In 2018, the state judicial branch was instrumental in ushering in major changes to the court system and ensuring equal access to justice for all Californians.
Courts around the state worked to restore, maintain, and even expand access to justice amid the continuing pandemic.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye presented her annual State of the Judiciary Address to the Legislature on March 19, 2018.
Chief Justice says civil rights work remains unfinished; current challenges of income inequality, pretrial reform, and equal access require innovation and a human touch from a more representative judiciary.
"We have continued to strive and struggle to balance equal access to justice with a safe physical and remote court environment, and to continue to conduct the people’s business amid the pandemic," the Chief Justice said.
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.
Excerpted from the State of the Judiciary Address, presented to the Legislature on March 19, 2018.
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.
State's top jurist to leave bench after 32 years—12 as chief justice—and 38 years of public service
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.
“This year’s budget represents an unprecedented investment in our judicial branch,” said Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
Update: Meeting Videocast