Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Comments on Governor Newsom's Executive Order on Judicial Council Emergency Authority
"I understand and appreciate the Governor’s order to use the authority of my office to protect the public and to ensure that access to justice is available to all. His order is in keeping with his other swift actions made in response to a global pandemic that has already had a critical impact on our lives, our economy, and all levels of government, including our court system.
Just as this Governor has been a remarkable national leader during this pandemic—taking action to protect lives and livelihoods—this unprecedented order reflects a very deep concern to not only protect the myriad health and safety needs of California but also to ensure that justice still be available to those most in need.
We are in unprecedented times and I assured the Governor that we will assume this responsibility with utmost care and judiciousness."