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2013 Summary of Court-Related Legislation
The 2013 Summary of Court–Related Legislation has brief descriptions of new laws, arranged according to subject matter, that affect the courts or are of general interest to the legal community. The summary also includes statements for each new or amended statute that is determined to impact court operations and procedures; a table summarizing new laws that create or expand crimes; and an index with flags for bills affecting the distribution of fees, fines, etc. Select “2013” from the drop-down menu under “Legislative Summaries” below.
Spotlight on Assembly Bill 566
Since AB 566 was introduced in February 2013, the Judicial Council has taken a firm stance in opposition to the bill by Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) which restricts the trial courts’ ability to enter into contracts for services. It is set to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 12, 2013.
Advance Jury Fees
As part of the FY 2012-13 budget trailer language, recent amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure change the deadlines for deposit of advance jury fees and makes them non-refundable. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the new fee and changes affecting attorneys and parties.
Each year, the Judicial Council adopts legislative and budget priorities to pursue with the legislative and executive branches.
Each year, the Governmental Affairs Office distributes to all appellate courts a table of bills that affect appellate courts.
The Governmental Affairs Office monitors legislative activity and represents the Judicial Council before the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, and executive branch agencies and departments. The 2013 Legislative Policy Summary is an abstract of council action regarding court-related legislative proposals. The summary is organized by policy area and includes how the actions further the objectives of the six goals of Justice in Focus: The Strategic Plan for California’s Judicial Branch, 2006-2012. The table that follows each policy area shows actions taken on legislation that illustrate the policy. The table does not include every bill on which a council position was taken.