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

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

The advisory committee is comprised of superior court judges, court executives, advocates, subject matter experts, and advisory staff from the Judicial Council and reports directly to the Judicial Council of California. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice for a one-year term. The current membership term runs until October of this year.

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  • 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
  • Hon. Lawrence G. Brown, Judge of the Superior Court of California,
    County of Sacramento
  • Mr. Scott D. Brown, Senior Administrative Analyst Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • 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
  • Undersheriff 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
  • 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

  • Ms. Jo Ann Allen, Manager, Student Support Services Santa Cruz County Office of Education
  • 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. Kulvindar "Rani" Singh, Deputy District Attorney San Francisco County District Attorney's Office

Veterans Subcommittee

  • Mr. Steve Binder, Deputy Public Defender San Diego County Public Defender Office
  • Ms. Wendy Broughton, Chief Operating Officer Mental Health Systems
  • Hon. Sam Lavorato, Jr., Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • 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
  • Mr. Paul Shapiro, Collaborative Courts Officer Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • 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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