency in the Judicial Branch.
  • Make recommendations on any practices that will improve financial accountability in the Judicial Branch.
  • Advise on other issues related to the committee charge as requested by the Chief Justice, Judicial Council, or the Administrative Director of the Courts.

Contact Information

Criminal Justice Services
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AEcommittee@jud.ca.gov

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