Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

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The Chief Justice is the leader of the state's third branch of government, the Judicial Branch. In addition to her role on the California Supreme Court, her constitutional duties include serving as chair of the Judicial Council and chair of the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

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Civic Learning

Learn about the Chief Justice's “Power of Democracy” campaign to revitalize democracy through youth engagement in civic learning. Support for the campaign comes from all levels of the judicial branch and from partnering organizations.


Leadership Timeline

Since being sworn-in on January 3, 2011, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has brought greater transparency and efficiency to the judicial branch. Track milestones and reforms initiated by the Chief Justice, as well as those carried out by the Judicial Council, in this interactive, multimedia-rich timeline.



California Courts Newsroom Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye
Visit the California Courts Newsroom for details about the Chief Justice's recent activities, including links to articles in the press, photos, video, and audio from recent events and presentations.