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Proposals currently open for public comment

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Proposals Open for Public Comment by Topic
Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Appellate

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Civil and Small Claims

Civil Forms: Notice of Application for Recognition and Entry of Tribal Court Money Judgment (PDF, 218 KB)
Item Number: W15-01
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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The proposed Notice of Application for Recognition and Entry of Tribal Court Money Judgment (form EJ-115) is mandated by the Legislature in the recently enacted Tribal Courts Civil Money Judgment Act. See Senate Bill 406 (Stats. 2014, ch. 243). That new law provides for the enforcement of certain tribal court money judgments in state courts. The statute requires that the judgment creditor in the tribal court action use a form prescribed by the Judicial Council to serve the judgment debtor with notice of filing the application for recognition of the judgment, and serve the form in the same manner as service of a summons. The proposed form is intended to comply with those requirements.

Civil Forms: Confidential Information Form (PDF, 255 KB)
Item Number: W15-02
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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The proposed new Confidential Information Form Under Civil Code Section 1708.85 (form MC-125) has been developed to implement Assembly Bill 2643 (Stats. 2014, ch. 859). That new law creates a private right of action against a person who distributes sexually explicit material and authorizes a plaintiff in such an action to proceed using a pseudonym instead of his or her true name. In addition, all parties are to avoid or redact certain identifying information from any pleading filed in the action. The law mandates that the Judicial Council, by July 1, 2015, adopt a confidential information form on which the parties are to provide the plaintiff’s true name and any redacted material to the court, so that the information may be kept outside the public record.

Court Interpreters: Request for Interpreter (PDF, 239 KB)
Item Number: W15-03
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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In early 2014, the Judicial Council directed the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee to create a new form for parties to use to request court interpreters in civil matters. Later in 2014, the Judicial Council sponsored legislation to add a section to the Government Code to authorize courts, subject to available funding, to provide interpreters to parties in civil actions at no cost to the parties, regardless of the income of the parties. Assembly Bill 1657 (Stats. 2014, ch. 721) enacts that provision as well as prioritizing the types of civil cases in which courts should provide interpreters when funds are insufficient to provide them in all civil matters.  In this proposal, the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee proposes a model form, Request for Court Interpreter (Civil Actions), that local courts may adopt or use as a template for a local form and recommends a rule of court mandating that courts adopt and publish procedures for accepting and processing such requests. The committee also solicits comments on whether the council’s adoption of Request for Court Interpreter (Civil Actions) as a statewide mandatory form would be a better alternative at this time than its recommending a model local form.

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI)

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Code of Judicial Ethics

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Court Interpreters

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Court Technology

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Criminal

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Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM)

Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) Revisions (PDF, 1421 KB)
Item Number: CALCRIM 2014
Deadline for Comments: December 31, 2014 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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Domestic Violence

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Elder and Adult Abuse

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Enhanced Collections

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Facilities

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Family and Juvenile

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Judicial Administration

Judicial Branch Education: Court Executive Officers Education (PDF, 127 KB)
Item Number: W15-04
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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Rule 10.473 addresses education for trial court executive officers. Among other provisions, it requires that continuing education be completed every three years and that half of the required hours be live, face-to-face education.

In June 2012, the Judicial Council’s Rules and Projects Committee asked advisory committees to submit suggestions for changes to rules and forms that could result in cost savings or efficiencies for the courts. As part of that process, various trial court executive officers suggested that rule 10.473 be repealed or amended to reduce training costs to trial courts for required training for court executive officers. The Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC) and Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC) propose amending rule 10.473 to accomplish this goal. The TCPJAC and CEAC do not recommend repeal of the rule because of the value of education in the judicial branch.

Trial Courts: Reporting of Reciprocal Assignment Orders (PDF, 1039 KB)
Item Number: W15-05
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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Rule 10.630 of the California Rules of Court addresses the reporting of reciprocal assignment orders. It defines a reciprocal assignment order as “an order issued by the Chief Justice that permits judges in courts of different counties to serve in each other’s courts.” The rule also requires the trial courts to report monthly to the Judicial Council each assignment of a judge from another county to its court under a reciprocal assignment order.

At the August 30, 2013, business meeting of the Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC), the committee members discussed the monthly reporting requirement mandated by rule 10.630 and agreed that because this reporting requirement appears to serve no beneficial purpose and is unnecessarily burdensome to the courts, the rule should be reviewed for possible amendment or repeal. After careful review, the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee and CEAC jointly propose amending rule 10.630 to achieve efficiencies and cost savings.

Temporary Judges: Reporting on Use of Attorneys as Court-Appointed Temporary Judges (PDF, 118 KB)
Item Number: W15-06
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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The Trial Court Presiding Judges and the Court Executives Advisory Committees (the committees) recommend the repeal of the provision in California Rules of Court, rule 10.742(c) that requires each trial court that uses temporary judges to record and report on a quarterly basis the number of temporary judges used in that court; the types and number of cases in which temporary judges were used each month; and whether any appointments were made under the exception in rule 2.810(d). Because the information that the rule requires courts to report on has not been used, is not necessary for court operations, and is burdensome for the courts and the branch to collect and report, the committees recommend the repeal of subdivision (c) of rule 10.742 and the related reference to the reporting requirement in subdivision (d) of rule 2.810. This proposal is part of the ongoing set of proposals to provide for cost savings and efficiencies in the trial courts.

Judicial Administration: Changes to Delegations in Rules of Court (PDF, 253 KB)
Item Number: W15-07
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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The Rules and Projects Committee recommends that rules 10.70, 10.101, and 10.804 of the California Rules of Court be amended to change the Judicial Council’s delegations of authority to better align them with council governance policies. This need arises from the October 17, 2013 recommendations of the Executive and Planning Committee to the council concerning delegations of authority that the council has issued to its Administrative Director.

Legislative Proposals

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Military Service

Military Service: Notification of Military Status (PDF, 998 KB)
Item Number: W15-08
Deadline for Comments: January 23, 2015 5:00 PM (Pacific)
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At the recommendation of the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee, the Judicial Council adopted revisions to the optional Notification of Military Status (form MIL-100), effective January 1, 2015. These revisions respond to recent legislation directing courts to (1) inform criminal defendants at arraignment that there are provisions of law designed for former or current military service members who have been charged with a crime and (2) that the defendant may request a copy of the Judicial Council military form explaining those rights. The legislation directed the Judicial Council to revise the military form accordingly. The committee now seeks public comment on the revised form that was adopted January 1, 2015, and will consider additional proposed revisions to be effective July 1, 2015.

Minors Compromises

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Miscellaneous

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Preliminary Solicitation: Early Draft Open Meeting Rule

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Probate and Mental Health

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Protective Orders

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SEC Report

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Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts

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Supreme Court

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Traffic

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Tribal Court–State Court Forum

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Other

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Special Cycle

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Of Interest

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics has posted a new proposal to amend Canons 3, 4, and 5. Deadline: January 12, 2015.

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455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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