Attendance and Public Comment Procedures

Public Notice

In consultation with Judicial Council leadership, all Judicial Council-sponsored IN-PERSON meetings, trainings, and events scheduled between now and May 31, 2020, are postponed until further notice.

Judicial Council business meetings are typically held in San Francisco six times a year. Members of the public may attend open sessions. Agendas contain meeting-specific information, such as location, important dates, and discussion items. Meeting agendas are posted here.

Judicial Council meetings are live-streamed, and videos and captured captioning are publicly available online. Photography or videotaping during council meetings is prohibited without prior approval by the Chief Justice per rule 10.6(f) of the California Rules of Court. Written requests to do so should be sent to at least two business days before the meeting.

Requests to Speak

Public comment at Judicial Council meetings can provide valuable information for council members and enhance the council’s understanding of the issues coming before it. Public comment can be provided in writing before the meeting or in person on the day of the meeting.

For each Judicial Council meeting, time is allotted for public comment on general matters of judicial administration and on specific agenda items.

Individuals can request in advance to speak at a council meeting, or they can make the request in person at the beginning of any council meeting.

Make a written request in advance

Each meeting agenda lists a time frame for receipt of written requests. Those who submit a written request will receive a confirmation of receipt. Submit your request electronically, by mail, or in person at the addresses listed below. Please provide the speaker’s first and last name and the topic to be addressed or the number of the specific agenda item.

Make a request at the meeting

Members of the public who attend a Judicial Council meeting in person can request to comment at the meeting. Requests to speak during the time reserved for general comment will be taken until the chair of the council’s Executive and Planning Committee or a designee calls for public comment in the meeting.

Requests to speak on specific agenda items will be taken until the item is called before the presentation of the item.

At the meeting

  1. All persons requesting to speak, including those who submitted a request in advance, must check in at the reception table starting 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the meeting. Speakers who did not submit a request in advance are asked to print their first and last name along with the specific agenda item to be addressed or, if the comment concerns something not on the agenda, the topic to be addressed.
  2. General comments on judicial administration (that is, topics not on the meeting agenda) will be heard during the general public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.
  3. Comments on specific agenda items will be heard before the presentation of the agenda item. Anyone wishing to speak on a specific agenda item should arrive at the beginning of the meeting day, as agenda times are subject to change.
  4. To accommodate the schedules of members of the public who prefer not to wait until the council hears a particular agenda item, speakers can choose to speak on a particular agenda item during the general public comment period at the beginning of the meeting.

Please be advised

  • Given time constraints, it is not guaranteed that all who request to speak can be accommodated on the date requested. As an alternative when requests cannot be fulfilled for the date requested, written comments will be accepted and made available to the council.
  • The time allotted for public comment will vary according to the number of requests received and the time available on the agenda. If numerous requests are received, individual speaker time may be limited.
  • Three or more individuals may pool their time for one speaker. The Executive and Planning Committee chair will determine the amount of time given to that person with the understanding that the combined time will be less than the total time available to the individuals separately.
  • Members of the public who attend open meetings must remain orderly. The Chief Justice may order the removal of any disorderly persons.

Written Comments

Written comments on matters affecting judicial administration or specific agenda items at any Judicial Council meeting will be accepted and made available to the council. Written comments will not be received on matters relating to a particular case. Each meeting agenda lists a time frame for receipt of written comments.

Written comments can be e-mailed to, or sent by postal mail or delivered in person to:

Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
Attention: Cliff Alumno

ADA Information

For Judicial Council Meeting accessibility requests or complaints, contact the Judicial Council and Trial Court Leadership Office at:

455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel. 415-865-7737
Fax. 415-865-4391

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