Hundreds of new laws went into effect Jan. 1, including many that will protect the public and improve access to justice for all Californians.
Starting Monday, March 2, North County residents will no longer be required to drive to downtown San Diego to file their probate matters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 14-18, courts celebrated the single largest cohort of court users in the nation—citizens appearing for jury duty.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
While the model has helped equalize funding gaps across counties, chronic underfunding of the judicial branch has complicated its rollout.
California courts are making jury service more convenient for jurors by working around their schedules when possible.