Learn more about the plain language civil and criminal jury instructions adopted by the Judicial Council and that accurately convey the law using language that is understandable to jurors.
Invitations to Comment
We invite you to comment on proposed changes to the California Rules of Court, Standards of Judicial Administration, Judicial Council forms, California Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions, and Judicial Council–sponsored legislation.
State of the Judiciary
The 2017 State of the Judiciary address will be presented to a joint session of the state legislature on Monday, Mar 27 at 4PM. The address will be broadcast live on the California Channel.
The Judicial Council is administering a $25 million grant program intended to promote innovation, modernization, and efficiency in trial and appellate courts. The Judicial Council received numerous grant applications and will award grants to trial and appellate courts by March 30, 2017. For information about the grant program, visit the program page.
An amnesty program in California is now discounting traffic and non-traffic infractions that were due on or before Jan 1, 2013, and is helping those seeking driver's license reinstatements. The program runs through April 3, 2017 (Note new date). For information and links to local court websites, visit the program page.