(Subscription required) The Commission on the Future of California's Court System's public comment session in Los Angeles, chaired by Justice A. Corrigan, received particular scrutiny on two of its 10 presented concepts: a proposal to create uniform state classification and salary structures for court workers, and a proposal to re-examine court reporter compensation and ownership of transcripts.
(Subscription required) A proposal to standardize court employee pay statewide has drawn the ire of 53 superior courts who say mandatory one-size-fits-all salaries would eat into already strapped court budgets, which fluctuate based on annual caseload and appropriations from the governor.
(Subscription required) At the Commission on the Future of California's Court System's public comment session Friday, the topic that brought up more speakers than any other was potential shifts to fines and fees for infractions.
(Subscription required) The Commission on the Future of California's Court System is holding a public comment session today to discuss establishing a consolidated juvenile court, implementing a statewide mediation process in family courts, and restructuring criminal fines and fees.
The Commission on the Future of California's Courts has sent an interim report to Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye proposing a method to reallocate vacant judgeships to courts with the greatest workload needs.
A state judicial panel has proposed redistributing vacant judgeships from counties where there are too many to counties where there are too few, including Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where a lack of judges has caused hundreds of cases to be dismissed.