During her State of the Judiciary address on March 8, 2016, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye spoke about the judicial branch’s awareness and approach in dealing with “implicit bias.”

Social scientists point out that unconscious stereotypes can affect attitudes, actions, and beliefs.  “But these attitudes are malleable,” the Chief Justice said. They can be changed with training and education.

At its February 25 meeting, the Judicial Council heard a presentation about implicit bias and the branch’s efforts to educate new and experience judges and court staff on how implicit bias can affect decision-making.