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.
Roughly 206 drug courts serve residents in 53 of California’s 58 counties. By helping people with substance abuse issues repair their lives, drug courts divert those who could otherwise cycle repeatedly through the criminal justice system.
See how new and renovated courthouses are making jury service a more comfortable experience.
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 Judicial Council has revised rules of court and forms to help implement a statute that expands the use of expedited jury trials in California, effective July 1.
Guide addresses more than 200 questions and topics related to facilities, personnel, jury management, case management and processing, and communications.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
In 2018, a number of new laws were created in the hope of expanding the rights of Californians through the court system.
The Superior Court of Monterey established its DUI Treatment Court in October 2015 and has graduated 24 people from the program.
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.
The formula forms the basis of the Judicial Needs Assessment, which estimates California needs an additional 173 judges.