Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee

Purpose:
Contributes to the statewide administration of justice by monitoring areas of significance to the justice system and making recommendations to the Judicial Council on policy issues affecting the trial courts. (Cal Rules of Court, rule 10.46(a)-(b))

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

The Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC) is composed of the presiding judges of the superior courts in all 58 counties.

An 18-member executive committee may act on behalf of the full committee between meetings. The Executive Committee consists of all presiding judges from counties with 48 or more judges. In addition, it includes two presiding judges from counties with 2 to 5 judges, three presiding judges from counties with 6 to 15 judges, and four presiding judges from counties with 16 to 47 judges, all elected by the membership.  All members are presiding judges, unless otherwise noted.

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  • Hon. Brian L. McCabe, Chair, Superior Court of California, County of Merced
  • Hon. Jeffrey B. Barton,  Vice-Chair, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego
  • Hon. Jose L. Alva, Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
  • Hon. Brian R. Aronson, Superior Court of California, County of Sutter
  • Hon. Steven Austin, Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Hon. Raima Ballinger, Superior Court of California, County of Sonoma
  • Hon. Francis W. Barclay, Superior Court of California, County of Modoc
  • Hon. Steven D. Barnes, Superior Court of California, County of Kings
  • Hon. John A. Behnke, Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino
  • Hon. Andrew S. Blum, Superior Court of California, County of Lake
  • Hon. Mark Boessenecker, Superior Court of California, County of Napa
  • Hon. C. Todd Bottke, Superior Court of California, County of Tehama
  • Hon. Donald Cole Byrd, Superior Court of California, County of Glenn
  • Hon. Donald D. Coleman, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Hon. Kevin R. Culhane, Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
  • Hon. William J. Davis, Superior Court of California, County of Siskiyou
  • Hon. Stanley L. Eller, Superior Court of California, County of Mono
  • Hon. Charles H. Ervin, Superior Court of California, County of Sierra
  • Hon. William H. Follett, Superior Court of California, County of Del Norte
  • Hon. Robert Fracchia, Superior Court of California, County of Solano
  • Hon. Kimberly A. Gaab, Superior Court of California, County of Fresno
  • Hon. Gregory S. Gaul, Superior Court of California, County of Shasta
  • Hon. Debra L. Givens, Superior Court of California, County of Yuba
  • Hon. Robert A. Glusman, Superior Court of California, County of Butte
  • Hon. John L. Grandsaert, Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo
  • Hon. Denine J. Guy, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Cruz
  • Hon. Raymond L. Haight, III, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Hon. Timothy S. Healy, Superior Court of California, County of Calaveras
  • Hon. James E. Herman, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Barbara
  • Hon. J. S. Hermanson, Superior Court of California, County of Amador
  • Hon. Mark E. Hood, Superior Court of California, County of Monterey
  • Hon. Ira R. Kaufman, Superior Court of California, County of Plumas
  • Hon. Joyce D. Hinrichs, Superior Court of California, County of Humboldt
  • Hon. Harold W. Hopp, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Hon. Morris Jacobson, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
  • Hon. Elizabeth W. Johnson, Superior Court of California, County of Trinity
  • Hon. Suzanne N. Kingsbury, Superior Court of California, County of El Dorado
  • Hon. Thomas Kolpacoff, Superior Court of California, County of Alpine
  • Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Barry T. La Barbera, Superior Court of California, County of San Luis Obispo
  • Hon. Ernie LiCalsi, Superior Court of California, County of Madera
  • Hon. Charles Margines, Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Hon. Gary Paden, Superior Court of California, County of Tulare
  • Hon. Risë Jones Pichon, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
  • Hon. Alan V. Pineschi, Superior Court of California, County of Placer
  • Hon. Christopher J. Plourd, Superior Court of California, County of Imperial
  • Hon. David Rosenberg, Superior Court of California, County of Yolo
  • Hon. Donald Segerstrom, Superior Court of California, County of Tuolumne
  • Hon. Marie S. Silveira, Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus
  • Hon. Kelly V. Simmons, Superior Court of California, County of Marin
  • Hon. John S. Somers, Superior Court of California, County of Kern
  • Hon. John K. Stewart, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
  • Hon. Dean T. Stout, Superior Court of California, County of Inyo
  • Hon. Jeffrey A. Thompson,  Superior Court of California, County of Colusa
  • Hon B. Scott Thomsen, Superior Court of California, County of Nevada
  • Hon. Harry J. Tobias, Superior Court of California, County of San Benito
  • Hon. Michele Verderosa, Superior Court of California, County of Lassen
  • Hon. F. Dana Walton, Superior Court of California, County of Mariposa

Joint Subcommittees between Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC) and Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC)
  • Legislative Subcommittee
  • Rules Subcommittee
  • Technology Subcommittee

The Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee contributes to the statewide administration of justice by monitoring areas of significance to the justice system and making recommendations to the Judicial Council on policy issues affecting the trial courts. (Cal Rules of Court, rule 10.46(a)-(b)):
 
  • (1) Recommend methods and policies within its area of focus to improve trial court presiding judges' access to and participation in council decision making, increase communication between the council and the trial courts, and provide for training programs for judicial and court support staff;
     
  • (2) Respond and provide input to the Judicial Council, appropriate advisory committees, or the Judicial Council staff on pending policy proposals and offer new recommendations on policy initiatives in the areas of legislation, rules, forms, standards, studies, and recommendations concerning court administration; and
     
  • (3) Provide for liaison between the trial courts and the Judicial Council, its advisory committees, task forces, and working groups, and Judicial Council Staff.

Contact Information

Trial Court Leadership Services 
tcpjac@jud.ca.gov

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