December 11-12, 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 December 11, 2014 • 2:30–4:00 p.m.

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

2:30–4:00 p.m. Session

Friday December 12, 2014 8:30 a.m.–12:15 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.

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A)) Meeting Agenda (Items 1-4)

8:30–8:40 a.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the October 27-28, 2014, Judicial Council meeting.

8:40–9:00 a.m. Chief Justice's Report

9:00–9:20 a.m. Administrative Director's Report

9:20–9:40 a.m. Judicial Council Committee Presentations

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

9:40–10:10 a.m. Judicial Council Members' Liaison Reports

10:10–10:40 a.m. Public Comment

The Judicial Council welcomes public comment on general matters of judicial administration and on specific agenda items, as it can enhance the council’s understanding of the issues coming before it.

Please see our public comment procedures.

  1. Submit advance requests to speak by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
  2. Submit written comments for this meeting by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10.

Contact information for advance requests to speak, written comments, and questions:


Postal mail or delivery in person:
Judicial Council of California
Attention: Cliff Alumno
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688

Consent Agenda (Items A1– A5 through R)

Items A1-A5 Rules and Forms

Civil Jury Instructions

Item A1
Jury Instructions: New, Revised, Renumbered, and Revoked Civil Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms (Action Required)

Collaborative Justice Courts

Item A2
Military Service: Notification of Military Status (Action Required)

Criminal Law

Item A3
Criminal Justice Realignment: Imposition of Mandatory Supervision (Action Required)

Family Law

Item A4
Family Law: Technical Change to Response for Dissolution, Legal Separation, and Nullity of Marriage and Domestic Partnership (Action Required)


Item A5
Judicial Administration: Rules for Advisory Groups (Action Required)

Item B
Access to Visitation: Program Funding Allocation for Federal Grant Fiscal Years 2015–2016 through 2017–2018 (Action Required)

Item C
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: California Parolee Reentry Court Evaluation Report (Action Required)

Item D
Trial Courts: Distribution Request Process for Children’s Waiting Rooms and Distribution Request from a Court (Action Required)

Item E
Court Interpreters: Revised Policy on Use of Unused Savings from Program 45.45 (Action Required)

Item F
Judicial Branch Administration: Amendment of the Conflict of Interest Code for the Judicial Council (Action Required)

Item G
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Receipts and Expenditures From Local Courthouse Construction Funds (Action Required)

Item H
Judicial Council: 2014 Legislative Policy Summary (Action Required)

Item I
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Statewide Collection of Delinquent Court-Ordered Debt for FY 2013–2014 (Action Required)

Item J
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Monetary Sanctions Against Jurors (Action Required)

Item K
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation (Criminal Justice Realignment): Parole Holds (Action Required)

Item L
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Recalling Felony Sentences Under Criminal Justice Realignment (Action Required)

Item M
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Appeals of the Imposition or Calculation of Fines and Fees (Action Required)

Item N
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Evidentiary Objections in Summary Judgment Proceedings (Action Required)

Item O
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: Sentencing Report Deadlines (Action Required)

Item P
Judicial Council–Sponsored Legislation: State Court Facilities Construction Fund Report (Action Required)

Item Q
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Disposition of Criminal Cases According to the Race and Ethnicity of the Defendant (Action Required)

Item R
Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedules: 2015 Edition (Action Required)

Break 10:40–10:55 a.m.

Discussion Agenda (Items S-U)

Item S 10:55–11:10 a.m.
Judicial Branch Planning: Proposal to Re-Adopt the Strategic Plan for California’s Judicial Branch for Fiscal Years 2006–2012 (Action Required)

Item T 11:10–11:50 a.m.
Judicial Workload Assessment: 2014 Update of Judicial Needs Assessment and Proposed Revision to Methodology Used to Prioritize New Judgeships (Action Required)

Item U 11:50a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Judicial Council: 2015 Legislative Priorities (Action Required)

Closing Audiocast (:39)

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. 28)

Info 3
Trial Courts: Quarterly Investment Report for Third Quarter of 2014

Info 4
Court Facilities: Lease-Revenue Bond Issuances, Fall 2013, Spring and Fall 2014

There were no Circulating Orders since the last business meeting.

Appointment Orders since the last business meeting.

Liaison Reports