Commissioned: March 29, 2011—June 23, 2012
Chair: Judge Charles Wachob, Placer County Superior Court
Purpose: directed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to conduct an in-depth review of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the administrative arm of the California Judicial Council.
Status: The Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee presented its recommendations based on the SEC report to realign the AOC. Implementation of those recommendations are now underway.
July 23, 2012: SEC Comment Period Closes
June 21, 2012: Judicial Council Accepts SEC Report
June 5, 2012: Chief Justice Releases Status Update to SEC report
May 25, 2012: Committee Evaluating AOC for Chief Justice Files Final Report
May 25, 2012: Strategic Evaluation Committee Final Report with cover letter
Jan 27, 2012: Chief Justice Accepts Resignation of Justice Scotland from Strategic Evaluation Committee
Work of Committee Will Continue
Jan 11, 2012: The Strategic Evaluation Committee's Progress Report Presented to the Chief Justice
March 29, 2011: Chief Justice Names Strategic Evaluation Committee Members
Committee will conduct in-depth review of AOC
Final Report: presented to the Chief Justice on May 25, 2012 and presented to the Judicial Council on June 21.
June 21, 2012
Audio: Chief Justice's remarks, public comments and SEC presentation of the final report (122 min) presented to the Judicial Council
Mr. David Caffrey (Retired), Cabinet Secretary, Deukmejian Administration; Deputy Chief of Staff, Wilson Administration
Liaison to Chair and SEC:
Ms. Jody Patel, Interim Administrative Director of the Courts
May 1, 2011, the SEC becomes effective. Administrative Presiding Justice Arthur Scotland of the Third Appellate District Court of Appeal in Sacramento serves as Chair.
May 2-3, 2011, the committee held its first meeting.
July 2011, the committee met again and formalized and distributed more than 3,500 surveys to every state judicial officer, including retirees within the past 5 years. Surveys were also sent to the appellate districts, CEOs, and directors, unit managers and staff of the AOC, including retirees within the past 5 years.
Aug 2011, the committee recommended that the position of the Administrative Director of the Courts, established by voters in 1960, be retained.
Jan 10, 2012, committee chair Justice Arthur Scotland submitted this progress report to the chief justice.
Jan 27, 2012, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye accepts the resignation of Justice Arthur Scotland as chair of the SEC (news release). Assistant Presiding Judge Charles D. Wachob of the Superior Court of Placer County and Presiding Judge Brian L. McCabe of the Superior Court of Merced County assume leadership of the committee as Chair and Vice-Chair.
Feb 2012, Justice Douglas Miller, chair of the Judicial Council's Executive and Planing Committee presented this update (2:34) to the Judicial Council stating the SEC's plans to deliver its final report in April 2012.
Mar 5, 2012, the SEC submits its final report to the chief justice news release.
Mar 2012, the chief justice requests from the Interim Administrative Director of the Courts a status update on changes currently and already implemented at the AOC since her swearing in as chief justice in Jan 2011 news release. The status report is available here.
June 21, 2012, the Judicial Council accepts the report of the SEC and posts it for public comment for 30 days (news release)