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.
While the model has helped equalize funding gaps across counties, chronic underfunding of the judicial branch has complicated its rollout.
A pilot program that funds free legal services for low-income Californians facing critical civil cases drastically increased the likelihood of settlement, improved the longevity of court orders, and reduced court costs, a new study shows.
More than 150 judges, court managers and IT professionals came together in Sacramento last week to find new ways to harness technologies to offer better service and access to the public.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
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 Q&A with Steve Binder, a 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient from San Diego whose innovative court model started a nationwide movement.
Hundreds of children awaiting adoption got their day in court and their forever families during the month of November.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Administrative Director Martin Hoshino met with court leadership and staff from Monterey Superior Court to learn how the court is improving access to justice for county residents.
A statement from California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on the revised budget proposal for the judicial branch.
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.