June 25-26 Judicial Council Meeting

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 June 25, 2015 1:45–4:10 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)

1:45–1:50 p.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the April 16–17, 2015, and the June 8, 2015, Judicial Council meeting.

Item 1 1:50–2:15 p.m.
A Retrospective on the California Supreme Court and 19th Century Jurisprudence (There are no materials for this item. No action required.)

Chief Justice’s Opening Remarks and Introduction of New JC Members

Item 2 2:15–2:35 p.m.
Judicial Council: Implementation of Judicial Council Directives on Judicial Council Staff Restructuring (No Action Required)

Item 3 2:35–2:50 p.m.
Judicial Branch Administration: Workers’ Compensation Program: Allocations Methodology and Excess Liability Insurance for the Judiciary (Action Required)

Item 4 2:50–3:05 p.m.
Trial Courts: Resource Assessment Study Model Interim Complex Civil Caseweight (Action Required)

Break 3:05–3:20 p.m. (approx.)

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

Session 3:20–4:10 p.m.

Friday June 26, 2015 8:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m.

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A)) Meeting Agenda

8:30–8:45 a.m. Chief Justice’s Opening Remarks

8:45–9:05 a.m. Administrative Director’s Report

Judicial Branch Administration: Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Judicial Branch Budget

9:05–9:35 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

9:35–10:05 a.m. Judicial Council Members’ Liaison Reports

10:05–10:35 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, June 23, 2015.
  2. Submit written comments for this meeting by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 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 10:35–10:50 a.m.

Consent Agenda (Items A1–A5 Through I)

Audiocast (1:32)

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)

Civil and Small Claims

Item A2
Small Claims: Technical Revisions to Forms to Conform to Statutory Change (Action Required)

Criminal Procedure

Item A3
Criminal Procedure: Update Judicial Council Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Plea Form Citations (Action Required)


Item A4
Traffic Law: Payment and Forfeiture of Bail in Installments (Action Required)

Item A5
Traffic: Notice to Appear Forms (Action Required)  

Item B      
Court Facilities: Sale of Equity Interest in Chino Courthouse as Surplus Property (Action Required) 

Item C      
Court Facilities: Transfer of Judicial Council’s Equity Interest in Independence Courthouse (Action Required) 

Item D      
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance (Action Required)  

Item E      
Judicial Branch Administration: Audit Report for Judicial Council Acceptance (Action Required)

Item F      
Judicial Branch Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (Action Required)

Item G      
Judicial Council Report to the Governor and Legislature: 2015 Language Need and Interpreter Use Study (Action Required)

Item H      
Trial Courts: Children’s Waiting Room Policy (Action Required)  

Item I
Trial Courts: Recidivism Reduction Fund Court Grant Program, Phase II Recommended Awards (Action Required)

Discussion Agenda (Items J-P)

Item J 10:50–11:15 a.m.
Court Facilities: Courtroom Layouts (Action Required)  

Item K 11:15-11:35 a.m.
Court Facilities: Water Conservation Policy (Action Required) 

Item L 11:35 a.m.–12:05 p.m.  
Trial Courts: Impact to Trial Court Funding under the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology (No Action Required) 

Item M 12:05 p.m.–12:25 p.m.  
Trial Courts: 2015–2016 Allocation Using the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology (Action Required) 

Item N 12:25–12:45 p.m.  
Trial Court Allocations: Restoration of Benefits Funding in 2015–2016 (Action Required) 


Break 12:45–1:15 p.m. (approx.)

Item O 1:15–1:40 p.m.  
Budget: Fiscal Year 2016–2017 Budget Requests for Trial Courts (Action Required) 

Item P 1:40–2:10 p.m.  
Trial Courts: State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund Allocations in Fiscal Year 2015–2016 for the V3 Case Management System and Interim Case Management Systems Programs (Action Required) 

Closing Remarks

Information Only Items (No Action Required)

Info 1
Government Code Section 68106: Public Notice by Courts of Closures or Reduced Clerks’ Office Hours (Gov. Code, § 68106—Report No. 31)

Info 2
Court Facilities: Trial Court Facility Modification Quarterly Activity Report for Quarter 3 of Fiscal Year 2014–2015

Info 3
Trial Courts: Quarterly Investment Report for First Quarter of 2015  


Circulating Orders since the last business meeting.

Appointment Orders since the last business meeting


June 25-26, 2015

Chief Justice's Activity Report 

Director Martin Hoshino's Report

Glenn County Liaison Report by Justice Harry Hull

Orange County Liaison Report by Judge Joan Weber

Amador County Liaison Report by Judge David Rosenberg