February 19, 2015 Judicial Council Meeting

Open to the Public (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.6(a))
Judicial Council of California
Sacramento Office
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95833


Thursday February 19, 2015 9:30 a.m.–2:50 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))

9:30–10:10 a.m. Session

Transitional Break 10:10–10:20 a.m.

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A))

10:20–10:30 a.m. Swearing in of New Council Member

10:30–10:35 a.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the January 22, 2015, Judicial Council meeting.

10:35–10:45 a.m. Chief Justice's Report

10:45–10:55 a.m. Administrative Director's Report

10:55–11:25 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, February 17, 2015
  2. Submit written comments for this meeting by 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Contact information for advance requests to speak, written comments, and questions:
E-mail: judicialcouncil@jud.ca.gov
Postal mail or delivery in person:
Judicial Council of California
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
Attention: Cliff Alumno

Break 11:25–11:40 a.m.

Consent Agenda (Items A1–A3 Through G)

Items A1-A3 Rules and Forms

Criminal Jury Instructions

Item A1
Jury Instructions: Revisions to Criminal Jury Instructions (Action Required)

Civil and Small Claims

Item A2
Fee Waivers: Change in Federal Poverty Guidelines, Revisions to Application Form, and Specific Fees Included in Waivers (Action Required)

Family and Juvenile Law

Item A3
Judicial Council Form: Update to Federal Poverty Guidelines (Action Required)


Item B
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance, Madera County (Action Required)

Item C (Moved to Discussion Agenda)
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance (Action Required)

Item D
Judicial Branch Education: Report to the Legislature on Compliance with Welfare and Institutions Code Section 304.7 (Action Required)

Item E
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Status Update of Judicial Branch Courthouse Construction Program for Fiscal Year 2014–2015 (Action Required)

Item F
Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Fiscal Year 2013–2014 Expenditures of the Trial Court Interpreters Program (Action Required)

Item G
Criminal Law: Judicial Council Appointment to the California Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision (Action Required)

Discussion Agenda (Items H-L)

Item H 11:40 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Judicial Branch Administration: California State Auditor's Report on the Judicial Council (No Action Required. There are no materials for this item.)

New Item 12:10–12:25 p.m.
California’s Language Access Plan: Implementation Task Force (No Action Required. There are no materials for this item.)

Item I 12:25–12:55 p.m.
Trial Court Trust Fund Allocations: 2 Percent State Level Reserve (Action Required)

Recess 12:55–1:25 p.m.

Item J 1:25–1:55 p.m.
Technology: Programmatic and Staffing Changes to Trial Court Programs (Action Required)

Item K 1:55–2:15 p.m.
Trial Courts: Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program Recommended Awards (Action Required)

Item C 2:15–2:35 p.m. (Moved from Consent Agenda)
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance, Nevada County (Action Required)

Item L 2:35–2:50 p.m.  
Judicial Branch Administration:  2015–2016 Budget Change Proposal to Strengthen Information System Security and Data Reliability (Action Required)  

Closing Remarks

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. 30)

Info 3
Court Facilities: Trial Court Facility Modification Quarterly Activity Report; Quarter 1, Fiscal Year 2014–2015

Info 4
Trial Courts: Report on Expedited Jury Trials

Circulating Order (CO-15-01) Judicial Branch Semiannual Contract Reporting Requirement: Executed Contracts and Vendor Payments for the Period of July 1 through December 31, 2014

Appointment Orders since the last business meeting


Feb 19, 2015

Chief Justice's Activity Report 

Director Martin Hoshino's Report

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on Language Access