SAN FRANCISCO—The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System has posted 10 concepts it will explore during its August 29 public comment session in Los Angeles.

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye appointed commission members in February 2015 and charged them with proposing recommendations for making the court system more efficient and effective.  

Proposed Concepts
There are 10 concepts and goals under consideration for public comment at this session, including but not limited to: decriminalizing traffic infractions and moving them to a civil forum; increasing judicial discretion regarding a defendant’s ability to pay fines and fees; creating a new intermediate civil case track; establishing common classification and salary structures for the trial courts; exploring current and emerging technology to provide a cost-effective record of proceedings; and exploring ownership of the record of court proceedings.

See the commission’s webpage for the complete list and additional detail on all 10 proposed concepts, including those listed above.

Comment Procedures
Members of the public can request to speak at the comment session or submit written comments either before or after the session. A link to the live audiocast of the public comment session—posted approximately 15 minutes before the session―will be available on the Futures Commission webpage.

For more information, view the comment procedures.

The commission held similar comment sessions in San Francisco on December 8, 2015 and February 8-9, 2016, and in Los Angeles on July 22, 2016.