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.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a budget that includes $1.2 billion in new funding for the judicial branch, including restoring $200 million in previous cuts and making major investments in judicial branch programs improving access to justice.
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.
A paralegal in Los Angeles County Superior Court's self-help center receives recognition for her commitment to service.
California superior courts received more than 200,000 petitions for resentencing or applications for reclassification during the first 13 months after voters approved Proposition 47.