Attendance and Public Comment Procedures

Judicial Council business meetings are held six times a year in San Francisco, Sacramento, or remotely. Members of the public may attend in-person, open sessions. Agendas contain meeting-specific information, such as location, important dates, discussion items, and public comment deadlines. Agendas are posted in the Meeting Information Center.
 

At this time, masks will be required for all participants and attendees.

Judicial Council meetings are typically 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 judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov at least two business days before the meeting.


Public comment can be provided in writing before the meeting by the established due date or onsite on the day of an in-person meeting.

Written Comments and General Correspondence

The following will be accepted and made available to the council:

  • Written comments on specific agenda items for any Judicial Council meeting;
  • Written comments on circulating orders currently under consideration by the council; and
  • General correspondence addressed to the council on matters affecting judicial administration.

Each business meeting agenda and circulating order lists a timeframe for receipt of written comments. Written comments must be submitted by the established timeframe for receipt. Comments received after the deadline will not be delivered to Judicial Council members. General correspondence received between council meetings will be made available to council members in conjunction with the subsequent business meeting materials.

Written comments and correspondence will not be accepted or made available to the Judicial Council on matters relating to a particular case or judicial officer performance. The Judicial Council is not authorized to intervene on behalf of a party in a case, nor may it offer legal advice to a member of the public as to how to proceed with, or in, a lawsuit or prosecution. Rather, concerns as to substantive rulings in a case may be addressed through the appropriate procedural mechanisms, such as motions for reconsideration, writs, and appeals.

Written comments and general correspondence must be e-mailed to judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov.

Requests to Speak

The Executive and Planning Committee, in its discretion, may allow a member of the public to speak at a business meeting. Public comment can provide valuable information for council members and enhance the council’s understanding of the issues coming before it.

Judicial Council meetings allot time as designated by the agenda for the public to speak 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 onsite council meeting.

Make a written request in advance

Each meeting agenda lists a timeframe for receipt of written requests. Those who submit a written request to speak will receive a confirmation of receipt. Submit advance requests to speak by e-mail to judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov. Please provide the speaker’s first and last name and the topic to be addressed or the number of the specific agenda item. Emergency meetings, meetings held remotely, or some urgent circumstances may allow for written comments only at the discretion of the Executive and Planning Committee.

Make a request at an onsite meeting

Members of the public who attend an onsite Judicial Council meeting in person may request to comment at the meeting. Requests to speak will be taken until the chair of the Executive and Planning Committee, or a designee, calls the public comment agenda item. Please note items are regularly called in the order of the agenda; however, items may be called out of order. Agenda items may proceed faster than the published timeframes.

At onsite meetings

1. All persons requesting to speak, including those who submitted a request in advance, must check in at the reception table. Speakers who did not submit a request in advance are asked to print their first and last name on the request card along with the topic to be addressed.

2. All public comment will be heard as designated by the agenda.

Please be advised

  • Given time constraints, it is not guaranteed that all who request to speak can be accommodated on the date requested. 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 per rule 10.6(c) of the California Rules of Court.
  • The council may meet with little or no public notice in accordance with rule 10.5(c) of the California Rules of Court. Additionally, the Judicial Council may meet remotely—without a physical location. Meetings held under these circumstances may allow for written comments only at the discretion of the Executive and Planning Committee. Deadlines for public comment and how public comment will be taken will be provided on the meeting agenda under “Public Comment.” Public comments received after the deadline will not be provided to the Judicial Council.

Public Record

Please note that comments and materials received will, in full, become part of the public record.

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
JCCAccessCoordinator@jud.ca.gov

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