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Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, California's 28th chief justice, was sworn into office January 3, 2011. She is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice.

The Chief Justice leads the state's third branch of government, the judicial branch. In addition to her role on the California Supreme Court, her constitutional duties include chairing both the Judicial Council and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

As leader of California’s judicial branch, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has focused on improving the public’s access to justice, building partnerships to lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and improving the branch’s efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.

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Chief Justice Workgroup: Money Bail is “Unsafe and Unfair”

Chief Justice Workgroup: Money Bail is “Unsafe and Unfair”

October 24, 2017 | News Release
A workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system issued a slate of recommendations Tuesday, saying money bail should be replaced by a risk-based assessment and supervision program that determines whether to jail defendants before trial based on their threat to public safety and their likelihood of making a court appearance.
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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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