Past Proposals

The proposals on this page have circulated for comment. Most of them were subsequently submitted to the Judicial Council for action. To see how the Judicial Council acted on a proposal, please visit the council’s meeting page, where meeting materials and minutes are available.

In general, if a proposal has a suggested January 1 effective date, it would most likely be on the council’s October agenda; if it has a July 1 effective date, it would most likely be on the April agenda.

For more information, please see How a Proposal Becomes a Rule (PDF).

Archive of Past Proposals for Public Comment

Judicial Council: Change to Advisory Committee Membership Requirements (PDF, 144 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-01

The Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee proposes amending the rule that governs that committee to broaden its membership definition of “presiding judge.” Under the existing rule, only a current or immediate past presiding judge is eligible for membership. The proposal would redefine a “presiding judge” to mean a current presiding judge or one who has served within six years of the year of the appointment as a committee member. In addition, it would extend eligibility for reappointment to an existing presiding or past presiding judge member. Finally, it would limit the Judicial Council’s nonvoting members to the chief administrative officer and the director of Budget Services, thus removing the chief of staff and chief operating officer.

Jury Service: Permanent Medical Excuse (PDF, 327 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-40

The Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness proposes new rule 2.1009 to establish a process for a person with a disability to request a permanent medical excuse from jury service in cases where the individual, with or without accommodations, including the provision of auxiliary aides or services, is incapable of performing jury service. Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) considered authoring a bill in this area last year but deferred introducing the legislation in order to give the Judicial Council the opportunity to address the issue through the adoption of a uniform rule of court.

Court Records: Retention of Original Wills and Codicils and of Court Records in Gun Violence Cases (PDF, 61 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-02

Judicial Branch Education: Minimum Requirements for Judicial Council Staff (PDF, 98 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-15

Trial Courts: Financial Policies and Procedures (PDF, 91 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Ethics Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration (PDF, 225 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Judicial Arbitration (PDF, 254 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Judicial Arbitration (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Ethics Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-02

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediator's Statement of Agreement or Nonagreement and Statistical Reports to Judicial Council (PDF, 154 KB)
Item Number: W11-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Judicial Arbitration Statutes (PDF, 30 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-06

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Order Appointing Referee (PDF, 135 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-03

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediator's Statement of Agreement or Nonagreement and Statistical Reports to Judicial Council (PDF, 138 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-02

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Case Management Statement (PDF, 317 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Qualifications of Mediators in Court-Connected Mediation for General Civil Cases (PDF, 199 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Access to Hearings and Records in Proceedings Before Temporary Judges and Referees (PDF, 210 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-02

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Procedures for Addressing Complaints About Court-Program Mediators for Civil Cases (PDF, 478 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-10

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Procedures for Addressing Complaints About Court-Program Mediators for Civil Cases (PDF, 369 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-11

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mandatory Settlement Conferences (PDF, 294 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-12

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Access to Hearings and Records in Proceedings Before Temporary Judges and Referees (PDF, 526 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-13

Appellate Procedure: Notice of appeal and the record in civil commitment cases, SPR19-01 (PDF, 964 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-01

The Appellate Advisory Committee proposes a new rule of court describing the required contents of the normal record on appeal for civil commitment cases and a new notice of appeal form for civil commitment cases. This proposal is in response to a suggestion from a member of this committee and is intended to provide needed guidance to litigants and the courts and ensure that appellate records in civil commitment cases are complete.

Appellate Procedure: Form of Filed Documents in the Appellate Division, SPR19-02 (PDF, 615 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-02

The Appellate Advisory Committee proposes the adoption of a new rule of court governing the form of filed documents in the appellate division. The rule is intended to provide clarity to litigants, court staff, and judges as to the proper formatting of applications, motions, and other documents to be filed in the appellate division. This proposal is in response to a suggestion from a member of this committee.

Appellate Procedure: Advisement of Appellate Rights in Juvenile Cases, SPR19-03 (PDF, 1031 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-03

To promote greater awareness of parents’ and legal guardians’ appellate rights in juvenile court proceedings, the Appellate Advisory Committee proposes amending the rule regarding advisement of appellate rights to remove the limitation that the court need only provide this information to parents and guardians who are present at the hearing that resulted in the judgment or order. The committee also proposes the adoption of a new optional form notice for clerks to send with court orders following a hearing to provide the advisement. This proposal originated with a suggestion from an attorney in San Diego.
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Appellate Procedure: Oral Argument in Appellate Division Appeals, SPR19-04 (PDF, 1387 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-04

To increase efficiency and provide guidance for litigants, the Appellate Advisory Committee proposes amending the rule regarding oral argument in limited civil and misdemeanor appeals to provide that oral argument will not be set in cases presenting no arguable issues and to set forth a procedure for waiving oral argument. The committee also proposes the adoption of two optional forms, one for limited civil cases and one for misdemeanor cases, to assist litigants in waiving
oral argument if they choose to do so. This proposal originated with suggestions from a presiding judge of an appellate division and a member of the committee.

Appellate Procedure: Word Limits for Petitions for Rehearing in Unlimited Civil Cases, SPR19-05 (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-05

To establish limits on briefing that reflect the limited scope of petitions for rehearing, the Appellate Advisory Committee proposes reducing the maximum length of petitions and answers by amending the rule that governs the content and form of briefs in the Court of Appeal. Currently, the rule provides maximum limits of 14,000 words for briefs produced on a computer and 50 pages for briefs produced on a typewriter. These limits apply to all types of briefs, including petitions for rehearing and answers to those petitions. This proposal would provide lower limits of 7,000 words and 25 pages for petitions for rehearing and answers. This proposal arises out of suggestions from appellate practitioners, including a current committee member, that the committee consider reducing word limits for civil briefs in the Court of Appeal.

Appellate Procedure, Juvenile Law: Access to Juvenile Case Files in Appellate Court Proceedings, SPR19-06 (PDF, 1180 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-06

The Appellate Advisory Committee and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee propose amended rules and new and revised forms to implement recent Judicial Council–sponsored legislation amending the statute that specifies who may access and copy records in a juvenile case file in an appeal or writ proceeding challenging a juvenile court order. The statutory amendment clarified that people who are entitled to seek review of certain orders in juvenile proceedings or who are respondents or real parties in interest in such appellate proceedings may, for purposes of those appellate proceedings, access and copy those records to which they were previously given access by the juvenile court. This proposal would implement the legislation by updating the rules relating to juvenile appeals to include provisions relating to persons with limited access to the juvenile case file and the limited record that must be prepared and provided to these persons. The committees also propose a new information sheet and a notice on certain forms regarding the requirement to seek authorization from the juvenile court to access records in the case file before commencing an appeal.

Appellate Procedure: Uniform Formatting Rules for Electronic Documents, SPR19-07 (PDF, 378 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-07

To provide consistency and clarity, the Appellate Advisory Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Committee propose revising California Rules of Court, rules 8.40, 8.44, 8.71, 8.72, 8.74, 8.204, and 8.252 to create uniform formatting rules for electronic documents filed in the appellate courts. The rules currently provide some formatting requirements for electronic documents, but they do not include various local rule requirements such as bookmarking. Moreover, local rules around the state differ in their requirements and scope. By establishing uniform, comprehensive rules for all appellate courts, this proposal will ease the burden on filers caused by differing format rules. This project initially focused on rules for exhibits and bookmarking, but was expanded in scope to include other formatting requirements. It originated from a suggestion by a member of the Joint Appellate Technology Subcommittee of the Appellate Advisory Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Committee.

Appellate Procedure: Service Copy of a Petition for Review, SPR19-08 (PDF, 250 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-08

To update court procedures and provide clarity, the Appellate Advisory Committee and the Information Technology Advisory Committee propose amending the rule regarding petitions for review in the California Supreme Court to remove the requirement to send to the Court of Appeal a separate service copy of an electronically filed petition for review. Under current practice, when a petition for review is accepted for electronic filing by the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal automatically receives a filed/endorsed copy of the petition through the electronic filing service provider (EFSP). Thus, in actual practice, the electronic filing of a petition satisfies the requirement to serve the Court of Appeal, and there is no need for a petitioner to serve the Court of Appeal with another copy as required by the rules. This proposal does not change the requirement to serve the Court of Appeal with a separate copy if a petition for review is filed in paper form. This proposal originated from a suggestion submitted by an appellate court administrator.

Appellate Procedure: Appeals from Superior Court Decisions in Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 417 KB)
Item Number: SP18-21

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing amendments to an existing rule relating to appeals from decisions in habeas corpus proceedings and the adoption of several new rules and a form specifically addressing appeals from superior court decisions on death penalty–related habeas corpus petitions. These proposed rules and the form are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by establishing procedures for this new type of appeal.

Criminal Procedure: Superior Court Procedures for Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 843 KB)
Item Number: sp18-22

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of six new rules of court relating to superior court procedures for death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rules are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by establishing procedures for the superior courts’ new responsibility for this type of proceeding.  

Rules and Forms: Qualification of Counsel for Appointment in Death Penalty Appeals and Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 602 KB)
Item Number: SP18-12

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing amendments to the rule relating to the qualifications of counsel in death penalty appeals and habeas corpus proceedings, including moving to a new rule the provisions regarding the qualifications of counsel in death penalty– related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rule changes are intended to fulfill the Judicial Council’s obligation under Proposition 66 to reevaluate the competency standards for the appointment of counsel in death penalty direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings

Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Superior Court Appointment of Counsel in Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 894 KB)
Item Number: SP18-13

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of two new rules and two new forms relating to the superior court appointment of counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rules and forms are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by providing procedures for superior courts to determine if an attorney meets the minimum qualifications for counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings and to appoint such counsel for indigent persons subject to a judgment of death.

Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Record Preparation in Death Penalty Cases (PDF, 1095 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-11

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of several new rules and amendments to several existing rules relating to preparation of the record on appeal in death penalty cases. The working group is also proposing the adoption of two new mandatory forms and the approval of four new optional forms designed to assist in the record preparation process. These proposed rules and forms are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rulemaking obligations under Proposition 66 by making the record preparation process in death penalty cases more efficient.

Appellate Procedure: Finality of Appellate Division Decisions (PDF, 742 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-03

The Appellate Advisory Committee proposes amendments to several rules of court relating to the finality of appellate division decisions. The amendments are intended to ensure that parties have sufficient time after receiving notice of appellate division decisions to prepare and file applications for certification for transfer and petitions for rehearing before the time the appellate division loses jurisdiction. This proposal is in response to suggestions from the presiding judge of an appellate division and a member of this committee.

Appellate Procedure and Family Law: Settled Statements in Unlimited Civil Cases (PDF, 1155 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-04

To facilitate use of the settled statement procedure in unlimited civil cases, the Appellate Advisory Committee and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee propose new forms and revisions to existing forms for litigants and courts to use in preparing and certifying settled statements. This proposal is based on comments received last year in response to the Appellate Advisory Committee’s invitation to comment on proposed changes to the settled statement rule and forms.

Appellate Procedure: Notice of Appeal and Record on Appeal in Appellate Division Cases (PDF, 1001 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-05

The Appellate Advisory Committee proposes revising several of the Judicial Council forms for filing notices of appeal and notices designating the record on appeal in appellate division matters. The revisions are intended to provide more complete and accurate information, make corrections, and clarify various items. This proposal is based on suggestions from the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

Appellate Procedure: Electronic Sealed and Confidential Records and Lodged Records in the Court of Appeal (PDF, 133 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-06

As part of the Rules Modernization Project,1 the Appellate Advisory Committee recommends amending the rules to establish procedures for handling sealed and confidential materials submitted electronically in the Court of Appeal. The proposed amendments encompass the court’s return of lodged electronic records submitted in connection with a motion to seal.

Appellate Procedure: Settled Statements in Unlimited Civil Cases (PDF, 740 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-01

Appellate Procedure: Format for Reporter’s Transcripts Delivered in Electronic Form (PDF, 335 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-02

Appellate Procedure: Verification of Writ Petitions (PDF, 301 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-03

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Appellate Procedure: Designation of the Record in Limited Civil Cases (updated 3/21/17) (PDF, 609 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-04

Appellate Procedure: Service of Briefs in Misdemeanor Cases (PDF, 277 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-05

Appellate Procedure: Payment for Partially Prepared Reporter’s Transcripts (PDF, 279 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-06

Appellate Procedure: Expedited Review of Certain Orders Denying Motions to Compel Arbitration (PDF, 221 KB)
Item Number: SP16-13

Appellate and Trial Court Procedure: Privacy in Documents (PDF, 122 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-02

Appellate Procedure: Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 70 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-03

Appellate Procedure: Transcripts of Marsden Hearings (PDF, 50 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-04

Appellate Procedure: Amicus Curiae Briefs in Writ Proceedings (PDF, 44 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-05

Appellate Procedure: Ensure Consistency Between E-filing Rules and Court Practices (PDF, 154 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-06

Technology: Modernization of the Appellate Rules of Court (Phase II of the Rules Modernization Project) (PDF, 2058 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-26

Appellate Procedure: Record on Appeal–Civil Cases (PDF, 281 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-01

Electronic Service: Authorization of Electronic Service on Trial and Appellate Courts (PDF, 184 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-02

Appellate Procedure: Access to Electronic Appellate Court Records (PDF, 185 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-03

Appellate Procedure: Prehearing Conferences (PDF, 143 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-04

Appellate Procedure: Contents of Normal Record in Felony Appeals (PDF, 151 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-05

Appellate: Appendixes (PDF, 136 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-06

Appellate Procedure: Costs on Appeal (PDF, 169 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-07

Small Claims Writs: New Procedures to Implement Code of Civil Procedure section 116.798 (PDF, 441 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-08

Civil Practice and Procedure: Evidentiary Objections in Summary Judgment Proceedings (PDF, 691 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-09

Appellate Procedure: Confidential Records (PDF, 163 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-01

Appellate Procedure: Extensions of Time to File Briefs (PDF, 205 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-02

Appellate Procedure: Judicial Notice Requests (PDF, 126 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-03

Appellate Procedure: Record in Juvenile Appeals (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-04

Fee Waivers: Payments Over Time and Fees Included in Initial Fee Waiver (PDF, 487 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-05

CEQA Actions: Rules to Implement SB 743 (PDF, 197 KB)
Item Number: W14-02

Appellate Procedure: Appellate Division Rules and Forms (PDF, 1201 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-02

Appellate Court Procedure: Defaults in Procuring Record and Completion of the Record in Civil Appeals (PDF, 104 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-04

Appellate Procedure: Civil Case Information Statement (PDF, 69 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-03

Appellate Procedure: Number of Copies of Filed Documents (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-05

Appellate Procedure: Preparation of Transcripts in Felony and Juvenile Appeals (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-06

Appellate Procedure: Reporter’s Transcripts in Civil Appeals (PDF, 194 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-07

Appellate Procedure: Sealed Records (PDF, 262 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-08

Appellate Procedure: Signatures on Filed Documents (PDF, 77 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-09

Appellate Procedure: Writ Proceedings (PDF, 107 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-10

Appellate Procedure: Appointment of Appellate Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Appeals (PDF, 134 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-02

Appellate Procedure: Contents of normal record in criminal appeals (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-03

Appellate Procedure: Review of California Environmental Quality Act Cases Under Public Resources Code Sections 21178–21189.3 (PDF, 158 KB)
Item Number: W12-01

Appellate Procedure: Premature or Late Notice of Intent to File Writ Petition in Juvenile Dependency Proceeding (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-04

Appellate Procedure: Transmission of Administrative Records on Appeal (PDF, 127 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-05

Appellate Procedure: Costs on Appeal (PDF, 58 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-06

Appellate Court Administration: Court of Appeal Records (PDF, 134 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-07

Appellate Procedure: Copies of Briefs in Civil Appeals in the Court of Appeal Served on the Supreme Court (PDF, 66 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-08

Trial and Appellate Court Procedure: Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Parties and Attorneys (PDF, 442 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-09

Appellate Procedure: Filing Fees (PDF, 137 KB)
Item Number: W12-02

Appellate Procedure: Time for filing applications to file amicus curiae briefs (PDF, 117 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-03

Trial and Appellate Court Procedure: Addresses and Telephone Numbers of Parties and Attorneys (PDF, 150 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-04

Appellate Procedure: Time to Appeal (PDF, 145 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-05

Appellate Procedure: Clerk’s Transcript and Civil Case Information Statement (PDF, 387 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-06

Appellate Procedure: Respondent’s Election to Use Appendix (PDF, 98 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-07

Appellate Procedure: Briefs (PDF, 144 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-08

Appellate Procedure: Judicial Notice (PDF, 121 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-09

Appellate Procedure: Bringing New Authorities to the Attention of the Court of Appeal (PDF, 83 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-10

Appellate Procedure: When to Use Initials to Identify Parties in Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 198 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-11

Juvenile Law: Ensuring Tribal Receipt of Appellate Records (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-12

Appellate Procedure: Premature or Late Notice of Intent to File Writ Petition in Juvenile Dependency Proceeding (PDF, 188 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-13

Appellate Procedure: Filing, Modification, and Finality of Decisions in Proceedings for Writs of Review of Certain State Agency Decisions (PDF, 199 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-14

Trial and Appellate Procedure: Electronic Recordings Offered Into Evidence (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: W11-02

Appellate Procedure: Timeliness of Filings (PDF, 91 KB)
Item Number: W10-01

Appellate Procedure: Record on Appeal (PDF, 37 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-12

Appellate Procedure: Extension of Time to File Notice of Appeal (PDF, 63 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-11

Appellate Procedure: Numbers of Copies of Motions (PDF, 60 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-10

Appellate Procedure: Briefs and Petitions (PDF, 113 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-09

Appellate Procedure: Transfer of Appellate Division Cases to the Court of Appeal (PDF, 114 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-08

Appellate Procedure: Judicial Notice (PDF, 26 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-07

Appellate Procedure: Clerks Transcript in Civil Appeals (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-06

Appellate Procedure: Civil Case Information Statement (PDF, 56 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-05

Trial and Appellate Procedure: Electronic Recordings Offered Into Evidence (PDF, 37 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-04

Appellate Procedure: Time for Filing Notice of Appeal in a Civil Case (PDF, 83 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-03

Appellate Procedure: Civil Case Information Statement (PDF, 85 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-04

Appellate Procedure: Record on Appeal (PDF, 219 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-05

Appellate Procedure: Time for Filing Briefs (PDF, 379 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-06

Appellate Procedure: Petitions for Writs of Supersedeas (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-07

Appellate Procedure: Time for Review of Decisions Regarding Request for Accommodations (PDF, 87 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-08

Civil Actions: Notice of Entry of Judgment or Order (PDF, 344 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-09

Appellate Procedure: Appeals and Writ Proceedings in Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency Cases (PDF, 272 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-10

Appellate Procedure: Videoconferencing Oral Argument in the Superior Court Appellate Division (PDF, 134 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-11

Appellate Procedure: Petition for Review (PDF, 66 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-01

Appellate Procedure: Proceedings for Writ of Mandate, Certiorari, and Prohibition (PDF, 134 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-02

Appellate Procedure: Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 97 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-03

Appellate Procedure: Certificate of Interested Entities and Persons (PDF, 324 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-04

Appellate Procedure: Briefs (PDF, 321 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-05

Appellate Procedure: Record on Appeal (PDF, 400 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-06

Appellate Procedure: Miscellaneous Appellate Division Rules and Form (PDF, 329 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-07

Appellate Procedure: Judicial Notice (PDF, 62 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-08

Appellate Procedure: Service and Filing (PDF, 376 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-09

Appellate Procedures: Remittitur, Costs and Sanctions in Appeals and Writ Proceedings (PDF, 1365 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-01

Appellate Procedure: Records in Civil and Criminal Cases (PDF, 828 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-02

Appellate Procedure: Certificate of Interested Entities and Persons (PDF, 543 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-03

Appellate Procedure: Petitions for Writs of Supersedeas (PDF, 496 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-04

Appellate Procedure: Miscellaneous Appellate Rules (PDF, 304 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-05

Appellate Procedure: Applications to File Amicus Briefs in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (PDF, 289 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-06

Appellate Procedure: Notices of Appeal and Notices of Various Defaults (PDF, 299 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-07

Rules Applicable to All Courts: Construction of Rules When There Are Applicable Statutory Requirements and Format of Citations (PDF, 741 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-08

Appellate Procedure: Rules and Forms for the Superior Court Appellate Divisions (PDF, 2088 KB)
Item Number: SP07-18

Appellate Procedure: Copies of Briefs in Civil Appeals (PDF, 72 KB)
Item Number: SP07-19

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation Confidentiality Disclosures Under Senate Bill 954, SPR19-09 (PDF, 247 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-09

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes a new form for Judicial Council approval, Mediation Disclosure Notification and Acknowledgment (form ADR-200). This optional form serves to facilitate parties in implementing the requirements of Senate Bill 954 (Stats. 2018, ch. 350), which requires attorneys to provide their clients with specific written mediation confidentiality disclosures when they are representing clients in connection with mediation.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Separate Statements for Discovery Motions, SPR19-10 (PDF, 300 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-10

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee recommends that California Rules of Court, rule 3.1345, be amended, effective January 1, 2020, to reflect the change in law regarding separate statements in discovery motions enacted in Assembly Bill 2230 (Stats. 2018, ch. 317). That bill amends three sections of the Code of Civil Procedure to expressly provide that courts, for certain types of discovery, may allow the moving party to submit an outline of the discovery requests and responses in dispute rather than the separate statement currently required by rule. The rule reflects those changes and expands them to additional types of discovery.

Small Claims: Information about Court Interpreters, SPR19-11 (PDF, 798 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-11

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee is proposing revisions to two small claims forms in light of the repeal of Code of Civil Procedure section 116.550 in Senate Bill 1155 (Hueso; Stats. 2018). Previously, that statute had authorized a small claims court to permit another individual, other than an attorney, to assist a party if the court determines that the party does not speak or understand English sufficiently to comprehend the proceedings or give testimony and needs assistance. The law had also required each court to make a reasonable effort to maintain and make available to the parties a list of interpreters who were able and willing to aid parties in small claims actions. SB 1155 repealed section 116.550, and at the same time made all the statutory provisions regarding interpreters in other civil cases applicable to small claims cases. The proposed form revisions would remove all references to the content of this repealed law from the forms and more closely reflect current law.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Case Management Rules, SPR19-12 (PDF, 865 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-12

In 2013, the Judicial Council amended the statewide rules of court on civil case management to give courts the discretion to exempt certain types or categories of general civil cases from the mandatory case management rules. The amendments were intended as an emergency measure, to help courts to better address the state’s fiscal crisis by decreasing the time spent by court staff and judicial officers in filing case management statements, setting and holding individual case management conferences, and performing other actions required by the case management rules. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, following the recommendation by the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, is proposing that the discretionary exemption be made permanent, to allow flexibility in case management where courts so desire.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Waivers of Court Fees for Court Reporters and Interpreters - W19 - 06 (PDF, 423 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 06

Recent changes in the law pertaining to court fees for providing court reporters, providing court interpreters to parties in civil cases by priority level, and reimbursing courts for the cost of providing interpreters affect certain rules and forms that address fee waivers. The California Supreme Court recently held that courts that do not provide official court reporters must make available to parties entitled to a waiver of fees court reporters or other means to create a verbatim record. (Jameson v. Desta (2018) 5 Cal.5th 594.) Earlier legislation (Assem. Bill 1657; Stats. 2014, ch. 721) added a section to the Evidence Code that requires the Judicial Council to reimburse courts for court interpreter services for parties in civil cases and prioritizes by case type the provision of court interpreter services. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes that two California Rules of Court be amended and several fee waiver forms be revised to provide, generally, that a party that has been granted a fee waiver may request a court to provide an official reporter at a proceeding; delete an item addressing court-appointed interpreters in small claims actions; and change the language addressing court reporter’s fees.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Order on Unlawful Use of Personal Identifying Information - W19 - 05 (PDF, 209 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 05

Legislation effective January 1, 2019, authorizes a person who believes that his or her personal identifying information has been used unlawfully in a business entity filing to petition a court for a determination of unlawful use and issuance of an order certifying that determination and ordering specified actions. Senate Bill 1196 (Jackson; Stats. 2018, ch. 696) requires the Judicial Council to develop a form for issuing the order. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes that new Order on Unlawful Use of Personal Identifying Information (form CIV-165) be used for that purpose.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Unlawful Detainer - W19 - 04 (PDF, 232 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 04

Recent legislation added to and amended the Code of Civil Procedure section regarding unlawful detainer actions to expand affirmative defenses and to clarify that the period of time in which a defendant must respond to a summons does not include Saturday, Sunday, and other judicial holidays. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes revising two forms, Answer—Unlawful Detainer (form UD-105) and Summons Unlawful Detainer—Eviction (form SUM-130), to make them consistent with these statutory changes.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Name Change and Gender Change Forms - W19 - 03 (PDF, 1137 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 03

The Judicial Council has recently adopted and revised several Name Change forms at the recommendation of the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee to reflect recently enacted legislative amendments that go into effect January 1, 2019. Assembly Bill 3250 (Stats. 2018,ch. 776) added new requirements for issuance and service of orders to show cause in certain name change and gender-change recognition proceedings initiated by parents or guardians, as well as requiring new judicial findings in gender-change recognition proceedings brought by guardians. Assembly Bill 2201 (Stats. 2018, ch. 818) added a new category of petitioners (those seeking to avoid human trafficking) to those who may seek confidential name changes. The forms have been revised, and the two additional forms adopted, prior to circulation so that they will be correct when the laws become effective. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee is now circulating these forms and seeking comments following adoption of the forms. The committee will recommend further revisions, based on the comments, if appropriate.

Restraining Orders: Proposed Gun Violence Restraining Orders for Senate Bill 1200 Hearing Requirement - W19 - 02 (PDF, 1236 KB)
Item Number: W19- 02

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee is proposing five new gun violence restraining order (GVRO) forms and two revised GVRO forms to facilitate courts and parties in complying with the new hearing requirement in Penal Code section 18148. The proposal also revises the current GVRO forms relating to a restrained party providing proof of the surrender or sale of firearms, ammunition, and ammunition to more clearly reflect the statutory provisions

Protective Orders: Gun Violence Restraining Order Forms - W19 - 01 (PDF, 1950 KB)
Item Number: W19-01

At the November 30, 2018 meeting, the Judicial Council, at the recommendation of the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, approved revising 22 gun violence restraining order (GVRO) forms to reflect recently enacted legislative amendments that go into effect January 1, 2019. Recently enacted Senate Bill 1200 (Stats. 2018, ch. 898) requires orders under Penal Code section 18100 et seq. to be referred to as gun violence restraining orders, expands the definition of ammunition to include a magazine, prohibits a filing fee for GVRO forms and documents, requires a law enforcement officer to make a specific request when serving a gun violence restraining order, and provides that parties do not need to pay the sheriff for service of a GVRO. The short time frame between the bill passage and implementation date necessitated that the forms be revised without time for public comment before they went into effect. The forms are now being circulated for comment, and the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee will recommend any appropriate revisions based on comments received.

Civil Forms: Gender Discrimination Notice Proposed Rules, Forms, Standards, or Statutes (PDF, 227 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-07

Recent legislation requires the Judicial Council to adopt, no later than January 1, 2019, a written advisory notice to be used by a plaintiff’s attorney with each demand letter or complaint alleging gender discrimination in pricing. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes adopting a new form to comply with the legislation. Assembly Bill 1615 (Stats. 2017, ch. 156) added the Small Business Gender Discrimination in Services Compliance Act to division 1 of the Civil Code. It defines a “gender discrimination in pricing services claim” as a civil claim based on an alleged price difference in similar services charged to a person because of the person’s gender. Among its provisions is Civil Code section 55.62, which requires the Judicial Council to adopt a written advisory notice to be used by a plaintiff’s attorney to comply with that statute’s provisions, including the requirement that a notice accompany each demand letter or complaint. The text of the notice is set out in Civil Code section 55.62(c).

Civil Forms: Declarations of Demurring or Moving Party Regarding Meet and Confer (PDF, 240 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-08

Recent legislation added to and amended the Code of Civil Procedure to require a meet-and confer session before a party can file a motion to strike a pleading or a motion for judgment on the pleadings, and to provide for an automatic extension of time if the parties are unable to meet and confer within the time allowed. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes revising two optional forms, one to implement the meet-and-confer requirements and the other to be used to obtain an automatic 30-day extension of time to file a motion to strike a pleading or a motion for judgment on the pleadings when the parties were unable to meet before the due date of the motion.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Review of Denial of Request to Remove Name From Shared Gang Database (PDF, 336 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-09

Recent legislation amended statutes relating to criminal gang databases and the process that authorizes challenges to a law enforcement agency’s inclusion of a person in a shared gang database. The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes amending the rule of court and revising the Judicial Council form that address a petition for a superior court to review a law enforcement agency’s denial of a request for removal from a shared gang database to reflect this legislation.

Civil Forms: Confidential Information Form Under Civil Code Section 1708.85 (PDF, 207 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-10

The committee proposes revising Confidential Information Form Under Civil Code Section 1708.85 (form MC-125) to reflect recent amendments to California Civil Code section 1708.85. The amendments provide that the Judicial Council adopt or revise rules or forms to reflect the new law as appropriate by January 1, 2019.

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Limited Civil Cases and Unlawful Detainers (PDF, 265 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-11

This proposal from the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee would increase the jurisdictional amount of limited civil cases from $25,000 to $50,000 and would include unlawful detainer within that jurisdictional amount in all procedures applicable to limited civil cases, including mandatory expedited jury trials (EJTs). The proposal is based on the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System (Futures Commission).

Civil Form: Enforcement of Judgment Exemption (PDF, 771 KB)
Item Number: W18-02

Assembly Bill 688 (Calderon; Stats. 2017, ch. 529) amended Welfare and Institutions Code section 4880 to provide an exemption from enforcement of judgments for funds in special savings accounts for persons with disabilities. The amount exempted is $100,000. To assist court users and to help implement this legislation, the exemption must be added to Judicial Council forms that list exemptions to enforcement of judgments.

Civil Forms: Name Change and Gender Change Forms (PDF, 969 KB)
Item Number: W18-03

Senate Bill 179, recently signed into law by Governor Brown, includes several new and amended provisions that require revisions to the Judicial Council’s Name Change form series. The new law changes the process for seeking name changes to conform to gender (new Code Civ. Proc., §1277.5); changes the process for adults seeking recognition of a gender change, including by adding “nonbinary” as one of the genders that can be recognized (amended Health & Saf. Code, §§ 103425 and 103430(a)–(b)); and adds a new process for minors seeking recognition of gender changes (new Health & Saf. Code, § 103430(e)). In addition, Senate Bill 310 eliminates the prohibition on name changes for persons under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (those in state prison or on parole) and those in county jail, while at the same time adding a service requirement for such petitions. The relevant portions of both new laws will go into effect September 1, 2018. This proposal is to amend, revise, or revoke various Judicial Council forms effective that same date to reflect the statutory changes.

Civil Practice and Procedure: Request for Entry of Default (PDF, 210 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-07

Civil Practice and Procedure: Writ of Execution (PDF, 279 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-08

Civil Practice and Procedure: Denial of Request to Remove Name From Shared Gang Database (PDF, 377 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-26

Protective Orders: Response and Firearms Relinquishment Exemption (PDF, 431 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-23

Protective Orders: Requests for Immediate Orders (PDF, 320 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-24

Protective Orders: Modification and Termination (PDF, 413 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-22

Civil Practice and Procedure: Request for Entry of Default (PDF, 181 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-07

Small Claims: Plaintiff’s Claim and Information Forms (PDF, 248 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-08

Civil Practice and Procedure: Order of Examination (PDF, 648 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-09

Civil Practice and Procedure: Writ of Execution (PDF, 606 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-10

Forms: Declarations of Demurring Party Regarding Meet and Confer (PDF, 93 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-11

Civil Practice and Procedure: Revision of Wage Garnishment Form Instructions (PDF, 639 KB)
Item Number: W16-01

Civil Procedure: Expedited Jury Trials (PDF, 765 KB)
Item Number: W16-02

Civil Forms: Disability Access Litigation (PDF, 647 KB)
Item Number: W16-03

Timing of Electronic Service (PDF, 58 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-03

Small Claims Writs: New Procedures to Implement Code of Civil Procedure section 116.798 (PDF, 441 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-08

Civil Practice and Procedure: Evidentiary Objections in Summary Judgment Proceedings (PDF, 691 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-09

Civil Cases: Continued Suspension of Case Management Rule (PDF, 125 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-10

Civil Forms: Proof of Service (PDF, 621 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-11

Telephone Appearances: Notice for Ex Parte Appearances and Notice Form (PDF, 125 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-12

Civil Forms: Gun Violence Restraining Orders (PDF, 521 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-13

Civil Forms: Notice of Application for Recognition and Entry of Tribal Court Money Judgment (PDF, 218 KB)
Item Number: W15-01

Civil Forms: Confidential Information Form (PDF, 255 KB)
Item Number: W15-02

Court Interpreters: Request for Interpreter (PDF, 239 KB)
Item Number: W15-03

Fee Waivers: Payments Over Time and Fees Included in Initial Fee Waiver (PDF, 487 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-05

Telephone Appearances: Notice for Ex Parte Appearances and Notice Form (PDF, 197 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-06

CEQA Actions: Rules to Implement SB 743 (PDF, 197 KB)
Item Number: W14-02

Civil Forms: Name Change and Gender Change Petitions (PDF, 241 KB)
Item Number: W14-03

Restraining Orders: Update Forms to Reflect Recent Changes in the Law (PDF, 1289 KB)
Item Number: W14-04

Court Administration: Repeal Rules Mandating Use of Recycled Paper (PDF, 101 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-13

Civil Practice and Procedure: Clerk’s Addition of Interest to Judgments (PDF, 70 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-12

Civil Practice and Procedure: Discovery Motions (PDF, 72 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-11

Civil Practice and Procedure: Telephonic Appearances (PDF, 111 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-14

Telephone Appearances: Amendment of the Fee Amount (PDF, 112 KB)
Item Number: SP13-02

Expedited Proposal to Allow Suspension of Mandatory Case Management Rules During Fiscal Crisis (PDF, 88 KB)
Item Number: SP13-01

Civil Forms: Disability Access Litigation Forms for Attorney Advisory and New Alternative Evaluation Conference (PDF, 109 KB)
Item Number: W13-01

Civil Forms: Application for and Notice of Stay and Early Evaluation Conferences in Construction Related Accessibility Claims (PDF, 128 KB)
Item Number: W13-02

Civil Forms: Revision of Wage Garnishment Form Instructions (PDF, 104 KB)
Item Number: W13-03

Civil Forms: Memorandum of Garnishee (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: W13-04

Telephone Appearances: Statewide Uniform Fees (PDF, 101 KB)
Item Number: SP11-04

Small Claims: Form to Dismiss and Give Notice of Entry of Dismissal (PDF, 450 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-10

Small Claims: Forms to Address Default in Payment of Judgment in Installments (PDF, 443 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-11

Civil Practice and Procedure: Notice of Conditional Settlement (PDF, 78 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-12

Civil Trials: Voir Dire Rules of Court (PDF, 89 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-13

Discovery: New Form Interrogatories for Construction Litigation (PDF, 508 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-14

Civil Forms: Petitions for Recognition of Change of Gender (PDF, 410 KB)
Item Number: W12-03

Civil Forms: Wage Garnishment Forms Concerning Claims of Exemption (PDF, 331 KB)
Item Number: W12-04

Unlawful Detainer: Form to Be Used to Answer Unlawful Detainer Complaint (PDF, 103 KB)
Item Number: SP11-05

Civil Law: Proposed Clean-Up Legislation on the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (PDF, 189 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-01

Civil Practice and Procedure: Revisions to Request for Dismissal to Address Class Actions and Waived Court Fees (PDF, 417 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-15

Civil Practice and Procedure: Service of Double-Sided Papers (PDF, 139 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-16

Civil Cases: Vexatious Litigants Forms (PDF, 147 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-17

Small Claims: Forms to Request Dismissal and Give Notice of Entry of Dismissal (PDF, 379 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-18

Small Claims: Forms to Address Default in Payment of Judgment in Installments (PDF, 491 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-19

Civil Petitions: Adopt Rule and Forms for Expedited Hearings on Petitions for Relief from Financial Obligations During Active Military Service (PDF, 197 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-20

Civil Forms: Revision of Wage Garnishment Forms to Reflect Priority for Elder and Dependent Adult Financial Abuse Claims (PDF, 193 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-21

Civil Forms: Writ of Execution (PDF, 187 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-22

Civil Forms: Notice of Entry of Dismissal and Proof of Service (PDF, 148 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-23

Civil Trials: Proposed Consent Order for Expedited Jury Trials (PDF, 145 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-24

Civil Trials: Jury Questionnaire for Expedited Jury Trials (PDF, 127 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-25

Civil Law: Subpoena Forms for the Discovery and Production of Electronically Stored Information (PDF, 469 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-26

Protective Orders: Forms To Be Used in Proceedings to Prevent Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse, Private Postsecondary School Violence, and Workplace Violence (PDF, 7797 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-60

Protective Orders: Rule Changes to Reflect and Implement Recent Legislation (PDF, 258 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-61

Telephone Appearances: Statewide Uniform Fees (PDF, 92 KB)
Item Number: SP11-02

Civil Motions: Lodging of Copies of Authorities (PDF, 77 KB)
Item Number: W11-03

Civil Case Coordination: Submission of Assignment Order and Termination of Proceeding (PDF, 304 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-14

Civil Practice and Procedure: Response to Amended Complaint (PDF, 185 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-15

Civil Trials: Expedited Jury Trials (PDF, 211 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-16

Attorney's Fees: Time for Making a Claim in a Civil Case (PDF, 90 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-17

Civil Petitions: Forms for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificates (PDF, 286 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-18

Civil Motions: Lodging of Copies of Authorities (PDF, 99 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-19

Judicial Administration: Membership of the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee (PDF, 31 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-20

Civil Discovery: Deposition Subpoenas in Actions Pending Outside California (PDF, 147 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-12

Name Change: Confidential Name Change Rules and Forms (PDF, 194 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-13

Civil Forms: Attachment Forms, Financial Abuse of Elder or Dependent Adults (PDF, 162 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-14

Civil Forms: Notice of Intent to Appear by Telephone (PDF, 67 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-15

Administrative Record in CEQA Actions (PDF, 625 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-16

Statement of Decision (PDF, 384 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-17

Small Claims Plain-Language Forms (PDF, 1222 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-18

Civil: Fee Waiver Rules and Forms (PDF, 1889 KB)
Item Number: W09-01

Civil Form: Disability Access Litigation (PDF, 63 KB)
Item Number: W09-02

CEQA Actions: Form and Format of Administrative Record (PDF, 84 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-11

Civil: Motion to Be Relieved as Counsel (PDF, 65 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-12

Civil Form: Summons for Cross Complaint (PDF, 323 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-13

State Housing Law: Summons (PDF, 324 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-14

Civil Form: Notice of Entry of Judgment (PDF, 339 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-15

Civil Form: Request for Entry of Default and Request for Dismissal (PDF, 97 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-16

Trial Courts: Release of Court Records (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-17

Discovery: Geographic Limitations on Deposition Subpoenas (PDF, 362 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-18

Motions in Unlawful Detainers and Other Summary Proceedings Involving Possession of Real Property (PDF, 156 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-19

Civil Form: General Denial (PDF, 323 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-20

Civil: Proof of Service (PDF, 102 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-21

Small Claims: Proof of Service (PDF, 353 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-22

Civil Form: Claims of Exemption (PDF, 79 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-23

Civil: Case Management (PDF, 67 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-24

Civil Form: Case Management Conference Statement (PDF, 88 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-25

Alteration of Judicial Council Forms (PDF, 78 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-26

Court-Appointed Temporary Judges: Application of Rules to Retired Judicial Officers: and Evaluating the Performance of Temporary Judges (PDF, 71 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-27

Court-Appointed Temporary Judges: Recruitment, Selection, and Appointment of Temporary Judges (PDF, 75 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-28

Civil Pretrial Rules (PDF, 173 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-29

Class Actions: Entry of Judgment Following Final Approval of Settlement (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-30

Electronic Discovery: Legislation and rules (PDF, 178 KB)
Item Number: W08-01

Request and Order to File New Litigation by Vexatious Litigants (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-09

Small Claims Interpreter Instructions (PDF, 620 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-10

Interpreter's Duties (PDF, 98 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-14

Alteration of Judicial Council Forms (PDF, 241 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-15

Rules Modernization: Updating Antiquated References to "Attachés" in the California Rules of Court (PDF, 35 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-16

Offer to Compromise and Acceptance Under Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 (PDF, 90 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-17

Revised Format for Separate Statements in Support of and in Opposition to Motions for Summary Judgment (PDF, 70 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-18

Protecting Private Information in Public Court Documents (PDF, 105 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-19

Civil Discovery: Requests for Admissions (PDF, 106 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-20

Civil Discovery: Commission to Take Deposition Outside California (PDF, 122 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-21

Special Cycle: Civil Pretrial Rules (PDF, 186 KB)
Item Number: SP07-22

Special Cycle: Telephone Appearances in Civil Cases (PDF, 126 KB)
Item Number: SP07-23

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI19-02) (PDF, 460 KB)
Item Number: CACI19-02

The advisory committee prefers receiving comments in a Word file attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

You may also submit your comments via the electronic form link above.

You may also use this form, attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI19-01) (PDF, 1880 KB)
Item Number: CACI19-01

The advisory committee prefers receiving comments in a Word file attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

You may also submit your comments via the electronic form link above.

You may also use this form, attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI18-02) (PDF, 2005 KB)
Item Number: CACI18-02

The advisory committee prefers receiving comments in a Word file attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

You may also submit your comments via the electronic form link above.

You may also use this form, attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI18-01) (PDF, 2008 KB)
Item Number: CACI18-01

The advisory committee prefers receiving comments in a Word file attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

You may also submit your comments via the electronic form link above.

You may also use this form, attached to an e-mail addressed to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI17-02) (PDF, 1094 KB)
Item Number: CACI17-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI17-01) (PDF, 1916 KB)
Item Number: CACI17-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI16-02) (PDF, 1003 KB)
Item Number: CACI16-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI16-01) (PDF, 1663 KB)
Item Number: CACI16-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI15-02) (PDF, 1214 KB)
Item Number: CACI15-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI15-01) (PDF, 1147 KB)
Item Number: CACI15-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI14-02) (PDF, 1776 KB)
Item Number: CACI14-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI14-01) (PDF, 952 KB)
Item Number: CACI14-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI13-03) (PDF, 937 KB)
Item Number: CACI13-03

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI13-02) (Harris v. City of Santa Monica) (PDF, 837 KB)
Item Number: CACI13-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) Revisions (PDF, 1793 KB)
Item Number: CACI13-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (PDF, 1117 KB)
Item Number: CACI12-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) Revisions (PDF, 1270 KB)
Item Number: CACI 12-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) Revisions (PDF, 2359 KB)
Item Number: CACI 11-02

New and Revised Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (PDF, 866 KB)
Item Number: CACI 10-01

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) New and Revised Instructions (PDF, 2357 KB)
Item Number: CACI 11-01

Item Number:

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) Revisions (PDF, 1737 KB)
Item Number: CACI07-03

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (PDF, 504 KB)
Item Number: CACI07-02

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) - Winter 2007 Revisions (PDF, 931 KB)
Item Number: CACI07-01

Changes to California Civil Jury Instructions (PDF, 1380 KB)
Item Number: CACI08-01

New and Revised CACI Instructions (PDF, 2927 KB)
Item Number: CACI08-02

New and Revised Civil Jury Instructions (PDF, 1238 KB)
Item Number: CACI09-02

Proposals for Changes to Jury Instructions (PDF, 1386 KB)
Item Number: CACI 09-01

SP18-02 Proposed Amendment to Commentary Following Canon 2A of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 371 KB)
Item Number: SP18-02

SP18-03 Proposed Amendments to Canons 2C, 3B(5), 3B(6), 3C(1), and 3C(3) and the Commentary Following Canon 2C of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 471 KB)
Item Number: SP18-03

SP18-04 Proposed Amendments to Canon 3B(7)(a) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 272 KB)
Item Number: SP18-04

SP18-05 Proposed Amendment to Commentary Following Canon 3D(2) of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 368 KB)
Item Number: SP18-05

SP18-06 Proposed Amendments to Canon 4D(6) and 4D(7) of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 360 KB)
Item Number: SP18-06

SP18-07 Proposed Adoption of New Canon 4D(6)(i) of the Code of Judicial Ethics—“Nominal Gift” Exception (PDF, 393 KB)
Item Number: SP18-07

SP18-08 Proposed Amendments to Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 482 KB)
Item Number: SP18-08

Proposed Amendments to Canon 3E and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 47 KB)
Item Number: SP16-06

Proposed Amendments to Canon 5B(1)(b) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 38 KB)
Item Number: SP16-07

Proposed Amendments to Canon 4C(3)(d)(iii) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 46 KB)
Item Number: SP15-09

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics (committee) seeks comment on the proposed amendment of canon 4C(3)(d)(iii) and its commentary pertaining to personal solicitation by judges of membership in various organizations. After receiving and reviewing comments on this proposal, the committee will make a recommendation to the Supreme Court regarding the proposed amendments. The full text of the proposed amendments is attached.

Proposed Amendments to Canon 2C of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 87 KB)
Item Number: SP14-02

Proposed Amendments to Canon 3E(2) of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 123 KB)
Item Number: SP12-01

Proposed Amendments to the Terminology Section of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 116 KB)
Item Number: SP11-06

Proposed Amendments to Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 90 KB)
Item Number: SP11-07

Proposed Amendments to Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 226 KB)
Item Number: SP11-08

Proposed Amendments to Canon 4 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SP11-09

Proposed Amendments to Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 119 KB)
Item Number: SP11-10

Proposed Amendments to the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 361 KB)
Item Number: SP07-02, SP07-03, SP07-04, SP07-05, SP07-06, SP07-07, SP07-08

Conflicts of Interest for Judges With Administrative Responsibilities (PDF, 39 KB)
Item Number: SP08-04

Communications With Corrections Officials (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: SP08-03

Court Interpreters: California Court Interpreter Credential Review Procedures (PDF, 318 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-30

To implement Recommendation 64 in the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts adopted by the Judicial Council in January 2015, and to fulfill the legislative mandate to adopt standards and requirements for interpreter discipline, the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel proposes to (1) repeal California Rules of Court, rule 2.891, on periodic review of court interpreter skills and professional conduct, and adopt new rule 2.891; and (2) adopt the California Court Interpreter Credential Review Procedures. The new rule of court directs the courts to the credential review procedures, which establish a process for the Judicial Council, as the court interpreter credentialing body, through Legal Services office staff, to review allegations of professional misconduct or malfeasance against a California certified or registered court interpreter. Any adjudications would be conducted by the California Office of Administrative Hearings.

Court Interpreters: Noncertified and Nonregistered Spoken Language Interpreter Qualifications (PDF, 488 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-20

Language Access: Designation of Representative and Handling Complaints (PDF, 170 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-21

Revisions and Updates to INT Forms (PDF, 425 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-31

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Criminal Procedure: Vacatur Relief for Human Trafficking Victims, SPR19-15 (PDF, 317 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-15

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes adding standard 4.15 to the California Standards of Judicial Administration to provide guidance to judges and court administrators on procedures to implement vacatur relief under Penal Code section 236.14. Section 236.14 provides, in relevant part, for a petition process to vacate an arrest or conviction for a nonviolent offense while the petitioner was a victim of human trafficking, and for the sealing and destruction of the petitioner’s arrest records.

Criminal Procedure: Immigration Consequences Explanation on Plea Forms, SPR19-16 (PDF, 445 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-16

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee recommends amending the language in the immigration consequences sections of the two Judicial Council plea forms, Plea Form, With Explanations and Waiver of Rights—Felony (form CR-101) and Domestic Violence Plea Form With Waiver of Rights (form CR-102), to conform to the plain language of Penal Code section 1016.5.1 The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)2 suggested this change based on concerns that the current language in these forms contains inaccuracies.

Criminal Procedure: Interpreter’s Statements on Judicial Council Criminal Forms, SPR19-17 (PDF, 516 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-17

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee recommends removing a portion of the Interpreter’s Statement on three Judicial Council criminal forms to ensure that the statement accurately describes the role and responsibilities of interpreters. The committee also recommends adding the proposed Interpreter’s Statement to the form used by mentally disordered defendants to indicate whether the defendant is challenging the Penal Code section 1606 report recommending confinement or continued outpatient treatment, or is waiving that right.

Criminal Procedure: Diversion for Incompetent Defendants and Posttrial Hearings on Competency, SPR19-18 (PDF, 336 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-18

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee recommends amending rule 4.130 of the California Rules of Court relating to mental competency proceedings in criminal cases to incorporate changes due to Assembly Bill 1810 (Stats. 2018, ch. 34), a bill that significantly altered the statutory landscape for mental competency proceedings.

Criminal Procedure: Proof of Service in Record Clearing Requests, SPR19-19 (PDF, 497 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-19

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes a new optional form, Proof of Service (Criminal Record Clearing) (form CR-106) and an accompanying information sheet, Information on How to File a Proof of Service in Criminal Record Clearing Requests (form CR-106-INFO), for petitioners to use with requests for a court to review a criminal record for dismissal, vacatur, resentencing, reduction, sealing, or other record clearing remedies.

Criminal Procedure: Petition for Resentencing (Military), SPR19-20 (PDF, 358 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-20

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee recommends a new optional form, Petition for Resentencing Based on Health Conditions From Military Service Listed in Penal Code Section 1170.91(b) (form CR-412/MIL-412), for petitions for resentencing under Assembly Bill 865 (Stats. 2018, ch. 523). The legislation allows veterans to benefit retroactively from the passage of Penal Code section 1170.91, which permits a judge to consider enumerated conditions (sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems) that have resulted from military service as a mitigating factor at sentencing.

Criminal Procedure: Motion and Order to Vacate Conviction or Sentence, SPR19-21 (PDF, 396 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-21

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes revision of two optional forms, Motion to Vacate Conviction or Sentence (form CR-187) and Order on Motion to Vacate Conviction or Sentence (form CR-188), in response to recent legislation (Assembly Bill 2867) that clarifies the timing and procedural requirements of Penal Code section 1473.7 for vacating a conviction or a sentence based on prejudicial error related to immigration conseq

Criminal Procedure: Invitation to Comment - SP18 - 23 (PDF, 645 KB)
Item Number: SP18 - 23

Notice: Referendum 1856 (18-0009), Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law That Replaced Money Bail System with a System Based on Public Safety Risk, qualified for the November 2020 ballot, after being certified by the Secretary of State on January 16, 2019. Qualification of the referendum has the effect of staying SB 10. At this time, the Judicial Council of California has suspended implementation of the legislation, including adoption of California Rules of Court. If you have specific questions, please contact the council’s Criminal Justice Services office: crimjusticeoffice@jud.ca.gov

Criminal Procedure: Proper Use of Pretrial Risk Assessment Information; Review and Release Standards for Pretrial Assessment Services for Persons Assessed as Medium Risk

Item Number: SP18-23

Summary: The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes adoption of two new California Rules of Court: rule 4.10, which sets forth the proper use of pretrial risk assessment information, and rule 4.40, which addresses review and release standards for Pretrial Assessment Services for persons assessed as medium risk. These proposed rules are intended to fulfill the Judicial Council’s obligation under Penal Code section 1320.24(a) to adopt rules and forms, as needed, to implement specific elements of Senate Bill 10.

Deadline to submit comments: Review and submit comments by December 14, 2018

Appellate Procedure: Appeals from Superior Court Decisions in Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 417 KB)
Item Number: SP18-21

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing amendments to an existing rule relating to appeals from decisions in habeas corpus proceedings and the adoption of several new rules and a form specifically addressing appeals from superior court decisions on death penalty–related habeas corpus petitions. These proposed rules and the form are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by establishing procedures for this new type of appeal.

Criminal Procedure: Superior Court Procedures for Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 843 KB)
Item Number: sp18-22

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of six new rules of court relating to superior court procedures for death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rules are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by establishing procedures for the superior courts’ new responsibility for this type of proceeding.  

Criminal Procedure: Multicounty Incarceration and Supervision (PDF, 176 KB)
Item Number: SP18-19

Senate Bill 670 (Jackson; Stats. 2017, ch. 287) amended Penal Code section 1170(h),1 effective January 1, 2018, to require courts to determine the county or counties of incarceration and supervision for defendants when imposing judgments concurrent or consecutive to another judgment or judgments previously imposed under section 1170(h) in another county or counties. SB 670 also amended section 1170.3, to require the Judicial Council to adopt rules of court providing criteria for trial judges to consider at the time of sentencing when determining the county or counties of incarceration and supervision. This proposal would implement section 1170.3 by amending California Rules of Court, rule 4.452, to guide the second or subsequent court when determining the county or counties of supervision. The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes amendments to rule 4.452 to make it consistent with statutory changes and to incorporate further substantive changes suggested by commenters when this proposal circulated previously.

Rules and Forms: Qualification of Counsel for Appointment in Death Penalty Appeals and Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 602 KB)
Item Number: SP18-12

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing amendments to the rule relating to the qualifications of counsel in death penalty appeals and habeas corpus proceedings, including moving to a new rule the provisions regarding the qualifications of counsel in death penalty– related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rule changes are intended to fulfill the Judicial Council’s obligation under Proposition 66 to reevaluate the competency standards for the appointment of counsel in death penalty direct appeals and habeas corpus proceedings

Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Superior Court Appointment of Counsel in Death Penalty–Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings (PDF, 894 KB)
Item Number: SP18-13

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of two new rules and two new forms relating to the superior court appointment of counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings. These proposed rules and forms are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rule-making obligations under Proposition 66 by providing procedures for superior courts to determine if an attorney meets the minimum qualifications for counsel in death penalty–related habeas corpus proceedings and to appoint such counsel for indigent persons subject to a judgment of death.

Criminal and Appellate Procedure: Record Preparation in Death Penalty Cases (PDF, 1095 KB)
Item Number: SP18-11

The Proposition 66 Rules Working Group is proposing the adoption of several new rules and amendments to several existing rules relating to preparation of the record on appeal in death penalty cases. The working group is also proposing the adoption of two new mandatory forms and the approval of four new optional forms designed to assist in the record preparation process. These proposed rules and forms are intended to partially fulfill the Judicial Council’s rulemaking obligations under Proposition 66 by making the record preparation process in death penalty cases more efficient.

Criminal Procedure: Multicounty Incarceration and Supervision (PDF, 122 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-12

Senate Bill 670 (Jackson; Stats. 2017, ch. 287) amended Penal Code section 1170(h),1 effective January 1, 2018, requiring courts to determine the county or counties of incarceration and supervision for defendants when imposing judgments concurrent or consecutive to another judgment or judgments previously imposed under section 1170(h) in another county or counties. SB 670 also amended section 1170.3, requiring the Judicial Council to adopt rules of court providing criteria for the consideration of trial judges at the time of sentencing when determining the county or counties of incarceration and supervision. This proposal would implement section 1170.3 by amending California Rules of Court, rule 4.452 to guide the second or subsequent court when determining the county or counties of supervision.

Criminal Procedure: Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF, 191 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-13

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes revisions to the Judicial Council form used by non-capital petitioners to petition for a writ of habeas corpus. This proposal would update the instructions regarding filing in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal to reflect amendments to the appellate rules; replace or add authority that is more recent or more on point for the propositions they support; add language relevant to successive petitions and repetitive claims in item 12 to include the court in which the petition is filed; and add citations as authority for the procedural bars of successiveness and repetitiveness. These changes are in response to a request from members of the California Supreme Court’s Central Criminal Staff.

Criminal Justice Realignment: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 363 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-14

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes revisions to two Judicial Council forms in response to recent legislation that authorizes dismissal relief for defendants sentenced to state prison for a felony that, if committed after the 2011 Realignment legislation, would have been eligible for sentencing to a county jail under Penal Code section 1170(h)(5). The proposed revisions would incorporate the new statutory basis for relief on both forms.

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order to Vacate Arrest or Conviction (Human Trafficking Victim) (PDF, 351 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-15

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes two new optional forms, Petition to Vacate Arrest or Conviction (Human Trafficking Victim) (form CR-407) and Order to Vacate Arrest or Conviction (Human Trafficking Victim) (form CR-408) in response to recent legislation1 that establishes a petition process under Penal Code section 236.14 to vacate a conviction or adjudication for a person who has been arrested for, convicted of, or adjudicated a ward of the juvenile court for committing a nonviolent offense while he or she was a victim of human trafficking, and for the sealing and destruction of the petitioner’s arrest and court records.

Criminal Procedure: Confidentiality of Court-Appointed Experts’ Reports in Mental Competency Proceedings (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-16

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes amending the California rule of court relating to mental competency proceedings in criminal cases. This proposal would amend the rule to make court-appointed experts’ reports on a criminal defendant’s competency to stand trial presumptively confidential, while also including procedures for interested parties to request access to the experts’ reports. The proposal was suggested by a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

Criminal Procedure: Determination of Probable Cause Under Penal Code section 1368.1(a)(2) (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-17

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes the adoption of a California rule of court relating to determinations of probable cause under Penal Code section 1368.1(a)(2). Senate Bill 684 (Bates; Stats. 2017, ch. 246), effective January 1, 2018, amended Penal Code section 1368.1(a)(2) to allow a prosecuting attorney to request a probable cause determination for a defendant who is incompetent to stand trial, if the complaint charges specified offenses and the probable cause determination is sought “solely for the purpose of establishing the defendant is gravely disabled” under Welfare and Institutions Code section 5008(h)(1)(B), commonly referred to as a Murphy conservatorship.

Criminal Procedure: Judicial Council Forms for a Dismissal of a Conviction of a Violation of Penal Code Section 647f (PDF, 151 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-18

Senate Bill 239 (Weiner; Stats. 2017, ch. 537), effective January 1, 2018, invalidates convictions for violations of Penal Code section 647f (felony prostitution) and adds section 1170.22 to the Penal Code, which outlines a petition and application process for the dismissal of section 647f convictions. The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes two optional forms to be used for petitioners/applicants to request the court for relief under Penal Code section 1170.22. Penal Code section 1170.22(i) specifically instructs the Judicial Council to “promulgate and make available all necessary forms to enable the filing of petitions and applications provided in this section.”

Criminal Procedure: Petition to Seal Arrest and Related Records (PDF, 242 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-19

Senate Bill 393 (Lara; Stats. 2017, ch. 680), effective January 1, 2018, added section 851.91 to the Penal Code, which outlines how an individual who suffered an arrest that did not lead to a conviction can file a petition to have the arrest and related records sealed. The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes the development of a petition to seal arrests as directed by Penal Code section 851.91(b)(3), which requires the Judicial Council to furnish forms.

Criminal Procedure: Felony Waiver and Plea Form (PDF, 1556 KB)
Item Number: W18-04

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes revisions to the Judicial Council Plea Form with Explanations and Waiver of Rights—Felony (form CR-101) in response to recent case law that provided guidance regarding trial courts’ determinations whether jury trial waivers were  knowing, intelligent, and voluntary and the information that must be conveyed to defendants to make these determinations. In conjunction with other proposed revisions to form CR-101 that had circulated for public comment, the proposed revisions regarding jury trial waiver were approved by the Judicial Council effective January 1, 2018, without a prior period of public comment but with Judicial Council direction that the committee circulate the proposed jury trial waiver revisions for public comment in the winter 2018 cycle.

Criminal Procedure: Judicial Council Form Under Proposition 63 (PDF, 275 KB)
Item Number: SP17-03

Civil Practice and Procedure: Denial of Request to Remove Name From Shared Gang Database (PDF, 377 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-26

Criminal Law: Felony Sentencing (PDF, 372 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-09

Criminal Procedure: Court-Appointed Expert’s Report in Mental Competency Proceedings (PDF, 155 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-10

Criminal Procedure: Motion and Order to Vacate Conviction or Sentence (PDF, 821 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-11

Criminal Procedure: Felony Waiver and Plea Form (PDF, 908 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-12

Criminal Procedure: Use of Risk/Needs Assessments at Sentencing (PDF, 374 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-27

Criminal Procedure and Juvenile Law: Judicial Council Forms Under Proposition 64 (PDF, 208 KB)
Item Number: W17-01

Criminal Procedure: Transfer Back to Receiving Court for Limited Purpose after Intercounty Transfer (PDF, 41 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-06

Criminal Procedure: Pre-Arraignment Own Recognizance Release Under Court-Operated or Approved Pretrial Programs (PDF, 49 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-05

Criminal Procedure: Multiple County Sentencing Under Penal Code Section 1170(h) (PDF, 47 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-04

Criminal Procedure: Application of Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6(a) and (b) to Criminal Actions (PDF, 41 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-03

Criminal Procedure: Intercounty Probation and Mandatory Supervision Transfer (PDF, 431 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-12

Criminal Law: Criminal Realignment and Military Service (PDF, 178 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-13

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order for Dismissal—Deferred Entry of Judgment (PDF, 239 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-14

Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Infraction Procedures Regarding Bail, Fines, and Assessments (PDF, 92 KB)
Item Number: SP16-02

Criminal and Traffic Procedure: Appearance in Court for Infractions Without Deposit of Bail (PDF, 72 KB)
Item Number: SP15-06

Criminal Justice Realignment: Court jurisdiction over supervision revocation; calculation of time during supervision revocation (PDF, 66 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-01

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 120 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-14

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order for Dismissal (Military Personnel) (PDF, 154 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-15

Criminal Justice Realignment: Imposition of Mandatory Supervision (PDF, 99 KB)
Item Number: SP14-08

Criminal Justice Realignment: Petitions for Revocation of Supervision (PDF, 164 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-07

Criminal Justice Realignment: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 283 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-08

Criminal Procedure: Criminal Protective Order Forms (PDF, 968 KB)
Item Number: W14-05

Criminal Justice Realignment: Petitions for Revocation (PDF, 140 KB)
Item Number: SP13-06

Criminal Justice Realignment: Warrants for Supervised Persons (PDF, 72 KB)
Item Number: SP13-04

Juvenile Law and Criminal Law: Order for Restitution and Abstract of Judgment (PDF, 392 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-29

Criminal Cases: Encouraging Local Mental Health Protocols and Adding Stakeholders to Currently Mandated Meetings (PDF, 99 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-16

Proposed Legislation: Criminal Procedure: Intercounty Probation Case Transfers (PDF, 62 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-01

Proposed Legislation: Criminal Procedure: Misdemeanor Contempt by Jurors (PDF, 62 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-02

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 131 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-15

Criminal Justice Realignment: Minimum Contents of Parole Revocation Reports (PDF, 132 KB)
Item Number: W13-06

Criminal Justice Realignment: Procedure to Revoke Postrelease Community Supervision (PDF, 443 KB)
Item Number: SP12-07

Criminal Justice Realignment: Intercounty Transfer Procedures (PDF, 168 KB)
Item Number: SP12-08

Criminal Justice Realignment: Felony Waiver and Plea Form (PDF, 196 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-15

Criminal Procedure: Transcripts of Notification of Appeal Rights (PDF, 78 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-16

Criminal Justice Realignment: Abstract of Judgment Forms (PDF, 414 KB)
Item Number: W12-05

Criminal Justice Realignment: Postrelease Supervision Revocation Procedure (PDF, 72 KB)
Item Number: SP11-14

Criminal Procedure: Abstract of Judgment Forms (PDF, 742 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-28

Criminal Procedure: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 476 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-29

Criminal Procedure: Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus (PDF, 416 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-30

Criminal Procedure: Criminal Protective Orders (PDF, 555 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-31

Criminal Procedure: Intercounty Probation Transfer Forms (PDF, 609 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-32

Criminal Procedure: Intercounty Probation Transfer Rule (PDF, 407 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-33

Criminal Procedure: Sentencing on Revocation of Probation (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-23

Criminal Procedure: Imposition of Enhancements (PDF, 74 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-24

Criminal Procedure: Application of Penal Code Section 654 (PDF, 73 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-25

Criminal Law: Intercounty Probation Case Transfer (PDF, 387 KB)
Item Number: W10-05

Criminal Cases: New Advisory Committee Comment to rule regarding jury voir dire (PDF, 47 KB)
Item Number: SP07-21

Criminal Cases: Rules for Felony Sentencing in light of Senate Bill 40 (PDF, 227 KB)
Item Number: SP07-20

Criminal Cases: Rules for Continuances and Calendar Management (PDF, 315 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-36

Criminal Protective Order-Domestic Violence, Criminal Protective Order-Other Than Domestic Violence, and Notice of Termination of Protective Order in Criminal Proceedings (CLETS) (PDF, 203 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-36

Criminal Law: Petition and Order for Expungement (PDF, 363 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-35

Criminal and Juvenile Law: DNA Expungement Forms (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-34

Criminal Cases: Petitions for Writ of Habeas Corpus (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-33

Criminal and Juvenile Law: Subpoena Standby Agreement (PDF, 330 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-25

Criminal Law: Felony Plea Form (PDF, 411 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-24

Criminal Law: Petition and Order for Dismissal (PDF, 351 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-23

Criminal Law: Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus (PDF, 409 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-22

Criminal Law: Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Plea Form (PDF, 79 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-21

Criminal Law: Deadlines for Filing Pretrial Motions (PDF, 322 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-20

Criminal Law: Felony Notice of Appeal (PDF, 374 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-19

Criminal Jury Instructions - CALCRIM 2018-02 (PDF, 1247 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM-2018-02

Criminal Jury Instructions - CALCRIM 2018-01 (PDF, 1316 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2018-01

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) (PDF, 6695 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM-2017-11

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) (PDF, 1145 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM-17-06

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions - CALCRIM 2016-02 (PDF, 771 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2016-02

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions - CALCRIM 2016-01 (PDF, 1294 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2016-01

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 519 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2015-02

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 749 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM S2015

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 1421 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2014

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 447 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2014-05

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 1095 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2013-07

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 1197 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2013-06

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 647 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2012-11

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 472 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2012-06

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 602 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 11-02

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 658 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 11-01

December 2009 Release for Public Comment (PDF, 633 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 12-09

Civil Forms: Disability Access Litigation (PDF, 647 KB)
Item Number: W16-03

Draft Revision of Prioritization Methodology for Trial CourtCapital-Outlay Projects (PDF, 1146 KB)
Item Number: CFAC18-01

The Court Facilities Advisory Committee welcomes comments on the draft Revision of Prioritization Methodology for Trial Court Capital-Outlay Projects. This draft is proposed to revise the Judicial Council’s current policy per legislative mandate for the council to reassess and reprioritize its unfunded capital projects. The 2018 Budget Act’s trailer bill language requires that the Judicial Council develop/submit a new Trial Court Capital-Outlay Plan to the legislature by December 31, 2019.

Court Facilities Working Group Draft Recommendations (PDF, 12 KB)
Item Number: OCCM12-03

Court Facilities Working Group Draft Recommendations (PDF, 11 KB)
Item Number: OCCM12-02

Court Facilities Working Group Process and Criteria for Selecting SB 1407 Projects to Move Forward (PDF, 102 KB)
Item Number: OCCM12-01

California Trial Court Facilities Standards 2011 (PDF, 13207 KB)
Item Number: OCCM 11-02

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Implementation of AB 3176 for Indian Children, SPR19-42 (PDF, 1727 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-42

The Tribal Court–State Court Forum (forum) and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommend adopting a new rule of court, amending several other California Rules of Court, and revising several forms for Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and juvenile court dependency proceedings to comply with statutory changes in Assembly Bill 3176 (Waldron; Stats. 2018, ch. 833) as well as changes to governing federal regulations and guidelines. The proposal also addresses technical amendments and corrections, and responds to several appellate court decisions regarding ICWA rules and forms.

Juvenile Law: Legal Accuracy of Forms, SPR19-22 (PDF, 293 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-22

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends revising three forms to comply with recent statutory changes reforming juvenile justice and out-of-home case processes:

  • Form JV-618, to comply with Senate Bill 190 (Mitchell; Stats. 2017, ch. 678), which rescinded the requirement that the family of a child who has been declared a delinquent ward pay certain fees associated with probation conditions and out of home placement of a child;
  • Form JV-364, the dependency dismissal form, to include the necessary title IV-E findings.
  • Form JV-180, to comply with permanency goals established by Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), to include a check box for resumption of reunification services

Juvenile Law: Out-of-County Placements, SPR19-23 (PDF, 895 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-23

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends amending one rule and revising one form, to conform to recent statutory changes regarding (1) the circumstances that allow waiving the requirement for notice of the child welfare agency’s intent to place a child out of county; and (2) the time frame for notice of, and objection to, the agency’s intent to move a foster child to a different county, if that child is transitioning from a temporary placement facility.

Juvenile Law: Competency, SPR19-24 (PDF, 157 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-24

The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommend amending and renumbering one rule, and amending one rule, to conform to recent statutory changes regarding a minor who is the subject of a petition filed under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 601 or 602, when the court has a doubt as to the minor’s competency to understand the court proceedings.

Juvenile Law: Transfer of Jurisdiction to Criminal Court, SPR19-25 (PDF, 378 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-25

Recent changes in the law on the transfer of jurisdiction to a criminal court for children 14 and 15 years of age require rule and form changes to be consistent with the new provisions. Senate Bill 1391 (Lara; Stats. 2018, ch. 1012) amends Welfare and Institutions Code section 707 to provide that a child must be at least 16 years of age to be considered for transfer of jurisdiction to criminal court unless the individual for whom transfer is sought was 14 or 15 at the time of the offense, the offense is listed in section 707(b), and the individual was not apprehended until after the end of juvenile court jurisdiction. To implement these age-related changes in the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending three rules of court and one form pertaining to the transfer-of-jurisdiction process and an informational form to reflect the new provisions.

Juvenile Law: Sealing of Records, SPR19-26 (PDF, 257 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-26

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending one rule of court and revising one information form so that they conform to recently enacted statutory provisions concerning the sealing of juvenile records. The proposal would update the recently adopted rule and form, which implement sealing of records for cases sealed under Welfare and Institutions Code section 786 to include changes to that section that went into effect on January 1, 2019.

Family Law: Rule and Forms for Minor to Marry or Establish a Domestic Partnership, SPR19-27 (PDF, 338 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-27

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes adopting a new rule, approving a new form, and revising two forms to implement the requirements of Senate Bill 273 (Hill; Stats. 2018, ch. 660) relating to minors who seek a court order to marry, establish a domestic partnership, or both.

Family Law: Changes to Continuance Rules and Forms, SPR19-28 (PDF, 942 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-28

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes changes to four rules of court and three forms, and the adoption of one new rule of court and two new forms and an information sheet to implement new procedures for rescheduling (continuing) a hearing in family court. The new procedures would (1) respond to the concerns raised by court professionals following the September 1, 2017, publication of the amended rule and revised forms relating to continuing hearings in family court, and (2) specify when a party can and cannot file a request to reschedule a hearing without first notifying and serving the other party.

Family Law: Certification of Statewide Uniform Guideline Support Calculators, SPR19-29 (PDF, 279 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-29

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending California Rules of Court, rule 5.275, to require guideline child support calculators to display the low-income adjustment range on the first page of the calculator results printout, if applicable per Family Code section 4055(b)(7), and to delete the requirement to submit an application form and fee for certification.

Family Law: Duty of Judge Hearing Matter Under Family Code Sections 4521(a), 4252(b)(7), SPR19-30 (PDF, 284 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-30

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amendments to rule 5.305(b) governing the circumstances under which a judge may hear a title IV-D matter when exceptional circumstances prevent a child support commissioner from doing so. The amendments would more clearly define the roles of the judge and the court at the hearing, as authorized in the Family Code.

Family Law: Registration of Support Order, SPR19-31 (PDF, 1998 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-31

Origin The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes a new form, Request for Hearing Regarding Registration of California Support Order (form FL-445), and revisions to Notice of Registration of Out-of-State Support Order (form FL-570) and Request for Hearing Regarding Registration of Support Order (form FL-575) to make the forms suitable for use by all parties to the action and to correct inadvertent omissions.

Family Law: Changes to Parentage Rules and Forms, SPR19-32 (PDF, 5351 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-32

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending rules 5.350 and 5.635 and revising forms FL-100, FL-120, FL-170, FL-200, FL-220, FL-230, FL-235, FL-250, FL-260, FL-270, FL-272, FL-273, FL-274, FL-276, FL-278, FL-280, FL-281, FL-285, FL-290, FL-300-INFO, FL-600, FL-610, FL-615, FL-686, and FL-694. The revisions are necessary to comply with amendments to the Family Code made by Assembly Bill 2684 (Bloom; Stats. 2018, ch. 876) that replaced the word “paternity” with “parentage” and made statutes gender neutral when possible.

Family Law: Legislative Addition of New Category of Child Custody Evaluator, SPR19-33 (PDF, 970 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-33

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes to amend rule 5.225 of the California Rules of Court and two Judicial Council forms, FL-325 and FL-326, for use in family law custody proceedings. Changes are needed to conform to new legislation, Assembly Bill 2296 (Stats. 2018, ch. 389), which adds to Family Code section 3110.5(c)(5) an additional category of licensed child custody evaluator to those qualified to provide court-connected and private child custody evaluations.

Juvenile Law: Guardianship Information - W19 - 07 (PDF, 1197 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 07

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes revising one form and revising and renumbering another form to update legal information for prospective guardians of children in juvenile court proceedings, in language and a format easily understood by a person not trained in law. The proposal is needed to comply with an ongoing statutory mandate. Revisions were suggested both informally and through the spring 2018 comment cycle by child welfare departments, county counsel’s offices, juvenile courts, and the Judicial Council’s Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Family Law: Changes to Continuance Rule and Forms (PDF, 1075 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-20

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes changes to one rule of court and three forms relating to the procedure for continuing a hearing as described in that rule. In addition, the committee proposes two new information sheets—one that explains the process associated with form FL-306 and another that describes the options for rescheduling a hearing. The changes are intended to respond to the concerns raised by courts that form FL-306, revised effective September 1, 2017, is not being used by attorneys and parties for the limited purpose intended by the Judicial Council and to provide general information to litigants about rescheduling hearings.

Family Law: Income and Expense Declaration (PDF, 794 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-21

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends making time-sensitive revisions to Income and Expense Declaration (form FL-150) to implement the recent changes to the tax treatment of alimony (spousal support) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, which becomes effective January 1, 2019. In addition, the committee recommends changes to update the reference to a military housing allowance acronym which may lead to confusion. The committee is considering proposing more substantial revisions to the FL-150 in the future and welcomes additional suggestions for the form.

Family Law: Transfer of Jurisdiction (PDF, 81 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-22

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes the adoption of a new rule of court to implement the requirements of Assembly Bill 712 (Bloom; Stats. 2017, ch. 316). The legislation requires the council to adopt a rule of court to establish time frames for the transfer and receipt of jurisdiction over family law actions.

Juvenile Law: Decriminalization of Convictions Under Penal Code Section 647f (PDF, 792 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-23

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes approving two new forms to comply with Senate Bill 239 (Wiener; Stats. 2017, ch. 537), which decriminalizes convictions based on Penal Code section 647f and requires the Judicial Council to promulgate forms to implement the legislation. The proposed forms would allow those who are eligible for relief to request that their Penal Code 647f conviction be vacated and dismissed, and that they be resentenced, if appropriate.

Juvenile Law: Vacatur of Convictions Related to Human Trafficking and Preservation of Extended Foster Care Eligibility (PDF, 1186 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-24

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending three rules and adopting one new rule of the California Rules of Court, revising eight Judicial Council forms, and approving two new Judicial Council forms to implement Assembly Bill 604 (Gipson; Stats. 2017, ch. 707), which clarified that extended foster care benefits are available to young people who have adjudications that are eligible for vacatur pursuant to Penal Code section 236.14. The committee further proposes revising form JV-462 to include certain changes necessitated by recent legislation. The committee also proposes making a technical change to form JV-462, and revising form JV-367 to reflect how the form is typically used. Finally, the committee proposes amending rules 5.903 and 5.906 to clarify who may attend status review hearings for former wards who have become nonminor dependents.

Juvenile Law: Electronic Filing and Service in Juvenile Court Matters (Implementation of AB 976) (PDF, 462 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-25

To implement Assembly Bill 976 (Stats. 2017, ch. 319), the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending 15 of the California Rules of Court, adopting one new rule, and revising seven Judicial Council forms. Assembly Bill 976 authorizes electronic filing and service in juvenile matters, pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6. The bill extends the ability to conduct electronic filing and service to all juvenile matters, with some important exceptions and conditions designed to protect the confidential information of minors and to preserve paper notice of specified proceedings. The bill also requires affirmative consent to electronic service for unrepresented parties as of January 1, 2019. These legal changes require the modifications to rules and forms proposed in the Invitation to comment.

Juvenile Law: School Notification of Delinquency Court Adjudication (PDF, 227 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-26

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes revising Judicial Council form JV-690 to provide clarity and conformity with Welfare and Institutions Code section 827(b) on what information is disseminated to a school when a child has committed certain criminal offenses.1 The current form contains inaccuracies in the listed offenses and has been reported as confusing in terms of whether only the offenses on the form can be communicated to the school. The proposed changes reflect closely the language of section 827(b) and give the court the option to indicate the specific code section of the offense that was adjudicated. In addition, it is proposed that the form be revised to include more specific information for the school on how the form may be disseminated, to enhance confidentiality and help avoid situations in which the form is disseminated incorrectly. Finally, the committee recommends removing offenses from the form that are no longer eligible as felonies or misdemeanors.

Juvenile Law: Dependency Hearings—Continued Condensing of the Rules of Court (PDF, 230 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-27

In title 5 of the California Rules of Court, the rules that provide the procedures to be followed during dependency court hearings from the initiation of the case through each of the status review hearings repeat statutory text, which makes the rules more cumbersome and necessitates frequent amendments whenever the underlying statutes are amended. During the 2017 legislative session, four bills were enacted that require amendments to the existing rules of court. This proposal would delete some of these unnecessary sections in the rules or replace them with references to the relevant code sections to enhance the brevity and accuracy of the rules.

Juvenile Law: Intercounty Placements (PDF, 828 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-28

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends amending one rule and repealing and adopting one rule of the California Rules of Court, and approving two forms, to conform to recent statutory changes regarding who a child welfare agency must notice when moving a foster child to a different county.

Juvenile Law: Guardianship Information (PDF, 819 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-29

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes revising two forms to update legal information covering the establishment, supervision, modification, and termination of guardianships in juvenile court proceedings in language and a format easily understood by a person not trained in law. The proposal is needed to comply with an ongoing statutory mandate. Revisions were also suggested by child welfare departments, county counsel’s offices, juvenile courts, and the Judicial Council’s Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee.

Juvenile Delinquency: Information for Parents (PDF, 923 KB)
Item Number: W18-05

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends revising three Judicial Council forms to inform parents whose children are the subject of juvenile court wardship proceedings about recent changes to the law that affect their rights and the rights of those children.

Juvenile Law: Sealing of and Access to Records (PDF, 369 KB)
Item Number: W18-06

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes new and amended rules and new and revised forms to conform to recently enacted statutory provisions concerning the sealing of juvenile records. The proposal would update recently adopted rules and forms to implement sealing of records under Welfare and Institutions Code section 7861 to include changes to that section that go into effect on January 1, 2018; modify forms to reflect the authority of the court to seal records for section 707(b) offenses; and adopt a new rule and optional form for use by probation to seal records under newly enacted section 786.5.

Juvenile Law: Presumptive Transfer of Specialty Mental Health Services (PDF, 1012 KB)
Item Number: W18-07

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes the adoption of two California Rules of Court and four juvenile law (JV) forms, including an information sheet. These rules and forms implement a procedural framework for a juvenile court review hearing created by recent legislation involving foster children’s access to specialty mental health services under federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment services. When a foster child or nonminor is moved to a different county, the responsibility for providing and arranging for specialty mental health services is presumptively transferred to the new county unless certain exceptions apply. Assembly Bill 1299 (Ridley-Thomas; Stats. 2016, ch. 603), provides certain individuals the right to request a hearing to challenge a placing agency’s determination regarding that transfer. The proposed rules and forms are intended to provide procedural clarity for this unique hearing. The committee also recommends renumbering a JV form to keep the JV forms related to this proposal in sequential order with forms related to the administration of a foster child’s psychotropic medications.

Review of Statewide Uniform Child Support Guideline 2017 (PDF, 10182 KB)
Item Number: SP17-05

Civil Practice and Procedure: Denial of Request to Remove Name From Shared Gang Database (PDF, 377 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-26

Juvenile Law: Title IV-E Findings and Orders (PDF, 2052 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-13

Juvenile Law: Court Appointed Special Advocate (PDF, 245 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-14

Juvenile Law: Psychotropic Medication (PDF, 1156 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-15

Indian Child Welfare Act: Amend Rule 5.552 to Allow Indian Child’s Tribe Access to Court Records Consistent with Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827 (PDF, 224 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-16

Family Law & Juvenile Law: Stepparent Adoption and Contact After Adoption Revisions and Amendments (PDF, 951 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-17

Family Law: Transfers of Title IV-D Child Support Cases Between State and Tribal Court (PDF, 189 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-18

Family Law: Summary Dissolution Forms (PDF, 164 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-19

Criminal Procedure and Juvenile Law: Judicial Council Forms Under Proposition 64 (PDF, 208 KB)
Item Number: W17-01

Juvenile Law: Implementation of Proposition 57, the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 (PDF, 769 KB)
Item Number: W17-02

Juvenile Law: Commitment to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (PDF, 188 KB)
Item Number: W17-03

Juvenile Law: Sealing of Records (PDF, 666 KB)
Item Number: W17-04

Family Law: Simplifying Limited Scope Representation (PDF, 749 KB)
Item Number: W17-05

Family Law: Request to Continue Hearing and Declaration Regarding Notice of Request for Temporary Emergency Orders (PDF, 636 KB)
Item Number: W17-06

Juvenile Law: Electronic Filing and Service in Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 126 KB)
Item Number: LEg16-08

Child Support: Statutory Relief for Incarcerated/Involuntarily Institutionalized Obligors (PDF, 476 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-16

Family Law: Child Support Forms; Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (PDF, 939 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-17

Family Law: Simplifying Limited Scope Representation Procedures (PDF, 694 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-18

Juvenile Law: Termination of Jurisdiction Over Nonminor (PDF, 169 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-19

Juvenile Law: Dependency Hearings (PDF, 993 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-20

Juvenile Law: Intercounty Transfers (PDF, 174 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-21

Juvenile Law: Psychotropic Medication (PDF, 1313 KB)
Item Number: W16-06

Juvenile Law: Sealing of Records (PDF, 790 KB)
Item Number: W16-07

Juvenile Dependency Petition § 300(b) Allegations for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) (PDF, 128 KB)
Item Number: W16-08

Juvenile Law: Delinquency Defense Attorney Qualifications (PDF, 202 KB)
Item Number: W16-09

Juvenile Law: Notice of Juvenile Hearings by E-Mail (Implementation of AB 879) (PDF, 550 KB)
Item Number: W16-10

Family Law: Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings (PDF, 209 KB)
Item Number: W16-11

Family Law: Changes to Petition and Response (PDF, 901 KB)
Item Number: W16-12

Family Law: Signatures by Local Child Support Agencies on Electronically Filed Pleadings (Implementation of AB 1519) (PDF, 196 KB)
Item Number: W16-13

Domestic Violence—Request to Modify or Terminate Domestic Violence Restraining Orders; Family Law—Changes to Request for Order Rules and Forms (PDF, 1072 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-16

Family and Juvenile Law: Juvenile Court Final Custody Orders (PDF, 1145 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-18

Family Law: New Form and Revisions to Forms for Stepparent and Additional-Parent Adoptions (PDF, 283 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-19

Juvenile Law: Sealing of Records (PDF, 858 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-20

Juvenile Law: Extended Foster Care (PDF, 1065 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-21

Juvenile Delinquency: Documenting Wobbler Determination (PDF, 98 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-22

Juvenile Law: Proceedings Before a Referee (PDF, 84 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-23

Juvenile Law: Detention (PDF, 140 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-24

Juvenile Law: Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and Placement (PDF, 615 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-25

Juvenile Law: Sibling Visitation (PDF, 183 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-26

Family and Juvenile Law: Transfers of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) proceedings to Tribal Court (PDF, 694 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-27

Special Immigrant Juvenile Predicate Findings (PDF, 274 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-28

Family Law: Petition and Response for Dissolution, Legal Separation, and Nullity of Marriage and Domestic Partnership (PDF, 978 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-09

Family Law: Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation (PDF, 204 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-10

Family and Juvenile Law: Parentage (PDF, 705 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-11

Juvenile Law: Instructions to Seal Juvenile Records (PDF, 312 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-12

Juvenile Dependency: Information Form for Parents (PDF, 524 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-13

Juvenile Dependency: Attorney Training (PDF, 132 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-14

Juvenile Law: Intercounty Transfers and Extended Foster Care (PDF, 424 KB)
Item Number: W14-10

Juvenile Law: Electronic Filing (PDF, 283 KB)
Item Number: W14-11

Family Law: Changes to Request for Order Rules and Forms (PDF, 1252 KB)
Item Number: W14-12

Proposed Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Funding Methodology (PDF, 113 KB)
Item Number: SP13-05

Family Law: Revisions to Family Law Summons (PDF, 77 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-34

Family Law: Approval of New Form Declaration of Supervised Visitation Provider (PDF, 96 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-19

Family Law: Clarification of Rules Regarding Service and Posting of a Summons and Forms of Pleading (PDF, 86 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-20

Family Law: Ex Parte Application to Terminate Earnings Assignment Order (PDF, 82 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-21

Family Law: Improvements to Request for Order Rules and Forms (PDF, 346 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-22

Family Law: New Rule for Title IV-D Case Transfers to Tribal Court (PDF, 112 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-17

Juvenile Dependency: Revoke Information Forms to be Replaced by Information Pamphlets (PDF, 1050 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-23

Juvenile Law: Access to Services for Children, Nonminors, and Nonminor Dependents (PDF, 710 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-24

Juvenile Law: Extended Foster Care (PDF, 688 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-25

Juvenile Law: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Regulation Changes (PDF, 102 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-26

Juvenile Law: Minor Changes for Statutory Compliance (PDF, 103 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-27

Juvenile Law: Psychotropic Medications (PDF, 160 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-18

Juvenile Law: Restraining Orders (PDF, 274 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-28

Juvenile Law and Criminal Law: Order for Restitution and Abstract of Judgment (PDF, 392 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-29

Family Law: Adoption of New Rule and Form for Adoptions Under the Hague Adoption Convention and Revisions to Adoption Forms (PDF, 304 KB)
Item Number: W13-07

Juvenile Law: Indian Child Welfare Act in Delinquency Cases (PDF, 147 KB)
Item Number: W13-08

Family Law: Revision to Declaration of Disclosure Forms (PDF, 308 KB)
Item Number: W13-09

Family Law: Amend Forms for Dissolution of Domestic Partnership or Marriage to Correct Substantive Omissions and Other Issues (PDF, 140 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-17

Family Law: Revisions to Adoption Forms (PDF, 249 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-18

Juvenile Law: Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (PDF, 207 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-19

Juvenile Law: Access to Services (PDF, 328 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-20

Juvenile Dependency: Counsel Collections Program (PDF, 3579 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-21

Juvenile Law: Extending Juvenile Court Jurisdiction—Nonminor Foster Youth (PDF, 404 KB)
Item Number: W12-06

Family Law: Domestic Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages (revise forms FL-103, FL-123, FL-800, FL-810, FL-910, and FL-915) (PDF, 466 KB)
Item Number: SP11-16

Appellate Procedure: When to Use Initials to Identify Parties in Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 198 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-11

Juvenile Law: Ensuring Tribal Receipt of Appellate Records (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-12

Appellate Procedure: Premature or Late Notice of Intent to File Writ Petition in Juvenile Dependency Proceeding (PDF, 188 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-13

Family Law: Attorney Fees and Costs (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-35

Family Law: New, Restructured, and Revised Family Law Rules of Court (PDF, 1043 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-36

Family Law: Counsel Appointed to Represent a Child in Family Law Proceedings (PDF, 213 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-37

Family Law: Request for Order in Lieu of Notice of Motion or Order to Show Cause and Witness List for Use in Family Law Proceedings (PDF, 779 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-38

Family Law: Child Custody Information Sheets (PDF, 236 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-39

Family Law: Information Sheet (PDF, 172 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-40

Family Law: Revise Domestic Partnership Forms to Include Dissolution, Legal Separation, or Nullity of Same-Sex Marriage (PDF, 261 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-41

Family Law: Proof of Service by Publication or Posting (PDF, 144 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-42

Family Law: Summary Dissolution (PDF, 565 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-43

Family Law: Postjudgment Address Verification and Governmental Motions for Modifying or Enforcing Child Support (PDF, 576 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-44

Family Law: Default and Uncontested Judgment Checklist and Related Forms (PDF, 452 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-45

Family and Juvenile Rules: Family Centered Case Management Rule and Forms (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-46

Juvenile Law: Juvenile Delinquency Forms Proposed Revisions and New Forms (PDF, 604 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-47

Juvenile Law: Qualifications for Experts Evaluating Child's Competency to Stand Trial (PDF, 121 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-48

Juvenile Law: Disclosure of Information Forms (PDF, 146 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-49

Juvenile Law: Extending Juvenile Court Jurisdiction–Nonminor Foster Youth (PDF, 1003 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-50

Juvenile Law: Appearance of Parties in Juvenile Court Proceedings (PDF, 402 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-51

Domestic Violence – Family Law: Stipulated Judgment of Parentage in Domestic Violence Prevention Act Cases (PDF, 339 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-52

Juvenile Law: Restraining Orders (PDF, 876 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-54

Tribal Court Protective Orders: Registration and Enforcement (PDF, 124 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-53

Family Law - Domestic Violence: adopt rule of court regarding modification of child custody and visitation orders and revise, approve, adopt, and revoke forms used in Domestic Violence Prevention Act cases (PDF, 3827 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-55

Family and Juvenile Rules: Live testimony at hearings and Declarations (PDF, 81 KB)
Item Number: W11-06

Child Support: Revised Forms to Implement Changes to the Family Code and Improve Administration of Title IV-D Cases (PDF, 265 KB)
Item Number: W11-05

Juvenile Law: Sibling Visitation (PDF, 308 KB)
Item Number: W11-04

Juvenile Law: Tribal Customary Adoption (PDF, 308 KB)
Item Number: W10-06

Juvenile Law: Consideration of Parent's Incarceration or Institutionalization in Extending Services (PDF, 111 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-36

Juvenile Law: Eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (PDF, 84 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-35

Juvenile Law: Family Finding and Engagement (PDF, 714 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-34

Family, Juvenile, and Probate Law: Enactment of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act as California Law in the Family, Probate, and Welfare and Institutions Codes (PDF, 1734 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-33

Juvenile: Proposed Modification to Psychotropic Medication Forms and Rule 5.640 (PDF, 1967 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-32

Child Support: Administration of Title IV-D Child Support Cases (PDF, 7239 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-31

Juvenile Law: Caregiver Notice and Right to Be Heard (PDF, 809 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-30

Juvenile and Family Law: Miscellaneous Rule and Form Changes (PDF, 782 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-29

Juvenile Law: Ensuring Foster Children's Educational and Disability Rights (PDF, 1239 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-28

Family Law: Child Custody Information Sheet (PDF, 582 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-27

Family Law: Forms to Assist in Completing Dissolutions (PDF, 699 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-26

Family Law: Rules Regarding Counsel Appointed to Represent a Child in Family Law Proceedings Under Family Code Section 3150 (PDF, 822 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-25

Family Law: Sibling Contact After Adoption (PDF, 765 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-24

Juvenile Dependency Court Performance Measures (PDF, 71 KB)
Item Number: W08-06

Implementation Guide to Juvenile Dependency Court Performance Measures (PDF, 299 KB)
Item Number: SP08-05

Juvenile Law: Juvenile Dependency Court Performance Measures (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-41

Juvenile Law: Confidentiality of Records (PDF, 167 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-40

Juvenile Law: Miscellaneous Rule and Form Changes (PDF, 241 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-39

Family Law: Miscellaneous Forms (PDF, 195 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-38

Child Support: Compliance with Federal Mandate Related to Automated Child Support Calculation Program and Improvement of Access to Justice for Non-English Speaking Self-Represented Litigants (PDF, 149 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-37

Juvenile Law: Affidavit under Penalty of Perjury (PDF, 74 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-40

Juvenile Law: Nondiscrimination in the Appointment of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) (PDF, 61 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-39

Juvenile Law: Required Information for Child Attaining Age of Majority (PDF, 82 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-38

Juvenile Law: Request to Change Court Order (PDF, 73 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-37

Juvenile Law: Presence and Participation of Child at Hearings (PDF, 65 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-36

Juvenile Law: Prisoner's Telephonic Participation at Hearing Affecting Parental Rights (PDF, 116 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-35

Juvenile Law: Review and Permanency Hearings in Dependency Proceedings (PDF, 195 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-34

Juvenile Law: Deferred Entry of Judgment (PDF, 82 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-33

Child Support: Revoke Redundant Child Support Order Form (PDF, 335 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-26

Child Support: Protection of Obligor Social Security Number (PDF, 94 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-27

Child Support: Notice of Change in Case Management Responsibility in Title IV-D Cases (PDF, 106 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-28

Family Law: Spousal and Domestic Partner Support (PDF, 121 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-29

Family Law: Disclosure Requirements (PDF, 73 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-30

Family Law: Appearance, Stipulations, and Waivers (PDF, 105 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-31

Family Law: Child Custody Evaluators (PDF, 201 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-32

Juvenile Law: Family Finding and Engagement (PDF, 731 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-33

Juvenile Law: Findings and Orders After Hearing and Termination of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction (PDF, 714 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-34

Juvenile Law: Eligibility for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (PDF, 84 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-35

Juvenile Law: Consideration of Parent's Incarceration or Institutionalization in Extending Services (PDF, 111 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-36

Child Support: Revised Forms to Implement Changes to the Family Code and Improve Administration of Title IV-D Cases (PDF, 397 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-32

Family Law: Child Custody Evaluations (PDF, 96 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-31

Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 704 KB)
Item Number: SP19-02

At the Judicial Council’s business meeting on August 26, 2011, the council adopted the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual effective October 1, 2011, the operative date of substantive requirements of the California Judicial Branch Contract Law. The council adopted revisions to the manual in December 2011, April 2012, August 2012, December 2013, June 2015, June 2016, July 2017, and July 2018. Additional revisions to the manual are proposed, and staff invites public comment regarding the proposed revisions.

Telephonic Appearances: Change in the Fee Amount (PDF, 183 KB)
Item Number: SP18-18

Judicial Council: Judicial Branch Budget Committee (PDF, 102 KB)
Item Number: SP18-16

Amendment to the Judicial Council Conflict of Interest Code (PDF, 933 KB)
Item Number: SP18-14

In accordance with Government Code sections 87303 and 87306, the Judicial Council Conflict of Interest Code must be updated “when change is necessitated by changed circumstances.” (Gov. Code, § 87306.) The council must review proposed amendments to the Code and approve the Code as amended or direct that it be further revised and resubmitted for approval.

Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 742 KB)
Item Number: SP18-10

Judicial Administration: Public Disclosure of Setlement Agreements (PDF, 712 KB)
Item Number: SP18-09

On April 10, 2018, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye asked the Judicial Council to take immediate action to revise court rules on public records to ensure that all levels of the state court system be required to disclose the names of judicial officers who entered into settlement agreements to resolve sexual harassment and discrimination complaints. She created a working group to develop the rule changes required to achieve this goal. The working group recommends that the Judicial Council amend California Rules of Court, rule 10.500, on public access to judicial administrative records, to clarify that settlement agreements must be disclosed in response to public records requests and that the names of judicial officers must not be redacted from settlement agreements produced in response to these requests.

Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 741 KB)
Item Number: SP18-01

Court Administration: Judicial Sabbaticals (PDF, 196 KB)
Item Number: W18-01

Judicial sabbaticals are addressed in the Government Code and the California Rules of Court. Current law and practices provide for only unpaid sabbaticals on approval of the Judicial Council. The council’s Executive and Planning Committee proposes amending rule 10.502 to make it consistent with current law and practices and to eliminate outdated provisions on paid sabbaticals The amendments would also eliminate the role of the Judicial Sabbatical Review Committee.

Judicial Council: Advisory Committee Membership and Terms (PDF, 390 KB)
Item Number: SP17-07

The Judicial Council’s Rules and Projects Committee (RUPRO) proposes amending several rules of court relating to memberships on advisory committees. The amendments would amend rule 10.31, the general rule on memberships, to clarify the terms of the chairs, members, and advisory members. It would also amend the rules relating to four specific advisory committees to add new or modify existing categories of membership.

Judicial Council Administration: Rule for the Advisory Committee on Audits and Financial Accountability for the Judicial Branch (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: SP17-02

Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 878 KB)
Item Number: SP17-01

Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1727 KB)
Item Number: SP16-05

Court Records: Records Sampling and Destruction (PDF, 698 KB)
Item Number: SP16-01

Court Records: Records Sampling and Destruction (PDF, 215 KB)
Item Number: W16-16

Judicial Administration: Revision of the Conflict of Interest Code for the Judicial Council (PDF, 217 KB)
Item Number: SP15-08

Trial Court Management: Public Access to Administrative Decisions of Trial Courts (PDF, 112 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-30

Trial Courts: Permanent Authorization for Remote Video Proceedings in Traffic Infraction Cases (PDF, 198 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-31

Rules Modernization Project: Modernize the Rules of Court to Facilitate E-Business, E-Filing, and E-Service Executive Summary and Origin (PDF, 882 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-32

Judicial Branch Administration: Changes to Replace the Names “Administrative Office of the Courts” and “AOC” (PDF, 670 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-33

Judicial Administration: Rule for Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: SP15-03

Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1424 KB)
Item Number: SP15-01

Judicial Branch Education: Court Executive Officers Education (PDF, 127 KB)
Item Number: W15-04

Trial Courts: Reporting of Reciprocal Assignment Orders (PDF, 1039 KB)
Item Number: W15-05

Temporary Judges: Reporting on Use of Attorneys as Court-Appointed Temporary Judges (PDF, 118 KB)
Item Number: W15-06

Judicial Administration: Changes to Delegations in Rules of Court (PDF, 253 KB)
Item Number: W15-07

Judicial Administration: Revision of the Conflict of Interest Code for the Judicial Council (REV. 11/23/14) (PDF, 378 KB)
Item Number: SP14-09

Judicial Administration: Rule for Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (PDF, 119 KB)
Item Number: SP14-06

Judicial Administration: Rules for Advisory Groups (PDF, 355 KB)
Item Number: SP14-07

Judicial Administration: Membership of Appellate Advisory Committee (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: SP14-01

Judicial Administration: Meetings of Judicial Council Advisory Bodies (PDF, 200 KB)
Item Number: SP13-12

Judicial Branch Education: Trial Court Employee Education (PDF, 83 KB)
Item Number: W14-08

Judicial Branch Education: AOC Employee Education (PDF, 293 KB)
Item Number: W14-09

Judicial Administration: Rules for Advisory Groups (PDF, 153 KB)
Item Number: SP13-10

Judicial Branch Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1334 KB)
Item Number: SP13-08

Judicial Administration: Rules for Advisory Groups (PDF, 218 KB)
Item Number: SP13-07

Subordinate Judicial Officers: Complaints and Notice Requirements (PDF, 115 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-31

Attorney Misconduct: Notification to State Bar (PDF, 73 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-30

Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee: Chair Nomination Process (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: SP13-03

Trial Court Security: Petitions under Government Code section 69926 (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: SP12-09

Judical Branch Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1481 KB)
Item Number: SP12-06

Judicial Branch Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1558 KB)
Item Number: SP12-02

Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (PDF, 1500 KB)
Item Number: SP11-12

Court-Appointed Temporary Judges: Recruitment and Appointment (PDF, 120 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-56

Judicial Branch Education: Amendments to the Education Rules Resulting from Evaluation of the Implementation of the Education Rules for the First Three-Year Period (PDF, 275 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-34

Judicial Administration: Authority and Duties of Presiding Judge and Court Executive Office (PDF, 136 KB)
Item Number: W11-07

Judicial Branch Education: Minimum Education Requirements, Expectations, and Recommendations (PDF, 625 KB)
Item Number: SP07-01

Judicial Administration: Court Self-Help Center (PDF, 913 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-35

Judicial Branch Travel Expense Reimbursement Policy (PDF, 57 KB)
Item Number: W08-03

Court Security Plans (PDF, 125 KB)
Item Number: W08-02

Judicial Branch Education: Minimum Education Requirements and Expectations-Justices' and Judges' Individual Recording and Reporting Form (PDF, 95 KB)
Item Number: SP08-06

Advisory Commission on Civil Fees in the Courts (PDF, 76 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-46

Court Security Plans (PDF, 376 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-32

Judicial Branch Education: Minimum Ethics Education Requirements for Trial Court Executive Officers (PDF, 103 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-37

Court Administration: Modernize Rules on Trial Court Records (PDF, 39 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-38

Authority and duties of the presiding judge: setting and modifying executive officer total compensation (PDF, 87 KB)
Item Number: W10-02

Reporting Subordinate Judicial Officers to the Commission on Judicial Performance (PDF, 89 KB)
Item Number: W10-03

Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records (PDF, 301 KB)
Item Number: SP09-07

Language Access: Language Services in Noncourtroom Programs and Services - W19 - 09 (PDF, 264 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 09

The Judicial Council has charged the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force with overseeing and ensuring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts (LAP). The plan provides a comprehensive and systematic approach to expanding language access in the California courts, in fulfillment of the courts’ obligations under title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Task Force proposes a new rule of court and three optional forms to satisfy a series of LAP recommendations focusing on the provision of language services outside the courtroom.

Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts (PDF, 698 KB)
Item Number: SP14-05

Executive Summary, Español 

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Consistent Fee Provisions with Electronic Filing and Service; Signatures on Electronically Filed Documents Not Signed Under Penalty of Perjury, LEG19-01 (PDF, 149 KB)
Item Number: LEG19-01

The Information Technology Advisory Committee recommends the Judicial Council sponsor legislation to amend Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6, which governs electronic filing and service in civil matters. The purpose of the   proposal would be twofold: (1) to create consistency in the fee provisions by allowing courts to recover no more than their actual costs regardless of whether electronic filing and service is permitted by local rule, required by court order, or required by local rule; and (2) to account for signatures made not under penalty of perjury by persons other than the filer. The proposal originated with Judicial Council staff.

Deadline to Submit comments: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Electronic Delivery of Documents Currently Required to Be Mailed Following Conviction, LEG19-02 (PDF, 147 KB)
Item Number: LEG19-02

The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) recommends the Judicial Council sponsor legislation to amend Penal Code section 1203.01 to allow for electronic delivery of documents currently required to be mailed following conviction. The proposal originated with a recommendation of the Judicial Council Data Exchange Working Group, which is made up of court participants and justice partners and is working to develop standardized data exchanges.

Deadline to Submit comments: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Temporary Emergency Gun Violence Restraining Order, LEG19-03 (PDF, 142 KB)
Item Number: LEG19-03

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, at the suggestion of several courts, proposes that the Judicial Council sponsor legislation amending Penal Code section 18140, which currently requires that a law enforcement officer who requests a temporary emergency gun violence restraining order (emergency GVRO) “[f]ile a copy of the order with the court as soon as practicable after issuance.” (Pen. Code, § 18140(c).) The proposal would add a time frame of no later than three court days to ensure that the court receives the emergency GVRO with sufficient time to set and notice a hearing within 21 days, as required by newly enacted Penal Code section 18148.

Deadline to Submit comments: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation (Telephonic Appearances): Court Fees Collected from Telephone Appearance Revenue, LEG19-05 (PDF, 166 KB)
Item Number: LEG19-05

The Judicial Branch Budget Committee proposes statutory changes for telephone appearance service fees to update and improve the formula to reflect current revenue allocation standards in the courts. The committee also proposes amending the statutes that prescribe the method for transmitting fees to reflect current fiscal practices in the courts. This proposal has no impact on the fee charged to individuals for telephone appearance services. The proposal is based on a suggestion from a vendor of telephone appearance services.

Deadline to Submit comments: Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Council –Sponsored Legislation: Civil Discovery Tiers (PDF, 186 KB)
Item Number: SP18-17

Amend Government Code section 68560.5(a) and Code of Civil Procedure section 116.550 (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-07

Proposed Legislation (Appellate Procedure) Authorizes Fees for Electronic Filing and Service (PDF, 148 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-01

Proposed Legislation (Appellate Procedure): Content of the Record in Certain Juvenile Appeals (PDF, 172 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-02

Proposed Legislation: Temporary Emergency Gun Violence Restraining Orders (PDF, 156 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-03

Proposed Legislation (Criminal Procedure): Electronic Arrest Warrants (PDF, 149 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-04

Proposed Legislation (Technology): Electronic Service (PDF, 174 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-05

Proposed Legislation (Traffic): Uniform Hourly Rate for Community Service in Lieu of Infraction Fine (PDF, 140 KB)
Item Number: LEG17-06

Subordinate Judicial Officers: Court Commissioners as Magistrates (PDF, 49 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-01

Court Records: Retention of Original Wills and Codicils and of Court Records in Gun Violence Cases (PDF, 61 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-02

Criminal Procedure: Application of Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6(a) and (b) to Criminal Actions (PDF, 41 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-03

Criminal Procedure: Multiple County Sentencing Under Penal Code Section 1170(h) (PDF, 47 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-04

Criminal Procedure: Pre-Arraignment Own Recognizance Release Under Court-Operated or Approved Pretrial Programs (PDF, 49 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-05

Criminal Procedure: Transfer Back to Receiving Court for Limited Purpose after Intercounty Transfer (PDF, 41 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-06

Small Claims: Provision of Court Interpreters (PDF, 85 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-07

Juvenile Law: Electronic Filing and Service in Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 126 KB)
Item Number: LEg16-08

Probate: Electronic Service of Notices and Other Papers in Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Proceedings (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-09

Technology: Electronic Filing, Service, and Signatures (PDF, 114 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-10

Court Records: Records Sampling and Destruction (PDF, 215 KB)
Item Number: W16-16

Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Competency under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 709 (PDF, 150 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-04

Criminal Justice Realignment: Court jurisdiction over supervision revocation; calculation of time during supervision revocation (PDF, 66 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-01

Probate: Statements of Decision in Probate Proceedings (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-02

Timing of Electronic Service (PDF, 58 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-03

Proposed Legislation (Civil Practice and Procedure): Evidentiary Objections in Summary Judgment Proceedings (PDF, 66 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-02

Proposed Legislation (Criminal Justice Realignment): Recalling Sentences under Penal Code section 1170(d)(1) (PDF, 58 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-03

Proposed Legislation (Jurors): Monetary Sanctions under Code of Civil Procedure section 177.5 (PDF, 59 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-04

Proposed Legislation (Criminal Procedure): Appeals of the Imposition or Calculation of Fines and Fees (PDF, 60 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-05

Proposed Legislation (Criminal Justice Realignment): Parole Holds and Deadline to File Petitions to Revoke Supervision (PDF, 76 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-06

Proposed Legislation (Criminal Justice Realignment): Sentencing Report Deadlines (PDF, 60 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-07

Judicial Council-Sponsored Legislation: Amend Restraining Order Statutes to Clarify Procedures for Continuance of Hearings (PDF, 88 KB)
Item Number: LEG14-01

Judicial Council-Sponsored Legislation: Amend Restraining Order Statutes to Clarify Procedures for Continuance of Hearings (PDF, 82 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-08

Proposed Legislation: Criminal Procedure: Intercounty Probation Case Transfers (PDF, 62 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-01

Proposed Legislation: Criminal Procedure: Misdemeanor Contempt by Jurors (PDF, 62 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-02

Proposed Legislation: Tribal Access to Confidential Juvenile Court Files (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-03

Proposed Legislation: Conservatorship for Gravely Disabled Persons: Conservatorship Investigator Report (PDF, 63 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-04

Proposed Legislation: Joinder of Probation in Mental Health Cases (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-05

Proposed Legislation: Outpatient Status for Mentally Disordered and Developmentally Disabled Offenders (PDF, 114 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-06

Provisional Qualification for American Sign Language Court Interpreters and Other Updates to Evidence Code Section 754 (PDF, 75 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-07

Probate Guardianships: Referral of Proposed Ward in a Guardianship Proceeding to County Child Welfare Department for an Investigation of the Ward's Status as a Dependent Child Under the Juvenile Court Law (PDF, 248 KB)
Item Number: LEG12-03

Proposed Legislation: Modernization and Improvement of Statutes on Trial Court Records Retention and Management (PDF, 141 KB)
Item Number: LEG12-02

Criminal Justice Realignment: Supervision Revocation Procedure (PDF, 104 KB)
Item Number: LEG12-01

Proposed Legislation for Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Court Civil Judgments (PDF, 115 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-04

Proposed Legislation for Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Court Civil Judgments (Code of Civ. Proc. §§ 1730 –1739) (PDF, 343 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-03

Probate: Notice to Creditors in Decedents’ Estates (PDF, 76 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-02

Civil Law: Proposed Clean-Up Legislation on the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information (PDF, 189 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-01

CACI Release for Public Comment - Summer 2010 (PDF, 1262 KB)
Item Number: CACI 10-02

Probate Guardianship Venue: Proposed Legislation (PDF, 349 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-05

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Judicial Arbitration Statutes (PDF, 28 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-04

Civil Cases: Vexatious Litigants (PDF, 35 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-03

Criminal Procedure: Thumbprints at Arraignment (PDF, 85 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-02

Criminal Procedure: Dismissals in the Interests of Justice (PDF, 145 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-01

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Judicial Arbitration Statutes (PDF, 30 KB)
Item Number: LEG10-06

Small Claims: Appearance by Declaration or Telephone (PDF, 284 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-06

Small Claims Post-Judgment Fees (PDF, 281 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-05

Local Rules: Increase Time for Filing With the Judicial Council From 30 to 60 Days (PDF, 285 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-04

Trial Preference: Updating Outmoded Statutory Language (PDF, 356 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-03

Governmental Fee Exemption (PDF, 278 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-02

Juvenile Court Purpose Clause (PDF, 313 KB)
Item Number: LEG07-01

Management of Trial Court Records: Proposed Legislation (amend Gov. Code, §§ 68150 and 68151) (PDF, 110 KB)
Item Number: LEG09-02

Proposed Legislation on Electronic Service of Documents: Amend Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6 (PDF, 399 KB)
Item Number: LEG09-01

Rules and Forms: Mandatory Form for Notification of a Party’s Military Status, SPR19-14 (PDF, 230 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-14

The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee proposes revising Notification of Military Status (form MIL-100), which informs the court that a party in a court case is or was in the military and changing the form from optional to mandatory. The revisions to the current form will enable courts to provide improved identification of court litigants in all case types who have a military affiliation.

Military Service: Notification of Military Status (PDF, 998 KB)
Item Number: W15-08

Early Draft Open Meeting Rule (PDF, 127 KB)
Item Number: SP13-11

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Implementation of AB 3176 for Indian Children, SPR19-42 (PDF, 1727 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-42

The Tribal Court–State Court Forum (forum) and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommend adopting a new rule of court, amending several other California Rules of Court, and revising several forms for Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and juvenile court dependency proceedings to comply with statutory changes in Assembly Bill 3176 (Waldron; Stats. 2018, ch. 833) as well as changes to governing federal regulations and guidelines. The proposal also addresses technical amendments and corrections, and responds to several appellate court decisions regarding ICWA rules and forms.

Probate Conservatorship and Guardianship: Accounting, SPR19-34 (PDF, 988 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-34

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee recommends amending one rule of court to clarify the procedure for submitting original statements in support of a conservatorship or guardianship accounting when those statements are generated and issued electronically, and to require information about the personal residence of a conservatee or ward to be submitted in support of a request for a court order excusing an otherwise required accounting. The committee also proposes approving one form for optional use by a conservator or guardian to request an order excusing the filing of an otherwise required accounting. The recommendations are needed to facilitate implementation of existing statutory accounting requirements and to protect a conservatee’s or ward’s personal residence from loss or foreclosure by ensuring that the fiduciary is exercising ordinary care and diligence.

Rules and Forms: Graduated Filing Fee in Estate Administration Proceedings, SPR19-35 (PDF, 325 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-35

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee recommends amending one rule of court and repealing one rule of court to remove the remaining references to a graduated filing fee from the probate rules. The statute that imposed a graduated filing fee in estate administration proceedings based on the value of the estate was held unconstitutional in 2008. The Judicial Council repealed two other rules implementing the graduated filing fee scheme, effective January 1, 2015, but did not repeal the rules addressed in this proposal.

Rules and Forms: Notices of Hearing in Probate Proceedings,: SPR19-36 (PDF, 986 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-36

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee recommends adopting one mandatory notice form and revising one mandatory notice form to give the information and advisements required by statute in (1) a notice of a petition filed under section 850 of the Probate Code and (2) a notice of hearing on a report of status of estate administration under section 12201 of that code. These revisions have been requested by courts and stakeholders. They are needed to conform to existing law, to promote access to the courts, and to allow timely distribution of the proceeds of decedents’ estates.

Probate Conservatorship and Guardianship: Qualifications and Education of Appointed Counsel - W19 - 08 (PDF, 1307 KB)
Item Number: W19 - 08

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee proposes repealing one rule of court and adopting five new rules of court to clarify and amend the minimum qualifications and education requirements for counsel appointed to represent wards and conservatees in guardianship, conservatorship, and other proceedings under division 4 of the Probate Code. The committee also proposes revising two forms for mandatory use by attorneys to certify that they meet the requirements for appointment. The amendments and revisions were suggested by courts, stakeholders, and disability rights advocates to clarify the existing requirements, resolve inconsistencies with statute, promote more effective representation, and simplify the certification process.

Probate Conservatorship: Major Neurocognitive Disorder (PDF, 998 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-31

The Probate & Mental Health Advisory Committee proposes revising eight forms to implement recent legislation that replaced the term “dementia” with “major neurocognitive disorder” to conform to current usage in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

Guardianship and Conservatorship: Court-Appointed Counsel (PDF, 839 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-33

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee proposes amending one rule of court that establishes minimum qualifications for court-appointed counsel in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings under the Probate Code. The committee also proposes revising two mandatory forms used by attorneys to certify that they meet the requirements for appointment. The rule amendments, in response to apparent inconsistencies with statute that were pointed out by courts, stakeholders, and disability rights advocates, would resolve any inconsistencies with statute, protect the rights of wards and conservatees by promoting more effective advocacy, and simplify the process of complying with the requirements.

Probate Guardianship: Response to Petition (PDF, 958 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-32

The Probate & Mental Health Advisory Committee proposes revising five forms to improve notice of the legal consequences of the appointment of a guardianship of the person and to provide a meaningful opportunity for parents and other interested persons to respond to a petition for appointment of a guardian. The proposal responds to concerns raised by committee members, courts, and attorneys that the effects of the appointment of a guardian were not clear to petitioners, parents, and other persons interested in a proposed ward’s health, safety, and welfare.

Probate Conservatorships: Interstate Transfer (PDF, 762 KB)
Item Number: W18-08

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee recommends approving four Judicial Council forms for optional use to transfer conservatorship proceedings into and out of California under the California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act (CCJA). The CCJA provides the exclusive basis for determining whether a California court, as opposed to a court of another state, has jurisdiction to appoint a probate conservator.

Probate Law: Appointment of Counsel (PDF, 673 KB)
Item Number: W18-09

The Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee recommends approving a form for optional use to apply for and order the appointment of counsel for a ward, a proposed ward, a conservatee, or a proposed conservatee, including a limited conservatee, in a proceeding under division 4 (beginning with section 1400) of the Probate Code, which includes the Guardianship-Conservatorship Law. Probate courts and other stakeholders have indicated that appointment of counsel early in a proceeding would promote more efficient and informed case management and better protect the legal rights of persons subject to guardianship or conservatorship.

Probate: Electronic Service of Notices and Other Papers in Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Proceedings (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-09

Probate Conservatorships: Notice of the Conservatee’s Death (PDF, 233 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-23

Probate: Revision of Forms Used in Decedent Estate Proceedings and in a Substitute for Those Proceedings (PDF, 248 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-24

Probate Guardianships: A New Guardianship for Wards 18 to 21 Years Old and Extension of Existing Guardianships Beyond the Wards’ 18th Birthday (PDF, 170 KB)
Item Number: W16-14

Probate Conservatorships: Conservatees’ Capacity to Vote (Rev. 2016-01-15) (PDF, 210 KB)
Item Number: W16-15

Probate: Statements of Decision in Probate Proceedings (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: LEG15-02

Special Immigrant Juvenile Predicate Findings (PDF, 274 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-28

Probate Conservatorship: Judicial Council forms to implement the California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act (PDF, 1158 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-29

Court fee waivers in decedent estates, guardianships, and conservatorships and for wards and conservatees participating in civil actions (PDF, 362 KB)
Item Number: SP15-02

Probate Conservatorship and Guardianship: Accounting Schedules for Gains and Losses on Sales of Assets in Guardianships and Conservatorships (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-15

Probate, Decedents’ Estates: Waiver of Bond by Heirs or Beneficiaries of Decedents’ Estates (PDF, 134 KB)
Item Number: SPR14-16

Probate Guardianship: Eligibility of a Ward for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Under Federal Immigration Law (PDF, 107 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-33

Probate Conservatorships and Guardianships: Guidelines to Assist in Determining Financial Eligibility for County Payment of the Cost of Counsel Appointed by the Court in Proceedings Under the Guardianship-Conservatorship Law (PDF, 263 KB)
Item Number: SP12-04

Probate Guardianships: Communications Between California Courts on Guardianship Venue Issues (PDF, 161 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-22

Probate Guardianships: Testimony of (Proposed) Wards and Other Children in Guardianship Cases (PDF, 144 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-23

Probate: Notice to Creditors in Decedents’ Estates (PDF, 135 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-24

Probate: Substitutes for Decedent Estate Administration (PDF, 202 KB)
Item Number: W12-07

Probate: Notice to Creditors in Decedents’ Estates (PDF, 76 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-02

Court Fee Waivers in Probate Proceedings (PDF, 194 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-57

Delayed Certificates of Death, Birth, and Marriage (PDF, 176 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-58

Instructions concerning the Indian Child Welfare Act in probate guardianship proceedings (PDF, 183 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-59

Probate Conservatorships: Determination of Conservatee's Appropriate Level of Care (PDF, 124 KB)
Item Number: W11-08

Qualifications and Continuing Education of Paralegals Eligible for Compensation From Estates of Decedents, Conservatees, and Wards (PDF, 55 KB)
Item Number: W10-07

Probate: Statement of Duties and Responsibilities of Conservators (PDF, 90 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-41

Probate Guardianships: Continuing Education Requirements for Counsel Appointed for Minors in Guardianships of the Person (PDF, 105 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-40

Orders Appointing and Directing the Actions of Court Investigators in Probate Conservatorships (PDF, 190 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-39

Probate: Ex Parte Communications in Proceedings Under the Probate Code and the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (PDF, 107 KB)
Item Number: SP07-17

Probate: Judicial Council forms for standard and simplified accountings by conservators and guardians and a rule of court to govern their use (PDF, 381 KB)
Item Number: SP07-16

Probate: Notice of Filing Inventory and Appraisal, Instructions on Objecting to an Inventory and Appraisal, and Objections to an Inventory and Appraisal (PDF, 140 KB)
Item Number: SP07-15

Probate: Standards for Determining Compensation of Conservators and Guardians and Standards of Conduct for Conservators and Guardians of Estates (PDF, 110 KB)
Item Number: SP07-14

Probate: Notices of Changes of Residence of Conservatees and Wards (PDF, 105 KB)
Item Number: SP07-13

Probate: Surety bonds in conservatorships and guardianships (PDF, 68 KB)
Item Number: SP07-12

Probate: Standards for the Good Cause Exception to Notice of Hearing of a Petition for Appointment of a Temporary Guardian or Conservator (PDF, 87 KB)
Item Number: SP07-11

Probate: Statement of Conservatee's Rights (PDF, 88 KB)
Item Number: SP07-10

Probate: Education of Judicial Officers Regularly Assigned to Hear Probate Matters; Qualifications and Education of Probate Department Court Staff and Attorneys Appointed in Conservatorships and Guardianships (PDF, 272 KB)
Item Number: SP07-09

Probate and Mental Health: Qualifications for Membership on the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee (PDF, 1652 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-34

Changes in the Petition for Appointment of Temporary Conservator or Guardian and the Order Appointing Probate Conservator (PDF, 147 KB)
Item Number: W08-05

Graduated Filing Fee in Decedents' Estates (PDF, 154 KB)
Item Number: W08-04

Qualifications of Counsel for Appointment in Conservatorships and Guardianships (PDF, 323 KB)
Item Number: SP08-01

Probate-Guardianships and Conservatorships: Appointment of Temporary Guardians and Temporary Conservators (PDF, 196 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-45

Probate-Guardianships and Conservatorships: Responsibility of Institutions and Financial Institutions to Notify the Court Concerning Assets, Accounts, and Safe Deposit Boxes of Wards and Conservatees (PDF, 185 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-44

Probate-Guardianships and Conservatorships: Court-appointed Counsel (PDF, 136 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-43

Probate-Decedents' Estates: Advice to Creditors of Decedents (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: SPR08-42

Changes in Conservatorship and Guardianship Forms to Reflect 2008 Legislation and the Professional Fiduciaries Act (PDF, 262 KB)
Item Number: W09-04

Probate Conservatorships: Authorization to Disclose a Conservatee's or Proposed Conservatee's Protected Health Information to Court Investigators (PDF, 83 KB)
Item Number: W09-03

Guidelines for Probate Examiners and Court Investigators to Assist Them in Reviewing Accountings of Conservators and Guardians and Detecting Fraud (PDF, 192 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-44

Probate Conservatorships and Guardianships: Value of estate property for purposes of setting the amount of the surety bond for the cost of recovery on the bond (PDF, 91 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-43

Protective Orders: Revisions to Continuance Forms, SPR19-37 (PDF, 1654 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-37

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee jointly recommend revising twelve protective order forms (the request and order on continuance for each of the CH, DV, EA, GV, SV, and WV series forms). Changes are needed to the order forms to ensure that these protective orders are properly entered into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunication System (CLETS), a California protective order database. Revisions are also needed to the domestic violence and gun violence series to implement recent changes in the law, Assembly Bill 2694 (Stats. 2018, ch. 219) and Senate Bill 1200 (Stats. 2018, ch. 898).

Protective Orders: New INFO Form on Protecting Minor’s Information, SPR19-38 (PDF, 457 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-38

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee jointly recommend adopting two information sheets to help litigants understand a new law that enables courts to make confidential certain information regarding a minor in civil harassment and domestic violence restraining order proceedings. The new law went into effect on January 1, 2018, under Assembly Bill 953 (Stats. 2017, ch. 384).

Protective Orders: Alternative Service in Domestic Violence Prevention Act Cases, SPR19-39 (PDF, 394 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-39

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends adopting one form, approving one information sheet, and revising one information sheet to implement the provisions in Assembly Bill 2694 (Stats. 2018, ch. 219). The bill allows for alternative service for domestic violence restraining order requests when, after diligent efforts, personal service has not been accomplished and there is reason to believe that the person to be served is evading service.

Protective Orders: Entry of Interstate and Tribal Protective Orders, Canadian Protective Orders, and Gun Violence Restraining Orders into CLETS; Registration of Canadian Domestic Violence Protective Orders; rule to add Gun Violence Restraining Orders (PDF, 872 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-34

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee proposes amending rule 1.51 of the California Rules of Court to include the registration of (1) interstate and tribal court protective orders, under Family Code section 6404; and (2) Canadian protective orders, under Family Code section 6454, as protective orders that must be submitted to the court with a completed Confidential CLETS Information form. The committee also proposes the adoption of a new mandatory form to implement the requirements of Senate Bill 204 that allow domestic violence protection orders issued in a Canadian civil court to be registered and enforced in California under Family Code sections 6450–6460.

The Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes amending two rules relating to protective orders. It proposes amending rule 1.51 to add a reference to Penal Code sections 118100―18205, the gun violence restraining order statutes that became operative January 1, 2016, as protective orders that must be submitted to the court with a completed Confidential CLETS Information form. In addition, it proposes amending rule 2.503(c) to add records in gun violence prevention proceedings to the list of electronic court records that are accessible only at the courthouse and are not available remotely.

Protective Orders: Protecting Information of People Under 18 Years Old (PDF, 1167 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-35

The Family and Juvenile Law Committee and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee jointly recommend adopting rules of court, adopting eight forms (a set of four in the Domestic Violence Prevention series and a set of four in the Civil Harassment Prevention series), and revising two forms, in order to implement the provisions in Assembly Bill 953 (Stats. 2017, ch. 384) that seek to protect information relating to minors in domestic violence and civil harassment restraining orders.

Protective Orders: Modification and Termination (PDF, 413 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-22

Protective Orders: Response and Firearms Relinquishment Exemption (PDF, 431 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-23

Protective Orders: Requests for Immediate Orders (PDF, 320 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-24

Protective Orders: Requests for the Possession and Protection of Animals (PDF, 387 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-22

Request to Continue Hearing Date and Extend Temporary Restraining Order in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse, Private Postsecondary School Violence, and Workplace Violence Cases (PDF, 887 KB)
Item Number: W16-04

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders: New and Updated Forms to Reflect Recent Legislative Changes (PDF, 672 KB)
Item Number: W16-05

Protective Orders: Notice of New Hearing and Order on Reissuance (PDF, 300 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-25

Protective Orders: Emergency Protective Order Form (PDF, 122 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-26

Criminal Procedure: Criminal Protective Orders (PDF, 555 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-31

Juvenile Law: Restraining Orders (PDF, 876 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-54

Tribal Court Protective Orders: Registration and Enforcement (PDF, 124 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-53

Family Law - Domestic Violence: adopt rule of court regarding modification of child custody and visitation orders and revise, approve, adopt, and revoke forms used in Domestic Violence Prevention Act cases (PDF, 3827 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-55

Protective Orders: Forms To Be Used in Proceedings to Prevent Civil Harassment, Elder Abuse, Private Postsecondary School Violence, and Workplace Violence (PDF, 7797 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-60

Protective Orders: Rule Changes to Reflect and Implement Recent Legislation (PDF, 258 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-61

Protective Orders: School Site and Workplace Violence Prevention Forms (PDF, 1363 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-43

Protective Orders: Confidentiality of Information on California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) Information Form (PDF, 75 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-42

SP18-08 Proposed Amendments to Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 482 KB)
Item Number: SP18-08

SP18-07 Proposed Adoption of New Canon 4D(6)(i) of the Code of Judicial Ethics—“Nominal Gift” Exception (PDF, 393 KB)
Item Number: SP18-07

SP18-06 Proposed Amendments to Canon 4D(6) and 4D(7) of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 360 KB)
Item Number: SP18-06

SP18-05 Proposed Amendment to Commentary Following Canon 3D(2) of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 368 KB)
Item Number: SP18-05

SP18-04 Proposed Amendments to Canon 3B(7)(a) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 272 KB)
Item Number: SP18-04

SP18-03 Proposed Amendments to Canons 2C, 3B(5), 3B(6), 3C(1), and 3C(3) and the Commentary Following Canon 2C of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 471 KB)
Item Number: SP18-03

SP18-02 Proposed Amendment to Commentary Following Canon 2A of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 371 KB)
Item Number: SP18-02

Attorney Admissions: Disclosure of Applicant and Examination Information (PDF, 77 KB)
Item Number: SP16-11

Supreme Court Invites Public Comment on Proposed Amendments to the Membership and Leadership Rules Governing the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (PDF, 120 KB)
Item Number: SP 15-07

Publication of Appellate Opinions: Publication Status and Citation of Opinions When the Supreme Court Grants Review (PDF, 151 KB)
Item Number: SP15-05

BACKGROUND MATERIALS

1. 1979 proposal:

2. 1985 proposal:

3. 1986 proposal:

4. 1988 proposal:

Citation Procedure: Copies of Unpublished Decisions and Decisions Only Available in Computerized Databases (PDF, 55 KB)
Item Number: W14-01

Item Number: CJEO 2013-003 and CJEO 2013-004

The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions invites comment on two draft judicial ethics advisory opinions.  One draft opinion answers questions posed to the committee about the disqualification requirements for judges who have received aggregated or law firm campaign contributions that exceed $1,500 (CJEO 2013-004).  The second draft opinion discusses how judges can ensure that disclosures are made on the record when there is no court reporter or electronic recording of the proceedings (CJEO 2013-003).  Both draft opinions provide guidance under the California Code of Judicial Ethics, which establishes standards for ethical conduct for state judges on and off the bench and for candidates for judicial office.


To submit comments online, please visit the committee’s website.

Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO Draft Opinion 2013-002) (PDF, 253 KB)
Item Number: CJEO 2013-002

Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Draft Formal Opinion 2012-001; Requesting Assistance from Attorneys in Pursuit of the Improvement of the Administration of Justice (PDF, 240 KB)
Item Number: CJEO 2012-001

This draft opinion addresses two questions: (1) May a judge invite partners of law firms in the county to attend a meeting at which the judge makes a presentation concerning potential budget cuts and asks that the attorneys to help the court in whatever way they believe is appropriate?; and (2) May a judge at the same meeting ask attorneys to write or meet with legislators in Sacramento on the court’s behalf?  The draft opinion analyzes the applicable canons and provides guidance on proper judicial conduct under circumstances related to these questions.

View comments received.

Proposed Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Internal Operating Rules and Procedures (PDF, 88 KB)
Item Number: SP11-13

Proposed Amendments to the Terminology Section of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 116 KB)
Item Number: SP11-06

Proposed Amendments to Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 90 KB)
Item Number: SP11-07

Proposed Amendments to Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 226 KB)
Item Number: SP11-08

Proposed Amendments to Canon 4 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SP11-09

Proposed Amendments to Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 119 KB)
Item Number: SP11-10

Citation Procedure: Copies of Decisions Only Available in Computerized Databases (PDF, 57 KB)
Item Number: SP11-03

Rules and Forms: Electronic Filing and Service, SPR19-40 (PDF, 117 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-40

The Information Technology Advisory Committee recommends the Judicial Council amend rules 2.251, 2.255, and 2.257 of the California Rules of Court. The purpose of the proposed amendments to rules 2.251 and 2.255 is to (1) specify how notice of consent to electronic service is to be given, (2) provide example language for consent, and (3) require electronic filing service providers and electronic filing managers to transmit a person’s consent to the court. The proposed amendments to rules 2.251 and 2.255 originated with comments received from the Superior Court of San Diego County. The purpose of the proposed amendments to rule 2.257 is to reduce the reliance on paper for signatures on electronically filed documents and include other persons in addition to parties within the scope of the rule. The proposed amendments to rule 2.257 originated with comments received from the Department of Child Support Services and Judicial Council staff.

Rules and Forms: Remote Access to Electronic Records by Government Entities, SPR19-41 (PDF, 131 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-41

The Information Technology Advisory Committee recommends that the Judicial Council amend rule 2.540 of the California Rules of Court to add “county public administrator” and “county public conservator” to the list of government entities that may be granted remote access to certain electronic records, and make a minor amendment to the good cause provision of the rule. The purpose of the proposal is to make the rule clearer and more comprehensive based on comments received when the rule was originally circulated for public comment in 2018.

Tactical Plan for Technology 2019-2020 (PDF, 704 KB)
Item Number: SP19-01

As part of its 2018 Annual Agenda, the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) initiated a workstream to update the Tactical Plan for Technology 2017-2018. After analyzing the Strategic Plan for Technology 2019-2022 updated goals, evaluating existing initiatives, and incorporating new initiatives, the workstream now requests your input on the initial draft of the updated Tactical Plan for Technology 2019-2020.

Court Technology: Strategic Plan for Technology 2019-2022 (PDF, 486 KB)
Item Number: SP18-15

Technology: Rules Modernization Project (PDF, 230 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-36

As part of the Rules Modernization Project, the Information Technology Advisory Committee recommends amending several rules related to electronic service and electronic filing. The purpose of the proposal is to conform the rules to the Code of Civil Procedure, clarify and remove redundancies in rule definitions, and ensure indigent filers are not required to have a payment mechanism to create an account with electronic filing service providers (EFSPs). The proposal includes amendments required by statute and suggested by the public.

Technology: Remote Access to Electronic Records (PDF, 335 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-37

The proposal makes limited amendments to rules governing public access to electronic trial court records and creates a new set of rules governing remote access to such records by parties, parties’ attorneys, court-appointed persons, authorized persons working in a legal organization or qualified legal services project, and government entities. The purpose of the proposal is to facilitate existing relationships and provide clear authority to the courts.

The project to develop the new rules originated with the California Judicial Branch Tactical Plan for Technology, 2017–2018. Under the tactical plan, a major task under the “Technology Initiatives to Promote Rule and Legislative Changes” is to develop rules “for online access to court records for parties and justice partners.” (Judicial Council of Cal., California Judicial Branch Tactical Plan for Technology, 2017–2018 (2017), p. 47.)

Technology: Rules Modernization Project Proposed Rules (PDF, 150 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-38

As part of the Rules Modernization Project, the Information Technology Advisory Committee and Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee recommend adopting a new form for withdrawal of consent to electronic service. The purpose of the proposal is to comply with Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6(a)(6), which requires the Judicial Council to create such a form by January 1, 2019.

Technology: Rules Modernization Project (PDF, 279 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-25

Tactical Plan for Technology 2017-2018 (Deadline extended) (PDF, 603 KB)
Item Number: SP16-14

Juvenile Law: Electronic Filing and Service in Juvenile Proceedings (PDF, 126 KB)
Item Number: LEg16-08

Probate: Electronic Service of Notices and Other Papers in Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Proceedings (PDF, 182 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-09

Technology: Electronic Filing, Service, and Signatures (PDF, 114 KB)
Item Number: LEG16-10

Appellate Procedure: Ensure Consistency Between E-filing Rules and Court Practices (PDF, 154 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-06

Technology: Modernization of the Rules of Court (Phase II of the Rules Modernization Project) (PDF, 336 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-25

Technology: Modernization of the Appellate Rules of Court (Phase II of the Rules Modernization Project) (PDF, 2058 KB)
Item Number: SPR16-26

Judicial Administration: Implementation of Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plan (PDF, 300 KB)
Item Number: SP15-04

Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plan (PDF, 5166 KB)
Item Number: SP14-04

Mandatory E-Filing: Draft Uniform Rules To Implement Assembly Bill 2073 (PDF, 730 KB)
Item Number: W13-05

Adopt Advancing Access to Justice Through Technology: Principles for Judicial Branch Initiatives (PDF, 315 KB)
Item Number: SP11-15

Court Technology: Electronic Filing and Service in the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal (PDF, 195 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-27

Proposed Orders: Electronic Submission of Proposed Orders (PDF, 44 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-21

Electronic Service: Rule Amendments to Authorize Electronic Service by Notice and Hyperlink; Revision of Forms on Electronic Filing and Service (PDF, 428 KB)
Item Number: SPR10-22

Appellate Procedure: Electronic Filing Pilot Program in the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (PDF, 172 KB)
Item Number: W10-04

Electronic Filing and Service: Changes to the Rules (PDF, 171 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-26

Forms for Electronic Service: Consent to Electronic Service and Change of Electronic Notification Address (PDF, 103 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-27

Forms for Electronic Service: Proof of Service (PDF, 120 KB)
Item Number: SPR09-28

Electronic Filing and Service and Service by Fax (PDF, 707 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-22

Public Access to Electronic Records: Records in Proceedings to Prevent Elder or Dependent Adult Abuse or Workplace Violence (PDF, 530 KB)
Item Number: SPR07-23

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2019 Edition (PDF, 2674 KB)
Item Number: SP18-20

Please review and respond by October 26, 2018

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2018 Edition (PDF, 2566 KB)
Item Number: SP17-06

Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Forms and Rule on Ability to Pay in Traffic and Other Infraction Cases - SP17-04 (PDF, 1089 KB)
Item Number: SP17-04

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules, 2017 Edition (PDF, 2421 KB)
Item Number: SP16-12

Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Infraction Procedures Regarding Bail, Fines, Fees, and Assessments; Mandatory Courtesy Notices; and Ability to Pay Determinations (PDF, 329 KB)
Item Number: SP16-08

Traffic: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 371 KB)
Item Number: SP16-09

Traffic: Online Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 395 KB)
Item Number: SP16-10

Traffic and Criminal Procedure: Infraction Procedures Regarding Bail, Fines, and Assessments (PDF, 92 KB)
Item Number: SP16-02

Traffic: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 162 KB)
Item Number: SP16-03

Traffic: Online Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 187 KB)
Item Number: SP16-04

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2016 Edition (PDF, 871 KB)
Item Number: SP15-10

Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2015 Edition (PDF, 904 KB)
Item Number: SP14-11

Traffic and Criminal Law: Notice to Appear Forms (PDF, 762 KB)
Item Number: SP14-10

SP13-09 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules, 2014 Edition (PDF, 896 KB)
Item Number: SP13-09

Traffic: Automated Traffic Enforcement System Notice to Appear (PDF, 622 KB)
Item Number: W13-10

2013 Bail and Penalty Schedule (PDF, 756 KB)
Item Number: SP12-11

Traffic and Criminal Law: Notice to Appear Forms (PDF, 427 KB)
Item Number: SPR12-27

2012 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules (PDF, 1045 KB)
Item Number: SP11-17

Procedures and eligibility criteria for attending traffic violator school (PDF, 344 KB)
Item Number: SP11-01

2010 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules (PDF, 538 KB)
Item Number: SP09-08

2008 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules (revise schedules) (PDF, 462 KB)
Item Number: SP07-24

2009 Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules (PDF, 681 KB)
Item Number: SP08-08

Traffic Infractions: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeitures and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 136 KB)
Item Number: SP08-02

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Implementation of AB 3176 for Indian Children, SPR19-42 (PDF, 1727 KB)
Item Number: SPR19-42

The Tribal Court–State Court Forum (forum) and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommend adopting a new rule of court, amending several other California Rules of Court, and revising several forms for Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and juvenile court dependency proceedings to comply with statutory changes in Assembly Bill 3176 (Waldron; Stats. 2018, ch. 833) as well as changes to governing federal regulations and guidelines. The proposal also addresses technical amendments and corrections, and responds to several appellate court decisions regarding ICWA rules and forms.

Indian Child Welfare Act: Waiver of Certain Pro Hac Vice Requirements for Attorneys Representing Tribes in Indian Child Welfare Act cases (PDF, 89 KB)
Item Number: SPR18-39

The Tribal Court–State Court Forum recommends amending California Rules of Court, rule 9.40, governing out-of-state counsel appearing pro hac vice. The amendment would exempt from two of the requirements of rule 9.40 attorneys representing an Indian tribe in a child custody proceeding governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act (25 U.S.C. §§ 1903–1963; ICWA). Under ICWA, Indian parents and custodians are entitled to appointed counsel, and Indian tribes and custodians are entitled to intervene in state court child custody proceedings governed by ICWA. The California ICWA Compliance Task Force suggested that certain pro hac vice requirements should be waived for out-of-state attorneys in cases governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act to improve tribal representation in ICWA cases in California courts.

Family Law: Transfers of Title IV-D Child Support Cases Between State and Tribal Court (PDF, 189 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-18

Indian Child Welfare Act: Amend Rule 5.552 to Allow Indian Child’s Tribe Access to Court Records Consistent with Welfare and Institutions Code Section 827 (PDF, 224 KB)
Item Number: SPR17-16

Family and Juvenile Law: Transfers of Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) proceedings to Tribal Court (PDF, 694 KB)
Item Number: SPR15-27

Juvenile Law: Ensuring Tribal Receipt of Appellate Records (PDF, 152 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-12

Tribal Court Protective Orders: Registration and Enforcement (PDF, 124 KB)
Item Number: SPR11-53

Proposed Legislation for Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Court Civil Judgments (Code of Civ. Proc. §§ 1730 –1739) (PDF, 343 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-03

Proposed Legislation for Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Court Civil Judgments (PDF, 115 KB)
Item Number: LEG11-04

Juvenile Law: Psychotropic Medications (PDF, 160 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-18

Family Law: New Rule for Title IV-D Case Transfers to Tribal Court (PDF, 112 KB)
Item Number: SPR13-17

Proposed Legislation: Tribal Access to Confidential Juvenile Court Files (PDF, 80 KB)
Item Number: LEG13-03

Strategic Evaluation Committee Report (PDF, 2578 KB)
Item Number: SP12-05

The Strategic Evaluation Committee (SEC) was appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye in March 2011 to conduct an in-depth review of the AOC with a view toward promoting transparency, accountability, and efficiency.The Chief Justice received the report and recommendations on May 25. At its meeting on June 21, 2012, the Judicial Council accepted the report and directed that it be posted for public comment for 30 days. Comments received will be considered public and posted by name and organization under the Comments Received link below. The Judicial Council is the policy-making body for the judicial branch. References to specific cases, and judges, attorneys, parties, and others involved in a specific case may be redacted from posted comments on the SEC report.

Comments Received

June 21, 2012, Audiocast of Judicial Council Meeting SEC Report Public Comments, Presentation, and Discussion:

Items G and H: Report and Recommendations from SEC and Next Steps for SEC Recommendations
Discussion of Items G and H and Council Action