Lower passing score will not be applied retroactively to previous Bar Exam takers, court writes in letter to State Bar.
Council also approves expansion of an online pilot program enabling low-income litigants to request reductions in traffic infraction fines and fees remotely
The California Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam and released plans for an October test administered online.
Guide addresses more than 200 questions and topics related to facilities, personnel, jury management, case management and processing, and communications.
At its July 20 business meeting, the Judicial Council approved funding for the state’s 58 trial courts, including $47.8 million in new funding to boost the budgets of the neediest courts.
The California Supreme Court today appointed Justice William S. Dato, of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (San Diego) as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance.
The proposal provides $4.2 billion for the judicial branch, which includes $150 million in new funding for local trial court operations and a commitment to fund construction for ten new courthouse projects.
The Judicial Council received a report on how the state’s trial courts used additional funding included in this fiscal year’s judicial branch budget to expand hours, reopen closed locations, and invest in new technology to increase access to justice for the public.
At its March 15 business meeting, the Judicial Council approved recommendations for updating guidelines for video remote interpreting (VRI) and voted to have its staff coordinate a new VRI program for the judicial branch.
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 formula forms the basis of the Judicial Needs Assessment, which estimates California needs an additional 173 judges.
The Supreme Court of California on Friday announced three appointments to the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners.