Outreach Activities

Contact Info

Governmental Affairs
770 L Street, Suite 1240
Sacramento, California 95814-3368

Tel: 916-323-3121 

Governmental Affairs Advocacy Contacts Fact Sheet

Staff at the Office of Governmental Affairs promote effective communications within the judicial branch and with the legislative and executive branches of state government by coordinating and staffing outreach activities with groups such as the Bench/Bar Coalition (BBC), the California Judges Association, and the California Courts Association-Legislative Committee.

Day on the Bench

The Day-on-the-Bench is a statewide program co-sponsored by the California Judges Association in which legislators will spend approximately a half day visiting a court in the legislator's district. During the visit, the legislator will observe court proceedings, tour court facilities, meet with a host judge and perhaps the presiding judge and court administrator, and discuss issues of mutual concern about the courts and the judiciary.

The program is designed to give legislators a personal understanding of the volume, complexity, and variety of daily duties and responsibilities of a judge, as well as an understanding of the conditions of the court. This experience is intended to impress upon legislators the significant role played by the courts and the justice system, their impact on the daily lives of Californians, and the need for legislative support.  

Liaison Program

Related to its advocacy function, the liaison program is the Office of Governmental Affairs' ongoing effort to maintain contact and work cooperatively with groups involved in the judicial system, including the California Judges Association (CJA), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), the State Bar, plaintiffs' and defense bars, and others. Where our positions on issues concur, we form alliances to enhance our advocacy efforts. When our positions on particular issues differ, we negotiate to reach agreement whenever possible. Working with other groups toward achieving common goals has been a longstanding historical component of OGA's work.

Statewide Bench/Bar Coalition

In 1993, under the leadership of the California Association of Local Bars (CALB), a statewide Bench/Bar Coalition (BBC), (Membership Application) was established to enhance communication and coordinate activities between the judicial community and the state, local, and specialty bars on issues of common interest, particularly in the legislative arena. In addition to conference calls and in-person meetings, the BBC meets with legislators at the State Capitol during "Day in Sacramento" activities.

Bench-Bar Coalition event information and meeting materials can be accessed by clicking on the desired item(s) posted below:

Date Event/Location Agenda, Meeting Materials
Monday, October 20, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call  

Friday, September 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

BBC Fall 2014 Membership Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California BBC Membership Meeting (no charge; registration required)

Monday, July 28, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call Agenda
Monday, April 14, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call Agenda

Monday, March 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

State of the Judiciary and BBC Day in Sacramento Itinerary

Monday, January 27, 2014
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

BBC Quarterly Membership Conference Call

Agenda

Friday, October 11, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

BBC Fall 2013 Membership Meeting
2013 Annual Meeting of the State Bar of California, San Jose, California

Agenda

For more information regarding the Bench-Bar Coalition, please contact the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, Office of Governmental Affairs at 916-323-3121.

California Courts Association-Legislative Committee

During the legislative session, the California Courts Association-Legislative Committee (CCA-LC) meets with the staff of the Judicial Council's Office of Governmental Affairs (OGA) to share information and develop positions on legislation.

CCA-LC also works with OGA advocates to produce the annual Legislative Summary which provides information on legislation impacting the courts to court administrators and staff. For more information about the annual Legislative Summary, contact OGA at (916) 323-3121.

Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

The Office of Governmental Affairs co-directs the Judicial Administration Fellowship Program (JAFP) which is a partnership between the Judicial Council and the Center for California Studies Capital Fellows Program.

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