The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) implements the council’s policies.
At the Feb 20 meeting, Judge Stephen Baker reported on his visits to the trial courts in Modoc and Humboldt Counties. He reported that the courts' funding reductions have led to concerns over courthouse security, staff reductions, and reduced services to the public. The council took action on funding allocations and other important issues affecting access to justice for Californians. MORE»
To provide leadership for advancing the consistent, impartial, independent, and accessible administration of justice, the Judicial Council must be aware of the issues and concerns confronting the judiciary, as well as appropriate solutions and responses. The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its advisory committees and task forces.