Court Innovations
Court Innovations

For the fourth straight year, the branch receives investment from lawmakers to continue emphasis on innovations that promote greater access to justice. See News Release

Fines and Fees
Fines and Fees

The council receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to continue work in the area of defendants’ inability to pay fines and fees, while council's administrative director is selected to a national task force studying the issue. Read Feature.

Traffic Infractions
Traffic Infractions

The council approves guidelines for for an 18-month traffic amnesty program, resolving 175,936 delinquent accounts and collecting nearly $30 million in the first 11 months. See Spotlight

Bail Reform
Bail Reform

Following up on her State of the Judciary address, the Chief Justice establishes the Pretrial Detention Reform Working Group. The Judicial Council and the courts continue with 12 pilot projects that are testing the effectiveness of pretrial release programs. View video.

New Courthouse Construction
New Courthouse Construction

Five new courthouses open in Kings, Merced, Santa Clara, Sutter, and Tehama Counties. However, $1.4 billion in construction fund redirections made by the Governor and Legislature derails plans for other county projects. Read more.

Supreme Court and Council Expands Access
Supreme Court and Council Expands Access

In May, the state Supreme Court streams its oral argument sessions live with real-time captioning in English and Spanish. By December, the court expands the effort and streams two days of oral arguments from Los Angeles. See webcast archive.

Language Access
Language Access
Civics Education & Power of Democracy
Civics Education & Power of Democracy

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and the Power of Democracy Steering Committee celebrates the new California History-Social Science Framework for educators that includes a greater focus on civic learning. 

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