Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee

Purpose:
The committee makes recommendations to the Judicial Council on criteria for identifying and evaluating collaborative justice courts and for improving the processing of cases in these courts, which include drug courts, domestic violence courts, youth courts, and other collaborative justice courts.

Date Established: January 1, 2002

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Meeting (Teleconference)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Public Call-in Number: 1-877-820-7831 Passcode: 7505065 (Listen only)



 

 

The (23)-member advisory committee is comprised of superior court judges, court executives and advisory staff from the Administrative Office of the Courts and reports directly to the Judicial Council. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a one-year term. The current membership term runs until October 1, 2014.

Download the committee roster.

Hon. Richard Vlavianos, Chair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Joaquin

Hon. Rogelio R. Flores, Vice-Chair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Barbara

Ms. Jo Ann Allen
Manager, Student Support Services
Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Mr. Steve Binder
Deputy Public Defender
San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender

Mr. David A. Brooks
Attorney at Law
El Dorado Hills

Ms. Wendy Broughton
Chief Operating Officer
Mental Health Systems San Diego

Ms. Deborah M. Cima
Treatment Court Coordinator
Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino

Mr. Mack A. Jenkins
Chief Probation Officer
San Diego County Probation Department

Hon. Elizabeth Lee
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Mateo

Hon. Richard J. Loftus, Jr.
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Hon. Stephen V. Manley
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Hon. Eileen C. Moore
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal
Fourth Appellate District, Division Three

Ms. Sharon Owsley
Deputy Attorney General
California Department of Justice San Francisco

Ms. Jennifer Pabustan-Claar
Regional Manager
Riverside Department of Public Social Service

Captain Randolph Peshon
El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
Placerville

Ms. Maria Rocha
Drug Court Graduate
Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara

Mr. Paul Shapiro
Collaborative Courts Officer
Superior Court of California, County of Orange

Ms. Kulvindar "Rani" Singh
Deputy District Attorney
San Francisco County District Attorney's Office

Dr. Donald Strangio
Mediator-Evaluator
Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus

Hon. Dylan M. Sullivan
Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado

Ms. Kim Turner
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California, County of Marin

Hon. Michael Anthony Tynan
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Dr. Kathleen West
Center for Innovation and Research on
Veterans and Military Families Los Angeles

Judicial Council Staff to the Committee
Ms. Nancy Taylor, Lead Staff
Manager, Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Judicial Council of California

Juvenile Subcommittee

Members:

Mr. Mack A. Jenkins
Chief Probation Officer
San Diego Probation Department

Hon. Elizabeth Lee
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Mateo

Ms. Sharon Owsley
Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General

Ms. Jo Ann Allen
Manager
Student Support Services
Santa Cruz County Office of Education


Veterans Subcommittee

Members:

Hon. Eileen C. Moore
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
Fourth Appellate District, Division Three

Mr. Steve Binder
Deputy Public Defender
San Diego County Public Defender Office

Ms. Wendy Broughton
Chief Operating Officer
Mental Health Systems

Hon. Stephen V. Manley
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Dr. Kathleen West
Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
University of Southern California

 

 

The Judicial Council of California's Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee, created pursuant to rule 10.56 of the California Rules of Court, makes recommendations to the Judicial Council for developing collaborative justice courts, improving case processing, and overseeing the evaluation of these courts throughout the state. Examples of collaborative justice courts include drug courts, mental health courts, youth or peer courts, homeless courts, community courts, veterans' courts, parolee reentry courts and elder courts.

Background
Collaborative justice courts, sometimes referred to as problem-solving courts,
combine judicial supervision with intensive social and treatment services to offenders in lieu of jail or prisons. Collaborative justice principles include a multidisciplinary, nonadversarial team approach with involvement from the court, attorneys, law enforcement, and community treatment and service agencies to address offenders' complex social and behavioral problems. There are over 450 collaborative justice courts operating in California, with a collaborative court in nearly every jurisdiction.

Committee Structure
The Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is chaired by Judge Richard Vlavianos, Superior Court of San Joaquin County. Per rule 10.56 of the California Rules of Court, the committee comprises at least five judicial officers, a judicial administrators, a district attorney, a law enforcement representative, a public defender, a treatment providers, a probation officer, one treatment court-coordinator, a treatment court graduate and a public member.

The mission of the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee is to do the following:

  • Make recommendations to the Judicial Council on criteria for identifying and evaluating collaborative justice courts;
  • Assess and measure the success and effectiveness of collaborative justice courts;
  • Identify local best practices;
  • Recommend minimum judicial education standards and educational activities;
  • Advise the council of potential funding sources;
  • Make recommendations on grant funding programs administered by the AOC;
  • Recommend appropriate outreach activities to support collaborative justice courts.


Several committee projects have been developed to achieve these goals. Outreach and education activities include sponsoring annual conferences for peer and youth courts, drug and mental health courts, and homeless courts; developing internship programs for law school and social work students in collaborative courts throughout the state; and providing judicial education curricula in collaborative justice, mental health courts, DUI projects, and veterans' court programs. Research and evaluation projects include evaluations of mental health courts and parolee reentry courts, as well as a cost-benefit study of California's adult drug courts and the implementation of a web- based cost self-assessment tool that is available to drug courts interested in identifying their own costs and benefits.

The committee also makes funding allocation recommendations for the distribution of the Judicial Council Collaborative Justice Substance Abuse Focus Grant; assists local collaborative justice courts in grant and funding development; and co- administers state drug court funding with the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. The committee promotes the institutionalization, expansion, and enhancement of collaborative justice courts throughout the state by providing policy guidance to the Judicial Council and by establishing linkages with justice system partners at the state and local level.


Contact Information

Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Operations & Programs
collabjusticecomm@jud.ca.gov

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