The budget cuts $200 million from the state court system, though $150 million could be restored if the federal government sends additional aid by the fall.
Since the COVID-19 state of emergency issued in mid-March, courts around the state have been holding more court hearings remotely. Now courts are looking for ways to expand remote technology to support community engagement.
"We in the judicial branch will do our best to serve the public in these unprecedented times of a global pandemic and recession," Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said.
At its May 15 teleconference meeting, the council received reports on potential reductions to judicial branch funding, as well as planning efforts to restore court access and services restricted due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The California Supreme Court ordered the July California Bar Exam be postponed to Sept. 9-10, and directed the State Bar to make every effort to administer the test online with remote or electronic proctoring.
The order applies only to California Supreme Court proceedings with deadlines from March 20 through April 20.
The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday expanded mandatory electronic filing of all documents, including briefs, for review by the court.
The California Supreme Court announced it has amended oral argument procedures to protect the health and safety of the public.