Criminal Law Advisory Committee

Purpose:
Makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in criminal proceedings.

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

October 21, 2016, Criminal Law Advisory Committee Meeting (Closed)
12:15 p.m.


Previous Meetings

The 18-member advisory committee is comprised of appellate court justices, trial court judicial officers, judicial administrators, prosecutors, criminal defense lawyers, and probation officers, and advisory staff from the Administrative Office of the Courts and reports directly to the Judicial Council. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a three-year term. The current membership term runs until Oct 31 of each year.

Download the committee roster.

  • Hon. Tricia Ann Bigelow, Chair, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight
  • Hon. J. Richard Couzens (Ret.), Vice-Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer
  • Mr. John R. Abrahams, Public Defender (Ret.), Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office
  • Ms. Laura Arnold,  Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County Law Offices of the Public Defender
  • Mr. Ronald L. Brown, Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • Ms. Mary A. Butler, Chief Probation Officer, Napa County Probation Department
  • Hon. Hilary A. Chittick, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Hon. Ronald S. Coen, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Ms. Melissa Fowler-Bradley, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Shasta
  • Hon. David Goldstein, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Shasta
  • Ms. Cheryl Kanatzar, Deputy Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Hon. Sam Lavorato, Jr., Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Hon. Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney, Alameda County
  • Hon. Lisa Rodriguez, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Ms. Nora Sanchez, Director of Operations, Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Mr. Lee Seale, Chief Probation Officer, Sacramento County Probation Department
  • Hon. Allen H. Sumner, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Hon. Stephen M. Wagstaffe, District Attorney, San Mateo County
  • Mr. Lance Winters, Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Attorney General's Office
The committee is charged with making recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in criminal proceedings. The committee identifies issues and concerns confronting the judiciary in the areas of criminal procedure, practice, and case management and suggests solutions and responses.

Contact Information

Criminal Justice Services
Operations & Programs
CLAC@jud.ca.gov

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