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VIA TELECONFERENCE—The Judicial Council will hold a special meeting Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 12:00 p.m., via teleconference, for action by the council to assist the judicial branch in responding to the COVID-19 health crisis.

The council is calling this emergency meeting of court and branch leaders from around the state to consider measures to ensure California courts—which remain open as "essential services" under Gov. Newsom's stay-home executive order—can meet stringent health directives while also providing due process and access to justice.

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Meeting details are subject to change due to the rapid changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Session: 12:20 – 12:50 p.m. Call to Order
Public Comment
This meeting will be conducted telephonically and public comments will be accepted in writing only. To submit comments in writing, please visit the link below and follow the instructions provided under the “Written Comments” section. 

Submit written comments for this meeting by 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, to:


20-131 Judicial Branch Administration | Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Action Required)
Summary: Pursuant to its authority under article VI, section 6 of the California Constitution as the policy-making body of the California judicial branch, the Judicial Council should take actions due to the unprecedent nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to protect the health and safety of the public, court employees, attorneys, litigants, and judicial officers, as well as staff and inmates in detention facilities, and law enforcement.

Speakers: Hon. Marsha G. Slough, Chair, Executive and Planning Committee
Mr. Martin Hoshino, Administrative Director, Judicial Council 

Adjournment (approximately 12:50 p.m.)