Invitations to Comment

Proposals currently open for public comment

Submitting comments

Please note that comments received will become part of the public record. You may submit comments online, or mail or E-mail them as specified beneath each proposal below.

Proposals Open for Public Comment by Topic
Administration

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

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Appellate

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Civil and Small Claims

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Civil Jury Instructions (CACI)

Civil Jury Instructions (CACI16-02) (PDF, 1003 KB)
Item Number: CACI16-02
Deadline for Comments: August 26, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov

The Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions has approved and posted for public comment its 29th release of proposed revisions and additions to the civil instructions (CACI). This release includes proposed new and revised instructions and verdict forms in response to developments in the law over the last six months, The committee is very interested in your input. Our preferred way of receiving your comments is in a Word file attached to an e-mail sent to civiljuryinstructions@jud.ca.gov.

You can also use this form for your comments.

Code of Judicial Ethics

Proposed Amendments to Canon 3E and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 47 KB)
Item Number: SP16-06
Deadline for Comments: September 20, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics proposes several amendments to canon 3E of the code.  Canon 3E addresses the disqualification of appellate justices and trial court judges and disclosure by trial court judges.  After receiving and reviewing comments on these proposals, the committee will make recommendations to the Supreme Court regarding the proposed amendments.  The full text of the proposed amendments is attached.

Proposed Amendments to Canon 5B(1)(b) and Commentary of the Code of Judicial Ethics (PDF, 38 KB)
Item Number: SP16-07
Deadline for Comments: September 20, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics proposes amendments to canon 5B(1)(b) of the code. The proposed amendments would clarify that a judge who makes false or misleading statements during an election campaign or the appointment process violates canon 5B(1)(b). After receiving and reviewing comments on this proposal, the committee will make recommendations to the Supreme Court regarding the proposed amendments. The full text of the proposed amended canon is attached.

Court Interpreters

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Court Technology

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Criminal

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Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM)

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Disability Access Litigation

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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

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Legislative Proposals

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Military Service

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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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Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts

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Supreme Court

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Technology

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Traffic

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
Deadline for Comments: August 26, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Traffic Advisory Committee and Criminal Law Advisory Committee propose amending rule 4.105 and adopting rules 4.106, 4.107, and 4.335 of the California Rules of Court. The proposed amendments to rule 4.105 would improve notice to defendants about the court procedures for traffic infraction cases by requiring that trial court websites include a link to the statewide self-help information posted on the California courts website. Proposed new rule 4.106 would standardize and improve court procedures and notice to defendants regarding failures to appear or failures to pay bail, court-imposed fines, fees, and assessments for infraction offenses. Proposed new rule 4.107, would convert standard 4.41 of the California Standards of Judicial Administration into a standing rule of court, requiring that trial courts send “courtesy notices” to traffic defendants before an initial appearance, and would specify information that must be provided to defendants in those notices. Judicial Administration Standard 4.41 would be repealed. Lastly, proposed new rule 4.335 would standardize and improve court procedures and notice to infraction defendants related to ability-to-pay determinations.

Traffic: Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 371 KB)
Item Number: SP16-09
Deadline for Comments: August 26, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Traffic Advisory Committee proposes revising forms TR-300 and TR-310 for installment payments for traffic infractions. Revision of the forms is recommended to standardize and improve court procedures related to installment payment plans for infraction offenses and to advise defendants of the availability of community service and the right to have their ability to pay bail, court-imposed fines, fees, and assessments considered. The committee developed the revised forms in response to Judicial Council directives to consider recommendations to promote access to justice in all infraction cases. This proposal was previously circulated for public comment this spring. In light of the comments received and other developments, the committee has revised the proposal and recommended its recirculation on an expedited basis to allow it to go into effect on January 1, 2017, if adopted.

Traffic: Online Installment Payment of Bail Forfeiture and Traffic Violator School Fees (PDF, 395 KB)
Item Number: SP16-10
Deadline for Comments: August 26, 2016 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Traffic Advisory Committee proposes new forms and a companion rule of court for online installment payments for traffic infractions. Forms TR-300 (online) and TR-310 (online) are designed for use in online interfaces that allow defendants to enter into installment payment agreements under Vehicle Code sections 40510.5 and 42007. New companion rule 4.108 of the California Rules of Court would allow for the use of online interfaces to form installment payment agreements and would require that defendants be advised of their rights before entering into an agreement. It would also provide that forms TR-300 (online) and TR-310 (online) are alternative mandatory forms intended for use in these online interfaces.

Tribal Court–State Court Forum

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Other

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SEC Report

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Special Cycle

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Contact Information

Unless otherwise indicated, send responses to:

Judicial Council of California
Attn: Invitations to Comment
455 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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