Workgroup to Evaluate Progress on Trial Court Funding

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November 2, 2012

New Inter-branch Group to Evaluate Progress on State Trial Court Funding

Workgroup selected by Chief Justice and Governor to hold first meeting

Video of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye introducing the work of the Trial Court Funding Workgroup (2:34min)

SACRAMENTO— A working group established by the Chief Justice and the Governor to evaluate progress on state trial court funding will hold its first meeting Nov 6 in Sacramento.

As part of the state’s May Budget Revision for fiscal year 2012–2013, the Governor proposed establishing a working group to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the state’s progress in achieving the goals outlined in the Lockyer-Isenberg Trial Court Funding Act of 1997. That legislation provided that the state assume primary responsibility for funding trial court operations.

The new Trial Court Funding Workgroup consists of 10 members, 6 selected by the Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and 4 selected by Governor Brown. The workgroup can seek input and data, as necessary, from other judicial branch stakeholders to assist in its analysis.

The workgroup’s first meeting is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Nov 6 at the Administrative Office of the Courts, 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400, in Sacramento.

The workgroup plans to submit a final report to the Judicial Council and the Governor by April 2013.