Public Comment Procedures

Public comment at Judicial Council meetings can provide valuable information for council members and enhance the council’s understanding of the issues coming before it. Public comment can be provided in writing before the meeting or in person on the day of the meeting.

General and Specific Public Comment
The agenda for each Judicial Council meeting specifies time for public comment on general matters of judicial administration. Time is also allotted for public comment on specific agenda items. Meeting agendas are posted here.

Comments pertaining to a specific court case will not be received.

Requests to Speak

Individuals can request in advance to speak at a council meeting, or they can make the request in person at the beginning of any council meeting.

What You Should Know

California Rules of Court outline procedures whereby a member of the public may speak at a council meeting, subject to the discretion of the council's Executive and Planning Committee. In an effort to extend the opportunities for public comment, the Chief Justice has provided more options for making requests to speak.

As the policy-making body for the California courts, the Judicial Council does not receive comments on individual cases.

Make a written request in advance.

Please provide the speaker’s first and last name and the specific agenda item or the topic to be addressed.

You can e-mail the request to judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov.

You can also send by postal mail or deliver in person to:

Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
Attention: Donna Ignacio

Each meeting agenda lists a timeframe for receipt of written requests. Those who submit a written request will receive a confirmation of receipt.

Make a request at the meeting.

Members of the public who attend a Judicial Council meeting in person can request to comment at the meeting. Requests to speak during the time reserved for general comment will be taken until the chair of the council’s Executive and Planning (E&P) Committee or a designee calls for public comment in the meeting.

Requests to speak on specific agenda items will be taken until the item is called before the presentation of the item.

At the meeting

  1. Please sign in at the reception table. Speakers are asked to print their first and last name along with the specific agenda item to be addressed or, if the comment concerns something not on the agenda, the topic to be addressed.
     
  2. General comments on judicial administration (that is, topics not on the meeting agenda) will be heard during the general public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
     
  3. Comments on specific agenda items will be heard before the presentation of the agenda item. Anyone wishing to speak on a specific agenda item should arrive at the beginning of the meeting day, as agenda times are subject to change.
     
  4. To accommodate the schedules of members of the public who prefer not to wait until the council hears a particular agenda item, speakers can choose to speak on a particular agenda item during the general public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.

Please be advised

  • Given time constraints, there is no guarantee that all who request to speak can be accommodated on the date requested. As an alternative when requests cannot be fulfilled for the date requested, written comments will be accepted and made available to the council.
     
  • The time allotted for public comment will vary according to the number of requests received and the time available on the agenda. If there are numerous requests, individual speaker time may be limited.
     
  • Three or more individuals may pool their time for one speaker. The Executive and Planning Committee will determine the amount of time given to that person with the understanding that the combined time will be less than the total time available to the individuals separately.
     
  • Members of the public who attend open meetings must remain orderly. The Chief Justice may order the removal of any disorderly persons.

Written Comments

Written comments on matters affecting judicial administration or specific agenda items at any Judicial Council meeting will be accepted and made available to the council. Written comments will not be received on matters relating to a particular case.

Written comments can be e-mailed to judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov or mailed or delivered to:

Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
Attention: Donna Ignacio

Each meeting agenda lists a timeframe for receipt of written comments.

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