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Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

The Chief Justice is the leader of the state's third branch of government, the Judicial Branch.  Learn about her latest initiatives, listen to her speeches, and find out more about her tenure as Chief Justice.

Judicial Council

The Judicial Council is responsible for improving the statewide administration of justice in the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Learn about:

Judicial Council of California Staff

Find information on the staff agency of the Judicial Council, including organizational charts, request for proposals, careers and records:

Budget & Finance

Find financial reports and budget information for the California court system and learn about budget cut impacts throughout the judicial branch.


Learn about the Judicial Branch Facilities Program and the many courthouse projects in progress throughout the state.

SB 10: Pretrial Release and Detention

Senate Bill 10 authorizes a change to California‚Äôs pretrial release system from a money-based system to a system based on risk to public safety and failure to return to court.  This page includes a description of the law, answers to frequently asked questions, and an overview of the new pretrial process.

Invitations to Comment

Comment on currrent proposed changes to rules and policies.

Access to Records

The Council makes identifiable judicial administrative records available to receive and/or for inspection upon request unless the records are exempt from disclosure.

Governmental Affairs

The Judicial Council's Governmental Affairs represents and advocates for the Judicial Council on legislative, policy, and budget matters. You can also search for active court-related legislation or consult the annual legislative summaries of enacted bills that affect the courts or are of general interest to the court community.