The Judicial Council presented the 2019 Distinguished Service Awards on Nov 14 in San Francisco. The prestigious Aranda Access to Justice Award was also presented in partnership with the California Lawyers Association and the California Judges Association.
Statewide investment in self-help services has helped Alameda Superior Court open a second center.
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.
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.
The Superior Court of Monterey established its DUI Treatment Court in October 2015 and has graduated 24 people from the program.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
The Judicial Council on Friday awarded millions of dollars to fund pretrial projects in 16 trial courts throughout the state.
Inspired by the Chief Justice, 13 California counties launch efforts to boost civic education.
Judge Carol Brosnahan, of the Superior Court of Alameda County, is the recipient of the 2019 Aranda Access to Justice Award. She was honored on Nov. 14, 2019, in a presentation that was live-streamed during the Judicial Council meeting.