Language Access: Council approved a proposal on a pilot program for video remote interpreting, presented by Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, chair of the Language Access Implementation Task Force, and First District Court of Appeal Justice Terence L. Bruiniers, chair of the Information Technology Advisory Committee.The council also approved a number of translation and education products that the task force developed.
E-Filing Planning and Standardization: The council directed its Information Technology Advisory Committee to develop a plan for implementing e-filing standards. The committee was also directed to assist in a procurement process to select multiple Electronic Filing Managers that can assist courts with e-filing. In a recent survey, 23 trial courts indicated they currently have some e-filing capacity.
Dependency Funding: In a divided vote, the council tabled options for adjusting the workload and funding methodology for dependency counsel funding. The methodology would have favored smaller courts. The council will reconsider the funding allocation at its July or August meeting.
Access and Fairness Advisory Committee Report: The council received an update on the activities of its advisory committee charged with recommending ways to improve access and fairness in the court system, diversity in the judicial branch, and court services for self-represented parties. The committee also makes recommendations on education and training for judicial officers and court staff.