Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget on Wednesday that will help restore court services slashed during the recession, fund courthouse projects, and improve access to justice for millions of Californians.
Did you know that Spanish is the most requested language by limited-English-proficiency court users?
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.
The formula forms the basis of the Judicial Needs Assessment, which estimates California needs an additional 173 judges.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed his first state budget on Thursday, which includes nearly $470 million in new judicial branch funding to continue the courts’ steady recovery after years of deep cuts.
Santa Clara County Judge Katherine Lucero will head a new Office of Community and Youth Restoration, part of California's overhaul of its juvenile justice system.
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.
Hundreds of new laws went into effect Jan. 1, including many that will protect the public and improve access to justice for all Californians.