Learn more about the plain language civil and criminal jury instructions adopted by the Judicial Council and that accurately convey the law using language that is understandable to jurors.
Invitations to Comment
We invite you to comment on proposed changes to the California Rules of Court, Standards of Judicial Administration, Judicial Council forms, California Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions, and Judicial Council–sponsored legislation.
Statement on Budget for 2016–2017
“I’m pleased to see that this marks the fourth year of new investment in the courts—more than $600 million—and a continuing emphasis on access to justice issues.” MORE »
An amnesty program in California is now discounting traffic and non-traffic infractions that were due on or before Jan 1, 2013, and is helping those seeking driver's license reinstatements. The program runs through March 31, 2017. For information and links to local court websites, visit the program webpage.
The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts and is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its advisory committees and task forces. For a high-level overview of Council initiatives and programs, visit the Judicial Council Index.
Council will consider a plan for new courthouses given a funding shortfall; get briefings on the economic forecast for the state, court funding and technology; and consider reports on criminal realignment and risk assessment tools.