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Public comments

Please note that comments received will become part of the public record. You may submit comments online, or e-mail them as specified beneath each proposal below.

Proposals Open for Public Comment by Topic


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Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions: Supervising Judge’s Duties When Party Complains About Judge In Pending Matter (PDF, 123 KB)
Item Number: CJEO Draft Formal Opinion 2020-015
Deadline for Comments: October 13, 2020 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: Judicial.Ethics@jud.ca.gov

The Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions has posted a proposed formal opinion addressing the ethical duties of judges with supervisorial duties when a complaint is filed against a trial judge under their supervision, addressing circumstances where the disclosure to the trial judge of ex parte communications is necessary. Under rule 9.80(i)(2) of the California Rules of Court, the committee publishes formal written advisory opinions that address judicial ethics topics of interest to the judiciary and the public, at the request of judicial officers and judicial candidates.

Payment Policies for Contract Court Interpreters (PDF, 223 KB)
Item Number: SP20-05
Deadline for Comments: October 14, 2020 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The annual Budget Act specifies that the Judicial Council sets compensation rates and policies for court interpreters. In April 2018, the Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC) voted to form a working group to review and update the Payment Policies for Contract Court Interpreters. The Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee approved the formation of the CEAC Ad Hoc Working Group on Interpreter Payment Policy in December 2018. The policies have not been updated since 2007, and the CEAC recognized the need to update these policies due to continuing challenges in contracting with court interpreters. The CEAC is recommending an increase to the daily compensation rates, standardized travel reimbursements rates in accordance with the Judicial Council Financial Policies and Procedures Manual, a change to the policy title, as well as other changes.

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Criminal Forms: Sex Offender Registration Termination (PDF, 1115 KB)
Item Number: SP20-03
Deadline for Comments: October 21, 2020 5:00 PM (Pacific)
Submit Comment Online Or, email: invitations@jud.ca.gov

The Criminal Law Advisory Committee proposes three new mandatory forms and an optional information sheet to be used to petition the court for termination of sex offender registration, indicate a district attorney’s response to the petition, and make appropriate court orders. The state Department of Justice requested the Judicial Council’s assistance with forms to implement relevant parts of the Sex Offender Registration Act (Sen. Bill 384; Stats. 2017, ch. 541).

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