August 20-21, 2015 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 August 20, 2015 • 2:30 p.m.–3:45 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 1A–1C Through Item 3)

2:30–2:35 p.m. Approval of Minutes
Approve minutes of the July 28, 2015, Judicial Council meeting.

2:35–3:15 p.m. Trial Court Facility Modifications and Maintenance

Item 1A Five-Year Master Plan—Deferred Maintenance Report, Fiscal Year 2015–2016 (Action Required)

Item 1B Court Facilities: Budget Allocations for Statewide Trial Court Facility Modifications and Planning in Fiscal Year 2015–2016 and Related Matters (Action Required)

Item 1C Budget: Fiscal Year 2016–2017 Budget Requests for Trial Court Facilities Operations Needs (Action Required)

3:15–3:25 p.m. Item 2 Judicial Branch Administration: Report on California Rules of Court, Rule 10.75 (Meetings of Advisory Bodies) (Action Required)

3:25–3:45 p.m. Item 3 Judicial Administration: Implementation of Court Technology Governance and Strategic Plan (Action Required)

Adjourn 3:45 p.m.

5:00–6:00 p.m. Recognition of Judicial Council Distinguished Service Awards and the Aranda Access to Justice Award Honorees

2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

  • Hon. Maria P. Rivera, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four
  • Hon. Manuel J. Covarrubias, Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • Hon. David Edwin Power, Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of California,County of Solano
  • Mr. David H. Yamasaki, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara

2015 Aranda Access to Justice Award Recipient:

  • Hon. Garry T. Ichikawa, Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Friday August 21, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–2:50 p.m.

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

8:30–10:15 a.m. Session

Transitional Break 10:15–10:30 a.m.

Open Session (Rule 10.6(A)) Meeting Agenda

10:30–10:40 a.m. Chief Justice's Report

10:40–10:50 a.m. Administrative Director's Report

10:50–11:30 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

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Judicial Council Members’ Liaison Reports

12:00–12:30 p.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, August 18, 2015.
  2. Submit written comments for this meeting by 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

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


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

Break 12:30–1:00 p.m.

Consent Agenda (Items A1–A2 Through H)

Audiocast  (1:05)

Items A1-A2 Rules and Forms

Criminal Jury Instructions

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


Item A2
Trial Courts: Permanent Authorization for Remote Video Proceedings and Implementation of Rule 4.105 in Traffic Infraction Cases (Action Required)

Item B
Judicial Branch: Workers’ Compensation Program Allocation Methodology (Action Required)

Item C
Judicial Branch Contract Reporting Requirement: Executed Contracts and Vendor Payments from January 1 through June 30, 2015 (Action Required)

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

Item E
Court Facilities: Naming Request for the Merced–New Los Banos Courthouse (Action Required)

Item F
Court Facilities: Senate Bill 1407 Project Funding Requests and Judicial Branch AB 1473 Five-Year Infrastructure Plan for Fiscal Year 2016–2017 (Action Required)

Item G
Judicial Council: Court Public Parking Management Policy (Action Required)

Item H
Collaborative Justice: Recommended Allocations of Fiscal Year 2015–2016 Substance Abuse Focus Grants (Action Required)

Discussion Agenda (Items I-L)

Item I 1:00–1:20 p.m.
Judicial Administration: Statewide Traffic Tickets/Infraction Amnesty Program (Action Required)

1:20–2:10 p.m. Item J
Budget: Fiscal Year 2016–2017 Budget Proposals for Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Judicial Council, Judicial Branch Facilities Program, Trial Courts, and Habeas Corpus Resource Center (Action Required)

2:10–2:30 p.m. Item K
Trial Courts: State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund Allocation Adjustments for Fiscal Year 2015–2016 (Action Required)

2:30–2:50 p.m. Item L
Subordinate Judicial Officers: Update of Conversions Using More Current Workload Data (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. 33)

Info 3
Trial Courts: Annual Investment Report for Fiscal Year 2014–2015

Info 4
Court Facilities: Trial Court Facility Modification Quarterly Activity Report for Quarter 4 of Fiscal Year 2014–2015

Info 5
Trial Courts: Court Realignment Data (Calendar Year 2014)


There were no Circulating Orders since the last business meeting

There were no Appointment Orders since the last business meeting


Chief Justice's Activity Report 

Director Martin Hoshino's Report

Del Norte County Liaison Report by Judge Gary Nadler

Humboldt County Liaison Report by Judge Gary Nadler

Monterey County Liaison Report by Judge James Herman