Los Angeles Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile will join the Judicial Council as a member, effective Sept. 15, under an appointment by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, it was announced yesterday.
Judge Lorna Alksne, chair of the council's Workload Assessment Advisory Committee, helped explain how the judicial branch weighs the number and type of cases handled when determining a court’s workload.
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council allocated the $1.85 billion the governor approved for the courts for the coming year and signed off on a 2018-19 Budget Change Proposal it hopes will highlight what it says are its chronic funding shortages.
State-funded attorneys representing nearly 27,000 low-income Californians have helped many of them avoid eviction and settle disputes over housing and child custody far more often than those facing similar disputes without lawyers, the state Judicial Council reports.
A pilot program that funds free legal services for low-income Californians facing critical civil cases drastically increased the likelihood of settlement, improved the longevity of court orders, and reduced court costs, a new study shows.