SAN FRANCISCO—The Judicial Council at its July 20 business meeting will consider a recommendation from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to approve new funding for the state’s 58 trial courts. The recommended allocations include $47.8 million in new funding to boost the budgets of the state’s most underfunded trial courts.
In addition, the council will consider $19.1 million in new funding for self-help services—which support the more than 4 million Californians who go to court each year without an attorney—and $23.8 million for employee benefits.
Other items on the council meeting agenda include:
Branch Budget Priorities for FY 2019-2020: The council will consider a recommendation from its Judicial Branch Budget Committee to approve budget change proposals for fiscal year 2019-2020, including requests for funding new judgeships, case management systems, courthouse operations and maintenance, and court security.
Updates from Council Liaison Visits to Local Courts: The council is scheduled to receive a liaison report on the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County. These reports give council members information on a court’s operations and challenges, as well as its solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness in how it provides access to justice for the public.