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Opinion: Residents Deserve Better Access to Justice

June 09, 2016 | NewsLinks
Before I was elected to represent you in the California State Assembly, I served as mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake. I still vividly remember that on my first day as mayor in 2012, I received a call from our presiding county superior court judge informing me that the courthouse in Big Bear was being closed due to budgetary shortfalls.
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Opinion: Take a judge, leave a judge

June 01, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The proposal has split the 58 presiding trial court judges around the state. As the elected chair of a Judicial Council committee that represents presiding judges, I recently polled my colleagues about the proposal.
Assessing Courts' Needs for More Judges

Assessing Courts' Needs for More Judges

May 11, 2016 | Photo
The council is mandated to prepare a Judicial Needs Assessment annually. In 2015, the report prepared for the Legislature shows that the California court system needs nearly 270 new judicial officers to meet its workload. Judge Lorna A. Alksne, chair of the Workload Assessment Advisory Committee presenting. See Report | Listen

Indio highlights Riverside County judge shortage

March 16, 2016 | NewsLinks
In light of a judge shortage dubbed a "judicial crisis" in Riverside County, Indio City Council unanimously voted Wednesday to join Coachella and Palm Desert in strongly urging Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators to take action.
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Nearly 30 judgeships to be contested in June election

March 15, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The dust has settled in the 29 contested races for superior court judgeships across California, with the exception of one surprise deadline extension in Los Angeles County after incumbent Elden S. Fox unexpectedly pulled out of the running at the last minute.
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A primer on how the council is making local court funding more equitable across the state (2:53). 

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