(Subscription required) The California Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Tuesday that would allow the courts to convert up to 10 subordinate juridical office positions to judgeships during the 2017-18 fiscal year, provided the new judges are assigned to family law or juvenile court.
The process of making California’s state budget requires legislators to make many compromises. Unfortunately, one group whose needs have too often been compromised by the budget process are foster children.
At its May 18-19 business meeting, the Judicial Council will consider recommendations to temporarily modify how it distributes funding to small courts for court-appointed attorneys in juvenile dependency cases.
(Subscription required) In an attempt to streamline calendars and provide more access to resources for litigants, Los Angeles County Superior Court has begun offering voluntary settlement conferences with long-cause trial judges for family law cases.
SAN DIEGO—During its public meeting on October 27-28, the Judicial Council heard, considered, or took action on items related to court funding, judgeship needs, filing statistics, pretrial detention, and Court Adoption and Permanency Month.
California children in the nation’s largest foster care system have long had their sadness, frustration and fears blunted with the strongest types of psychotropic drugs — medications with limited approvals for pediatric use that often cause debilitating side effects.
For years, few questioned how doctors treated the emotional trauma of California’s abused and neglected children — and nobody monitored how often they handed out psychiatric drugs that can turn fragile childhoods into battles with obesity and bouts of stupor.