SAN FRANCISCO--The Judicial Council next week will consider approving $23.5 million in grant funding to support programs to make courts more efficient, accessible, and easier to use.

In accordance with the provisions for the grant program outlined in the state Budget Act of 2016, the largest share of grant funding would go toward collaborative courts, as well as self-help, family, and juvenile court programs.

Other items on the March 24 council meeting agenda include:

Immigration Resource Center: A judicial branch workgroup appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will highlight an online clearinghouse and frequently asked questions that will provide immigrants and others with general information and resources on immigration issues.

Tactical Plan for Court Technology: The council will consider an update to the judicial branch’s Tactical Plan for Technology. The proposed updated plan includes an analysis of existing technology plans, as well as the need for new initiatives. These include projects related to case management systems, document management, remote video services, e-filing, and other technology initiatives.

Updates From Council Liaison Visits to Local Courts: The council is scheduled to receive liaison reports on the superior courts in Los Angeles and Mendocino Counties (liaison reports are subject to change). These reports give council members information on a court’s operations and challenges, as well as its solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness in how it provides access to justice for the public.

The meeting agenda and council reports have been posted online, and a link to the live videocast of the meeting will be on the California Courts website on the day of the meeting.