The council held a public meeting in San Francisco on Friday, July 29. Meetings held this time of year focus primarily on the judicial branch budget.
In her report to the Judicial Council, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye stated, "Access to Justice is our North Star." She announced the creation of a new committee to focus on the budget. "We need a new, branchwide approach to budget."
Liaison reports give council a look at issues facing local courts, as well as the innovations and business practices helping deliver court services more effectively to the public. On this day, Justice James Humes reports on his visit to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.
Judicial Council's Finance staff Colin Simpson and Patrick Ballard present budget recommendations for FY2016-2017 with Judge Jonathan Conklin, chair of the council's Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, chair of the Judicial Council, and Martin Hoshino, director of council staff, listen to recommendations on funding for general court operations, court employee benefits cost increases, court security, and workload costs associated with Proposition 47.