August 21-22, 2014 Judicial Council Meetings

Judicial Council sealOpen to the Public (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.6(a))
Ronald M. George State Office Complex
William C. Vickrey Judicial Council Conference Center
Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688


Thursday August 21, 2014 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m

Meeting materials will be hyperlinked to agenda titles as soon as possible after approval by the Executive and Planning Committee. Time is estimated. Actual start and end times may vary.

Closed Session (Rule 10.6(B))–Personnel and Other Confidential Matters

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session

Break 12:00–1:00 p.m. (approx.)

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A)) Meeting Agenda (Items 1-5)

1:00–1:05 p.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the July 2 and July 29, 2014, Judicial Council meetings.

1:05–1:15 p.m. Chief Justice's Report

1:15–1:25 p.m. Administrative Director's Report

Item 1 1:25–2:25 p.m.
Budget: Department of Finance Presentation Outlook on the State Budget for 2014–2015 (No Action Required) 

Break 2:25–2:35 p.m.

Item 2 2:35–3:00 p.m.
Civic Education: Final Report of the California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning Task Force and the Fair and Free Video (No Action Required)

Item 3 3:00–3:20 p.m.
Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act: Selection of Pilot Projects (Action Required)

Item 4 3:20–4:20 p.m.
Judicial Branch Administration: Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plans (Action Required)

Break 4:20–4:30 p.m. (transition from third floor to lower level)

Item 5 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Judicial Council Distinguished Service Awards and the Benjamin J. Aranda III Access to Justice Award: Recipients for 2014 (There are no materials for this item. No action required.)

Friday August 22, 2014 8:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A)) Meeting Agenda

8:30–8:50 a.m. Judicial Council Committee Presentations

Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee, Hon. Kenneth K. So, Chair
Executive and Planning Committee, Hon. Douglas P. Miller, Chair
Rules and Projects Committee, Hon. Harry E. Hull, Jr., Chair
Technology Committee, Hon. James E. Herman, Chair

8:50–9:20 a.m. Judicial Council Members' Liaison Reports

9:20–9:35 a.m. Public Comment

The Judicial Council welcomes public comment, as it can enhance the council's understanding of the issues coming before it. To accommodate members of the public, the Judicial Council encourages those who wish to comment at the meeting, on either a specific agenda item or on a more general topic of judicial administration, to provide notice in order to ensure that all requests are acknowledged during the meeting.

Notice can be provided in two ways:

  1. Written notice by 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2014,
    • by e-mail to, or
    • by postal mail or delivery in person to:
      Judicial Council of California
      455 Golden Gate Avenue
      San Francisco, California 94102-3688
      Attention: Cliff Alumno

      In the notice, please state the speaker's first and last name and the specific agenda item to be addressed or, if not on the agenda, the topic to be addressed.
  1. Sign in at the meeting reception, on the day of the meeting
    • before the call for general public comment, or
    • before the specific agenda item of interest is introduced.

All requests will be allocated three minutes.

Please note that anyone wishing to speak on a specific agenda topic should arrive at the beginning of the meeting on which the agenda item will be heard, as agenda times are subject to change.

The Judicial Council is the policy-making body for the judicial branch. Comments pertaining to a specific court case will not be received.

Written Comments
Written comments pertaining to a matter affecting judicial administration or an item on this agenda may be e-mailed to, or mailed or delivered to:
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
Attention: Cliff Alumno

Written comments received by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, will be distributed to council members at the meeting. All comments received will be posted directly to the public Judicial Council web page.

Consent Agenda (Items A–F)

Item A
Jury Instructions: Revisions to Criminal Jury Instructions (Action Required)

Item B
Collaborative Justice: Recommended Allocations of Fiscal Year 2014–2015 Substance Abuse Focus Grants (Action Required)

Item C
Court Facilities: Senate Bill 1407 Project Funding Requests and Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for Fiscal Year 2015–2016 (Action Required)

Item D
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance (Action Required)

Item E
Judicial Administration: Designation of the Violence Against Women Education Project Planning Committee as a Standing Subcommittee of the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee (Action Required)

Item F
Subordinate Judicial Officers: Notification to Legislature on Conversions (Action Required) 

Discussion Agenda (Items G-O)

Item G 9:35–9:50 a.m.
California’s Language Access Plan: Update on Development of the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts (No Action Required)

Item H 9:50–10:05 a.m.
Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care: Final Report (Action Required)

Item I 10:05–10:25 a.m.
Judicial Branch Administration: Council Oversight of Judicial Council Contracts (Action Required)

Break 10:25–10:40 a.m.

Item J 10:40–11:15 a.m.
Budget: Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Budget Requests for Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Judicial Council and Judicial Branch Facilities Program (Action Required)

Item K 11:15–11:30 a.m.
Judicial Branch Technology: Budget Change Proposal Update (Action Required)

Item L 11:30–11:40 a.m.
Trial Courts: Benefit Funding Process (No Action Required)

Item M 11:40 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Court Facilities: Disposition of Vacant State-Owned Court Facilities (Action Required)

Item N 12:00–12:20 p.m.
Family Law: New Online “Parenting After Separation” Course (No Action Required)

Item O 12:20–12:45 p.m.
Judicial Branch Education: Demonstration of New Judicial Branch Education Website CJER Online (No Action Required)


Information Only Items (No Action Required)

Info 1
Judicial Council: Implementation of Judicial Council Directives on Judicial Council Staff Restructuring

Info 2
Government Code Section 68106: Public Notice by Courts of Closures or Reduced Clerks' Office Hours (Gov. Code, § 68106—Report No. 26)

Info 3
Trial Courts: Court Realignment Data (Calendar Year 2013)

Info 4
Disposition of Judicial Council of California Equity in Calexico Courthouse

Circulating Orders since the last business meeting

Appointment Orders since the last business meeting