Futures Commission

The goal of the Futures Commission is to catalyze change. It will take a fresh look at legal and structural challenges to long-term efficiency and stability for the judicial branch and develop practical, achievable recommendations that may be implemented by the Judicial Council, the Legislature, or the Governor.

                                                                                                               — Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Commission on the Future of California's Court System


Purpose: To study and recommend to the Chief Justice initiatives to effectively and efficiently serve California's diverse and dynamic population by enhancing access to justice.

Date Established: July 2014

An interim report, The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System Proposes Legislation to Authorize the Council to Reallocate Vacant Judgeships, was forwarded to the Chief Justice on April 12, 2016.

A public comment session was held on February 8-9, 2016 at the Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room, Judicial Council San Francisco Office.

A public comment session was held on December 8, 2015 at the Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room, Judicial Council San Francisco Office.

Executive Committee meeting held October 30, 2015 at the Milton Marks Conference Center, Judicial Council San Francisco Office

Meeting held February 24-25, 2015 at the Milton Marks Conference Center, Judicical Council San Francisco Office

News Release - New Members to Commission on Future of California's Court System.

News Release - Executive Committee named.

Working Groups formed: Civil, Criminal/Traffic, Family/Juvenile, Fiscal/Court Administration, and Technology.

The Commission’s 18-to-24-month timeline includes surveys, public meetings, and invitations to comment on proposals.

Justices, judges, and court executives from a cross-section of courts were appointed by the Chief Justice to serve on the Futures Commission's Executive Committee. Former State Bar President Patrick Kelly also serves as a special advisory liaison to the Executive Committee.

Download the Committee Roster and Committee Bios.

  • Hon. Carol A. Corrigan, Chair, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
  • Hon. William R. McGuiness, Vice-Chair, Administrative Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. Lorna A. Alksne, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District
  • Hon. Stacy Boulware Eurie, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Hon. J. Richard Couzens, Retired Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer
  • Hon. Judith L. Haller, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One
  • Hon. Jim M. Humes, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One
  • Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Patricia M. Lucas, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Louis Mauro, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
  • Hon. Douglas P. Miller, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
  • Hon. Kathleen E. O'Leary, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. Carrie McIntyre Panetta, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Hon. Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six
  • Hon. Charles S. Poochigian, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
  • Hon. Peter J. Siggins, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three
  • Hon. Marsha Slough, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two
  • Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Emily E. Vasquez, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Mr. Jake Chatters, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer
  • Mr. Michael Planet, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Mr. Michael Roddy, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Mr. David H. Yamasaki, Executive Officer of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Ms. Charlene Ynson, Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
     
  • SPECIAL ADVISOR: Mr. Patrick Kelly, Western Region Managing Partner, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
  • PROJECT LEAD: Ms. Jody Patel, Judicial Council's Chief of Staff

Working Groups of the Futures Commission will focus on these areas of judicial practice:

Civil Working Group

Roster

  • Hon. Judith L. Haller, Chair, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One*
  • Hon. Patricia M. Lucas, Vice-Chair, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara*
  • Hon. Jeffrey B. Barton, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Michelle Williams Court, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Mr. Robert P. Feldman, Attorney at Law, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
  • Ms. Kimberly Flener, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Butte
  • Hon. Bruce G. Iwasaki, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Mr. Michael A. Kelly, Attorney at Law, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
  • Mr. Patrick Kelly, Western Region Managing Partner , Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP**
  • Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles*
  • Ms. Edith Matthai, Attorney at Law, Robie & Matthai
  • Hon. Robert J. Moss, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Emily E. Vasquez, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento*

    Advisory Member:
    Hon. John H. Sugiyama, Chair, Judicial Council Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa

    Judicial Council Staff Support:
    Ms. Maureen Dumas, Principal Manager, Special Projects
    Ms. Michelle Brooke, Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. An Nguyen, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Anne Ronan, Attorney II, Legal Services

Criminal/Traffic Working Group

Roster

  • Hon. Carrie McIntyre Panetta, Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey*
  • Hon. J. Richard Couzens, Vice-Chair, Retired Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Placer*
  • Hon. Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District*
  • Hon. Thang Nguyen Barrett, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Lewis Clapp, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Le Jacqueline Duong, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Kory Honea, Sheriff, Butte County
  • Mr. Mack A. Jenkins, Retired Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation Department
  • Hon. Jackie Lacey, District Attorney, Los Angeles County
  • Ms. Phyllis Morris, Public Defender, San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office
  • Hon. Steven Z. Perren, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six*
  • Ms. Teresa A. Risi, Court Executive Officer , Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Hon. Charles A. Smiley III, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Hon. Andrew E. Sweet, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Marin
  • Ms. Charlene Ynson, Clerk/Administrator of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District*

    Advisory Members:
    Hon. Tricia Ann Bigelow, Chair, Judicial Council Criminal Law Advisory Committee, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight

    Hon. Mark S. Borrell, Chair, Judicial Council Traffic Advisory Committee, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura

    Judicial Council Staff Support:
    Ms. Maureen Dumas, Principal Manager, Special Projects
    Ms. Marcela Eggleton, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Kasey Rathbone, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Susan McMullan, Attorney II, Legal Services
    Ms. Linda Nguyen, Attorney II, Legal Services

Family/Juvenile Working Group

Roster

  • Hon. Stacy Boulware Eurie, Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento*
  • Hon. Lorna A. Alksne, Vice-Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego*
  • Hon. Jose L. Alva, Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
  • Hon. Steven Basha, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Yolo
  • Hon. Lewis A. Davis, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Hon. Holly J. Fujie, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Donna Quigley Groman, Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Delinquency Division, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Ms. Leslie Starr Heimov, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of California
  • Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Clare Keithley, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Butte
  • Ms. Teri Ann Kezirian, Attorney at Law, Law Firm of Julia Ann Brungess
  • Hon. Louis R. Mauro, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District*
  • Hon. Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Mr. David H. Yamasaki, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara*

    Judicial Council Staff Support:
    Ms. Maureen Dumas, Principal Manager, Special Projects
    Ms. Michelle Brooke, Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. An Nguyen, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Anne Ronan, Attorney II, Legal Services

Fiscal/Court Administration Working Group

Roster

  • Hon. Kathleen E. O’Leary, Chair, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three*
  • Mr. Mike Roddy, Vice-Chair, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego*
  • Hon. Marla O. Anderson, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Hon. Thomas James Borris, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Mr. Jake Chatters, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Placer*
  • Hon. C. Don Clay, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Mr. Michael Cohen, Director, California Department of Finance
  • Hon. Mark Ashton Cope, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Hon. Jim M. Humes, Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One*
  • Hon. Douglas P. Miller, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two*
  • Mr. Michael Planet, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Hon. Charles S. Poochigian, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District*
  • Hon. Peter J. Siggins, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three*
  • Hon. Marsha Slough, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two*
  • Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

    Advisory Member:
    Hon. Laurie M. Earl, Chair, Judicial Council Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee
    Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

    Judicial Council Staff Support:
    Ms. Maureen Dumas, Principal Manager, Special Projects
    Ms. Marcela Eggleton, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Kasey Rathbone, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Susan McMullan, Attorney II, Legal Services
    Ms. Linda Nguyen, Attorney II, Legal Services

Technology Working Group

Roster

  • Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego*
  • Mr. Michael Planet, Vice-Chair, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura*
  • Hon. Lorna A. Alksne, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego*
  • Mr. Jake Chatters, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Placer*
  • Hon. Lewis Clapp, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Mark Ashton Cope, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Hon. Robert J. Moss, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Ms. Teresa A. Risi, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Mr. Mike Roddy, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego*
  • Hon. Marsha Slough, Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two*

    Judicial Council Staff Support
    Ms. Maureen Dumas, Principal Manager, Special Projects
    Ms. Marcela Eggleton, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Kasey Rathbone, Senior Analyst, Special Projects
    Ms. Anne Ronan, Attorney II, Legal Service

*Futures Commission Executive Committee Member
**Special Advisor to Executive Committee

The commission has scheduled public comment sessions to further its mission of identifying ways to improve the court system and increase access to justice for all Californians. The sessions include brief presentations and opportunities for comment related to the concepts under consideration.  Audio of the public comment sessions will be broadcast real-time through this website. Links are posted approximately 15 minutes before each session.

A public comment session is planned for the summer of 2016. Information will be provided when it becomes available.


Previous Public Comment Session

February 8-9, 2016

December 8, 2015

Charge and Vision of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System

The Commission on the Future of California's Court System (Commission) will study and recommend to the Chief Justice initiatives to effectively and efficiently serve California's diverse and dynamic population by enhancing access to justice.

The Commission will focus on:

  • Improving systems and structures to effectively adjudicate civil, criminal, traffic, and family and juvenile law cases;
  • Achieving sustainable fiscal stability for the branch;
  • Employing modern technology to enhance public access to court information and services.

Mission

The focus of the Commission's work will be an internal review of the current operations of California's courts.  It will assess the statutory and Constitutional obligations of the courts, the current manner in which those obligations are being discharged, and whether there are systemic changes that can ensure those obligations are met directly and effectively, by the prudent allocation of limited resources.

Its goal will be to recommend ways in which the core responsibilities of the judicial system can be achieved effectively and fairly, taking into account the demands and opportunities of the Twenty First Century.

The Commission will solicit ideas and input from a broad spectrum of sources.  Its focus will be on practical and achievable suggestions to make certain that the methods employed to support the delivery of justice are responsive to the needs of all Californians.

Working Groups of the Commission will consider what changes may be made, what costs may be both required and saved, what advantages and disadvantages any proposal may entail, and whether implementation of proposals will require changes in statutes or rules of court.
 

Structure of the Commission

  • The Commission will consist of a chair and vice-chair and members from within the judicial branch. Additionally, the Commission will seek input and expertise from groups outside the branch including labor, technology, business, justice system partners, the Governor's Office, and the legislature.
  • The Commission will have an Executive Committee that will be charged with ensuring appropriate input and participation is sought from within the branch and from various stakeholder groups and will be responsible for the final development and approval of all reports and recommendations submitted to the Chief Justice. The Executive Committee will include Patrick Kelly, former State Bar President, as a non-voting Special Advisor.
  • The Commission will have five working groups each focused on the following case types/subject areas: Criminal/Traffic, Civil, Family/Juvenile, Fiscal/Administration, and Technology. Each working group will be chaired by an Executive Committee member, and will consist of voting members drawn from the Commission, and subject-matter specific attorney groups. The working groups will develop ideas, conduct research, and make recommendations to the Executive Committee.
  • The Judicial Council's Chief of Staff, Jody Patel will be lead staff for the Commission's efforts. She will be assisted by a core team of Judicial Council staff that will support the efforts of the Commission aided by subject matter experts from throughout the Judicial Council.

Contact Information


Judicial Council Leadership Services Division
Special Projects
FuturesCommission@jud.ca.gov
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