SAN FRANCISCO—The Judicial Council at its September 20 business meeting will get a report on Senate Bill 10, recently signed legislation that will eliminate money bail for criminal defendants.
Tracking most of the recommendations made by Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye’s Pretrial Detention Workgroup, the law will change California’s pretrial release procedures from a money-based system to a risk-based release and detention system that considers defendants’ risk to public safety and their likelihood to return to court.
Presenters will review the details of SB 10, focusing on the requirements placed on the trial courts, justice partners, and the council. They will also provide an overview of the plan for implementing the new procedures by Oct. 1, 2019.
Other items on the council meeting agenda include:
Handling Traffic Cases Online: The council will consider a recommendation to add more trial courts to the Online Traffic Adjudication Pilot Project. The project is testing ways to take traffic court online, including looking up traffic citations, making ability-to-pay determinations for traffic fines and fees, and adjudicating cases.
Remote Access to Electronic Records: The council will consider a recommendation to adopt a new set of court rules to govern remote access to electronic records by parties, parties’ attorneys, court-appointed persons, legal organizations, qualified legal services projects, and government entities.
Discretionary Funding for Trial Courts: The council will consider a recommendation to allocate $75 million in discretionary funding to the trial courts from the 2018-19 state budget.
Court Adoption and Permanency Month: As it has since 1999, the council will consider a recommendation to proclaim November “Court Adoption and Permanency Month.” The designation recognizes the efforts of California courts and justice partners to provide children and families with fair, understandable judicial proceedings and just permanency outcomes. As part of the presentation, the council will hear from an adoptive family about its experience with the adoption process.