SAN FRANCISCO—At its public meeting on July 29, the Judicial Council will consider a recommendation from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to make an allocation to the trial courts from the Trial Court Trust Fund (TCTF) and General Fund for general court operations and specific costs for fiscal year 2016-17. The recommendation includes new funding for court employee benefits cost increases, court security, general court operations, and workload costs associated with Proposition 47.
Judicial Branch Budget Review Process
Once the Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a state budget, the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee reviews the trial courts' portion of the budget and prepares recommendations to the Judicial Council on allocations among the 58 trial courts for the coming fiscal year. A similar budget process is followed for proposing the budgets for the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.
Other items on the July 29 council meeting agenda include:
Court-Appointed Counsel Funding: The council will consider recommendations from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to adopt a one-time modification to the court-appointed counsel funding methodology as it pertains to courts with smaller caseloads.
Community Corrections Report: The council will receive a report on the effectiveness of SB 678, also known as the California Community Corrections Performance Incentives Act of 2009.
Substance Abuse Focus Grants: The council will receive a report detailing recommendations for funding programs in 49 courts for FY 2016-2017 to expand or enhance promising collaborative justice programs around the state.
Updates From Council Liaison Visits to Local Courts: The council is scheduled to receive liaison reports on the superior courts in Inyo and Santa Clara Counties (liaison reports are subject to change). 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.