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Chief Justice Speaks on Emergency Orders, Remote Services, Diversifying California Judiciary

On October 21, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) hosted a virtual Conversation with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakakuye.
Oct 22, 2021

On October 21, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) hosted a virtual Conversation with Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakakuye. The one-hour event was streamed live on the PPIC website and on social media. 

The chief justice responded to questions from PPIC Director Mark Baldassare on a number of judicial branch subjects, including case backlogs, diversity on the bench, pandemic operations, and delivering court services remotely.

Many of the chief justice's remarks supported the judicial branch's deployment of remote services to court users during the pandemic.

While in-person appearances remain the "gold standard," the Chief Justice said remote hearings increased access to justice during the pandemic, particularly in family law and juvenile cases. (View report

A new law allows California's courts to conduct proceedings in civil cases with remote technology until 2023.

We found a new equity and fairness in access to justice through a remote process and we’ll never give that up.

--Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
 

Jump marks to topics:

  1. Role of the Chief Justice 4:45
  2. Statewide look at Local Courts 18:09
  3. Backlog during the pandemic 27:19
  4. Bench diversity 35:24
  5. Criminal justice reform 42:26
  6. Q&A 45:42