Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Judicial Council Administrative Director Martin Hoshino met with court leadership and staff from the Monterey Superior Court last week to learn how the court is implementing “Access 3D”-- physical access, remote access, and equal access for all court users.

Staff of the monterey court stand in the courtroom with the chief justice
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (center) meets court staff from the Superior Court of Monterey County.

A vision of the Chief Justice and shared by court leaders in the branch, “Access 3D” is a strategic plan to provide full and meaningful access to justice for all Californians by providing physical access to courthouses and services; establishing online services to access court remotely; and providing equal access to all court users, regardless of spoken language, ability, or need.

During their meeting with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye and Hoshino, court leaders shared innovations improving access to justice in Monterey County. These projects include transitioning to a “paperless” court and developing the CACourt App, a mobile app enabling court users to search court records or pay for a traffic ticket via phone.

The court also expanded self-help services by collaborating with Monterey College of Law and establishing an additional self-help center in the city of Greenfield to help residents from the southern part of the county.

Chief Justice sitting at bench surrounded by court judges
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye meets with Monterey Superior Court judges. L to R: Judges Susan Matcham, Larry Hayes, Vanessa Vallarta, Sam Lavorato, Marla Anderson, Commissioner Katherine Stoner, Presiding Judge Lydia Villarreal and Assistant Presiding Judge Julie Culver.


Court and branch leaders standing in pose in the juror orientation room
Administrative Director Martin Hoshino joins the Chief Justice on her tour of the Monterey court and meeting with Monterey County judges from the Salinas courthouse. L to R: Presiding Judge Lydia Villarreal, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Judge Marla Anderson, Administrative Director Martin Hoshino, and Assistant Presiding Judge Julie Culver.