California's judicial branch serves an increasingly diverse population. The branch must work to remove all barriers to access and fairness by being responsive to the state's cultural, racial, socioeconomic, linguistic, physical, and age diversity.
The branch is working to ensure that the courts are free from both bias and the appearance of bias, meeting the needs of increasing numbers of self-represented litigants, remaining receptive to the needs of all branch constituents, ensuring that court procedures are fair and understandable, and providing culturally responsive programs and services.
In addition, in order to serve the state of California effectively, the judicial branch should reflect the diversity of the state. The judicial branch must continue efforts to enhance public trust and confidence by working with other branches of government toward a judicial branch that mirrors the state's diversity.