Judicial Council

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The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) implements the council’s policies.

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Judicial Council Adopts Measures to Help Courts Manage Budgets
Jun 30, 2014

Actions taken by the council at its June 27 meeting in San Francisco will help the state's trial courts stay afloat. Despite a slight increase in funding for the judicial branch in the upcoming fiscal year, courts report that more layoffs and service reductions are coming. Visit InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis.

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Advisory Groups

To provide leadership for advancing the consistent, impartial, independent, and accessible administration of justice, the Judicial Council must be aware of the issues and concerns confronting the judiciary, as well as appropriate solutions and responses. The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its advisory committees and task forces.

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