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.
May 9-13 is Juror Appreciation Week, but courts are making the jury system better all year with check-in kiosks, text reminders, and web-based services.
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.
Statewide investment in self-help services has helped Alameda Superior Court open a second center.
Hundreds of children awaiting adoption got their day in court and their forever families during the month of November.
A hospital in San Bernardino County offers patients access to something no other hospital in the state offers: access to justice. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in the city of Colton houses the state’s only in-hospital courtroom.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
Every year, nearly 1.2 million people come to self-help centers in California courthouses seeking guidance with civil cases such as divorces, evictions, and restraining orders. While every county court has its own self-help center, nearly a dozen also use JusticeCorps students to help serve users.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
A paralegal in Los Angeles County Superior Court's self-help center receives recognition for her commitment to service.
California’s 75 teen courts let youth face a jury of their peers—and steer cases away from the juvenile justice system.
Videoconference technology helps deliver self-help services remotely and increases a court's outreach.