SACRAMENTO—The Judicial Council at its November 16–17 business meeting in Sacramento will hear firsthand from members of the workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system. The Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup issued its final report last month, recommending money bail be replaced by a risk-based assessment and supervision system that helps judges determine whether to release or detain defendants before trial based on their threat to public safety and their likelihood of making a court appearance.

The workgroup submitted its report to the Chief Justice in October, and she asked the workgroup to present its process, findings, and recommendations as an informational item to the Judicial Council at its public meeting.

The recommendations and FAQs are posted to the California Courts Newsroom.

Other items on the council meeting agenda include:

Court Innovation Grants: The council will receive an update on the grants program, which funds court projects designed to improve court efficiency and increase the public’s access to justice. In accordance with the state Budget Act of 2016, the council approved 51 grants in 29 courts, with most of the funding going to collaborative justice, as well as self-help, family, and juvenile court programs.

Legislative Priorities for 2018: The council will consider recommendations on its legislative priorities for the upcoming year. Proposed priorities include: investment in the judicial branch; securing critically needed judgeships; funding courthouse construction; pursuing a three-branch solution to improve California’s fines, fees, penalties, and assessments structure; and advocating for legislation to implement the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System and the Pretrial Detention Reform Workgroup.

Language Help for Court Users: The council will consider language access recommendations to require each superior court to designate a Language Access Representative and adopt a language access services complaint form and complaint procedures. The new rules would help implement the many recommendations contained in the council’s Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts.

Family Law Update: The council will receive an informational report on family law initiatives, including: milestone developments in family courts; services provided by the council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts and other council offices; and projects in development to further access to the fair disposition of family law cases.

The meeting agenda and council reports have been posted online, and a link to the live videocast of the meeting will be on the California Courts website on the day of the meeting.

Note: The November 16–17 Judicial Council business meeting will take place at the Judicial Council’s office at 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA.