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Judicial Council of California | 2018-2019

Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. Judicial Council staff implements the council’s policies.

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Council Facilitates Juvenile System Reforms

April 15, 2016 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—At its public meeting on April 15, the Judicial Council changed court rules and forms to implement reforms targeting those coming to family and juvenile courts. One action dealt with the implementation of a new law that changes the...
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Administrative Director Named to National Task Force: Fines, Fees, and Bail

February 04, 2016 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—Martin Hoshino, Administrative Director of the Judicial Council of California, was named to a newly created, national task force charged with addressing the ongoing impact that court fines, fees, and bail practices have on communities—especially the economically disadvantaged—across the United States.
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Courts Improving Access for Mentally Ill

December 11, 2015 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO— A task force appointed three years ago by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to improve case processing and outcomes for court users with mental illness was sunsetted by the Judicial Council with an assurance that the council will carry...
Millicent Tidwell Joins Staff of Judicial Council

Millicent Tidwell Joins Staff of Judicial Council

October 14, 2015 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—Millicent Tidwell, a longtime leader in the state’s executive branch, has been selected as the Judicial Council’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Ms. Tidwell is currently the Director of the Division of Rehabilitative Programs for the...
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Council Tackles Fallout From Budget Reductions

April 16, 2015 | News Release
SAN FRANCISCO—At its public meeting on April 17, the Judicial Council approved recommendations to address an anticipated shortfall of nearly $11 million in the judicial branch’s State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund (IMF) for fiscal...
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Council Approves Language Access Plan for Courts

Council Approves Language Access Plan for Courts

January 21, 2015 | News Release
SACRAMENTO—At its public meeting on January 22, the Judicial Council approved the adoption of a comprehensive language access plan that provides a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access for all limited English proficient court users...
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