October 27-28, 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


Monday, October 27, 2014 • 1:30 p.m.–4:00 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))

1:30–1:50 p.m. Session

Break 1:50–2:00 p.m. (approx.)

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

2:00–2:15 p.m. Swearing in of New and Reappointed Judicial Council Members and the Administrative Director

2:15–2:20 p.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the August 21–22 and September 2, 2014, Judicial Council meetings.

2:20–2:35 p.m. Chief Justice's Report

  • Audiocast (10:05) (combining approval of minutes and Chief’s report)

2:35–2:50 p.m. Administrative Director's Report

Item 1 2:50–3:05 p.m.
Family and Juvenile Law: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the California Courts (No Action Required) 

3:05–3:35 p.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., Thursday, October 23, 2014,
    • by e-mail to judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov, 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.

Each speaker will have three minutes or less, depending on the number of requests, to address the council

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 judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov, 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 Friday, October 24, 2014, will be distributed to council members at the meeting. All comments received will be posted directly to the public Judicial Council web page.

Item 2 (Deferred)

Item 3 3:35–3:50 p.m.
Trial Courts: Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program (No Action Required)

Item 4 3:50–4:00 p.m.
Judicial Branch Administration: Update to Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plan (Action Required)

Tuesday October 28, 2014 8:30 a.m.–12:50 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

8:50–9:15 a.m. Judicial Council Members' Liaison Reports

Consent Agenda (Items A1– A17 through K)

Audiocast (3:24)


Item A1
Appellate Procedure: Confidential Records (Action Required)

Item A2
Appellate Procedure: Extensions of Time to File Briefs (Action Required)

Item A3
Appellate Procedure: Judicial Notice Requests (Action Required)

Item A4
Appellate Procedure: Record in Juvenile Appeals (Action Required)

Criminal Law

Item A5
Criminal Justice Realignment: Petition and Order for Dismissal (Action Required)

Item A6
Criminal Justice Realignment: Petitions for Revocation of Supervision (Action Required)

Civil and Small Claims

Item A7

Family and Juvenile Law

Item A8
Child Support: Revise Income Withholding for Support and Related Instructions (Action Required)

Item A9
Family Law: Petition and Response for Dissolution, Legal Separation, and Nullity of Marriage and Domestic Partnership (Action Required)

Item A10
Family Law: Uniform Standards of Practice for Providers of Supervised Visitation (Action Required)

Item A11
Family and Juvenile Law: Parentage (Action Required)

Item A12
Juvenile Dependency: Attorney Training (Action Required)

Item A13
Juvenile Dependency: Information Form for Parents (Action Required)


Item A14
Judicial Administration: Rule for Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (Action Required)

Item A15
Rules and Forms: Miscellaneous Technical Changes (Action Required)

Probate and Mental Health

Item A16
Decedents’ Estates: Waiver of Bond by Beneficiaries of Estates (Action Required)

Item A17
Probate Conservatorship and Guardianship: Accounting Schedules for Gains and Losses on Sales of Estate Assets (Action Required)

Item B
2014 Report to the Legislature: Judicial Administration Standards and Measures That Promote the Fair and Efficient Administration of Justice (Action Required)

Item C
Equal Access Fund: Distribution of Funds for Partnership Grants and IOLTA Formula Grants (Action Required)

Item D
Judicial Administration: Change of the Duties of the Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency of the Judicial Branch (Action Required)

Item E
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Allocations and Reimbursements to the Trial Courts for Fiscal Year 2013–2014 (Action Required)

Item F
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Allocation of New Judgeships Funding in Fiscal Year 2013–2014 (Action Required)

Item G
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Electronic Recording Equipment (Action Required)

Item H
Juvenile Dependency: Proposed Allocation for Fiscal Year 2014–2015 for Court Appointed Special Advocate Local Assistance (Action Required)

Item I
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Cash-Flow Loans Made to Trial Courts in Fiscal Year 2013–2014 (Action Required)

Item J
Trial Courts: Allocations from the State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund for Fiscal Year 2014–2015 (Action Required)

Item K
Juvenile Dependency Counsel Collections Program: Proposed Allocation for Fiscal Year 2014–2015 (Action Required)

Discussion Agenda (Items L-P)

Item L 9:15–9:45 a.m.
Court Adoption and Permanency Month: Judicial Council Resolution (Action Required)

Item M 9:45–10:15 a.m.
Trial Court Budget: 2 Percent State-Level Reserve Process and Minimum Operating and Emergency Fund Balance Policy (Action Required)

Break 10:15–10:30 a.m.

Item N 10:30a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Trial Court Trust Fund Allocations: 2 Percent State-Level Reserve (Action Required)

Item O 12:00–12:30 p.m.
Court Facilities: The Napa Seismic Experience (No Action Required. There are no materials for this item.)

Item P 12:30–12:50p.m.
Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants: Final Report on Implementation of the Judicial Council Statewide Action Plan for Serving Self-Represented Litigants (Action Required)

Closing Audiocast (1:13)

Lunch 12:50 p.m.

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. 27)

Info 3
Trial Courts: Fiscal Year 2013–2014 50/50 Excess Split Revenue Distribution to Trial Courts

Info 4
Court Facilities: Trial Court Facility Modification Quarterly Activity Report, Quarter 4 of Fiscal Year 2013–2014

Info 5
Trial Courts: Annual Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2013–2014

Circulating Orders since the last business meeting.

Appointment Orders since the last business meeting.