SAN FRANCISCO—At its public meeting on July 29, the Judicial Council approved funding allocations for general court operations and specific costs of the trial courts for fiscal year 2016-17.
A pilot program that funds free legal services for low-income Californians facing critical civil cases drastically increased the likelihood of settlement, improved the longevity of court orders, and reduced court costs, a new study shows.
At its July 27-28 business meeting, the Judicial Council approved changes to the way it determines how the state’s 58 trial courts are funded.
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.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Administrative Director Martin Hoshino met with court leadership and staff from Monterey Superior Court to learn how the court is improving access to justice for county residents.
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.
The Judicial Council on Friday awarded millions of dollars to fund pretrial projects in 16 trial courts throughout the state.
The formula forms the basis of the Judicial Needs Assessment, which estimates California needs an additional 173 judges.
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.
Guide addresses more than 200 questions and topics related to facilities, personnel, jury management, case management and processing, and communications.
Council also approves expansion of an online pilot program enabling low-income litigants to request reductions in traffic infraction fines and fees remotely
Revised budget proposal includes funding for a Judicial Council unit to provide training, technical assistance, and legal support to California’s trial courts on environmental and climate change issues.