News Release

Council to Consider Legislative Priorities for the Courts

This year’s recommended legislative agenda includes advocating for stable and reliable funding, securing more judgeships, and implementing pretrial detention reform.
Jan 14, 2022

VIA WEB CONFERENCE—The Judicial Council next week will consider the types of legislation it should support to increase access to justice for court users.

This year’s recommended legislative agenda includes:

  • Advocating for stable and reliable funding for courts to maintain in-person services and expand online services
  • Securing more judgeships for the superior courts with the greatest need
  • Implementing pretrial detention reform to increase the safe and efficient release of people arrested before trial

Other items on the Jan. 21 council meeting agenda include:

Funding for Court Reporters in Family and Juvenile Proceedings: The council will consider how to allocate $30 million from the state budget to increase the number of court reporters in civil and family law cases.

Increased Rate for Court Reporter Transcripts: The council will consider how to allocate $7 million from the state budget to help trial courts cover the increased costs for court reporter transcripts of court

Education for Judges and Court Staff: The council will consider its next two-year education plan for developing and delivering education to the judicial branch. The plan includes live programs and courses, offered both in person and remotely, as well as on-demand videos, online courses, podcasts, and publications.

The complete meeting agenda and council reports are posted to the California Courts Meeting Information Center. A link to a live webcast of the meeting will be on the California Courts website on the day of the meeting.