Special Announcement

Posted Thursday, November 26, 2020

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Coronavirus Updates

The Judicial Council continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation. Courts have been advised to follow guidance provided by the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus. Updates will be communicated through local court websites as appropriate.

Court by Court Summary of Operations/Services Changes in Response to COVID-19

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Of Current Interest

Nov 13, 2020

Recap of Nov. 13 Judicial Council Business Meeting

The council heard reports on the use of chatbots on court websites, pretrial release tools, and best practices for courts to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act. The council also approved updated courthouse building standards and proclaimed November as Court Adoption and Permanency Month.

Nov 17, 2020

Invitation to Comment: Criminal Jury Instructions

A proposal to revise the criminal jury instructions has been posted on the Invitations to Comment page of the California Courts website. Deadline to comment: Dec. 11.

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Civic Learning Awards

The application for the 2021 Civic Learning Award is now available. This is the ninth consecutive year the Chief Justice has co-sponsored the award with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.