From the Chief Justice

Sep 22, 2016

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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Civic Learning Awards 
The application period is now open for these awards, co-sponsored by the Chief Justice and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This year’s awards will recognize achievements in civics in California's public elementary, middle, and high schools. Applications are due Jan. 9, 2017.



$25 Million Grant Program for Trial and Appellate Courts

The Judicial Council is administering a $25 million grant program intended to promote innovation, modernization, and efficiency in trial and appellate courts. Grant applications must be submitted to the Judicial Council by October 31, 2016. For information about how to apply for a grant, please visit the program page.

Traffic/Infraction Amnesty Program

An amnesty program in California is now discounting traffic and non-traffic infractions that were due on or before Jan 1, 2013, and is helping those seeking driver's license reinstatements. The program runs through March 31, 2017. For information and links to local court websites, visit the program page.

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Of Current Interest

Oct 28, 2016

Recap of Oct 27-28 Council Meeting

The council took action on items related to court funding, judgeship needs, Court Adoption and Permanency Month, and more.
Oct 28, 2016

New Pre-trial Detention Work Group

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye created a working group to recommend ways to make the bail system fair while protecting the public and ensuring court appearances of defendants.
Oct 27, 2016

Court Filings Down in California

Approximately 90% of the decline occurred in matters that tend to be less complex, such as infractions, small claims, and cases in which the amount in dispute is $25,000 or less.
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