Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee

Purpose:
Makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children.

Date Established: 1993

 

Under rule 10.43 of the California Rules of Court, the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee includes members in the following categories: appellate court justice, trial court judicial officer, judicial administrator, child custody mediator, family law attorney, juvenile law attorney, chief probation officer, child welfare director, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) director, county counsel, domestic violence advocate, district attorney, child support attorney, and public interest children’s rights attorney.

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Hon. Kimberly J. Nystrom-Geist, Cochair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Fresno

Hon. Jerilyn L. Borack, Cochair
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Hon. Louise Bayles-Fightmaster
Commissioner of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

Mr. Robert J. Bayer
Court Program Manager
Superior Court of California,
County of Ventura

Hon. C. Todd Bottke
Assistant Presiding Judge of the
Superior Court of California,
County of Tehama

Hon. Carolyn M. Caietti
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Hon. Carol D. Codrington
Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal,
Fourth Appellate District, Division Two

Hon. Michael J. Convey
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Ms. Denise L. Cummings
Deputy District Attorney
Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

Ms. Christine N. Donovan
Senior Staff Attorney
Superior Court of California,
County of Solano

Mr. Frank E. Dougherty, Ph.D
Attorney at Law

Ms. Sylvia Duran
Deputy County Counsel IV
Tehama County Counsel

Hon. Michael Gassner
Commissioner of the
Superior Court of California,
County of San Bernardino

Hon. Scott M. Gordon
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Ms. Cathi Grams
Director
Butte County Department Employment
and Social Services

Mr. José Octavio Guillén
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

Ms. Leslie Heimov
Executive Director
Children’s Law Center of California

Ms. Kathleen L. Hrepich
Interim Director and Chief Counsel
Department of Child Support Services

Hon. Susan D. Huguenor (Ret.)
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Diego

Hon. Mark A. Juhas
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of San Francisco

Ms. Sharon M. Lawrence
Executive Director
Voices for Children, Inc.

Ms. Patricia Lee
Managing Attorney
San Francisco Public Defender's Office

Hon. Thomas T. Lewis
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Susan J. Matcham
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Monterey

Hon. Cindee F. Mayfield
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Mendocino

Hon. Amy M. Pellman
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

Hon. Jaime R. Román
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Sacramento

Ms. Rebecca L. Ross
Attorney
Superior Court of California,
County of San Mateo

Ms. Julie Saffren
Attorney
Law Offices of Julie Saffren

Mr. Jim Salio
Chief Probation Officer
San Luis Obispo County Probation Department

Hon. Patrick E. Tondreau
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Santa Clara

Ms. Alicia Valdez Wright, Esq.
Family Law Facilitator
Self-Help Center
Superior Court of California,
County of San Luis Obispo

COURT EXECUTIVES ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON

Mr. José Octavio Guillén
Court Executive Officer
Superior Court of California,
County of Sonoma

GOVERNING COMMITTEE OF THE CJER LIAISON

Hon. Mark A. Juhas
Judge of the Superior Court of California,
County of Los Angeles

TRIAL COURT PRESIDING JUDGES ADVISORY COMMITTEE LIAISON

Hon. Kathleen M. White
Assistant Presiding Judge
Superior Court of California,
County of Yolo

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL  AFFAIRS LIAISON

Mr. Alan Herzfeld
Associate Attorney
Office of Governmental Affairs
Administrative Office of the Courts

AOC LEAD COMMITTEE STAFF

Ms. Julia Weber (F)
Supervising Attorney
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts

Ms. Audrey Fancy (J)
Supervising Attorney
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts

AOC STAFF TO THE COMMITTEE

Ms. Carolynn Bernabe
Senior Administrative Coordinator
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts

Standing Subcommittees

  • Family Law Subcommittee
  • Juvenile Law Subcommittee

Background

The Judicial Council of California’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children. The committee is staffed by the Center for Families, Children & the Courts of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the council’s staff agency.

Mission

The mission of the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee is to:

  • Identify issues and concerns confronting judicial administration regarding family and juvenile law, procedure, and practice; and
  • Address issues related to domestic violence, self-represented litigants, juvenile delinquency and dependency, adoption, and general family law.


On an ongoing basis, the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee:

  • Reviews pending legislation regarding family and juvenile matters;
  • Reviews suggestions from the public for improving the administration of family and juvenile cases and recommends appropriate action to the council or one of its committees; and 
  • Proposes to the council changes in rules, forms, and standards for family and juvenile cases.

Contact Information

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

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