Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye recently visited three schools earning a Civic Learning Award of Excellence—the highest honor —this year: Kumeyaay Elementary in San Diego County, Bellflower High School in Los Angeles County, and Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Charter in Sacramento County.
As the Chief Justice prepares to address the Legislature on the 2019 State of the Judiciary, a look back at some key judicial branch milestones.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye participated in a panel discussion called, "Undermining the Courts and Media: The Consequences of American Democracy" at the National Judicial College Judges and Journalists Symposium.
A group of five recent graduates share how their civic engagement at a young age prepared them for their next steps in life. All have been involved in youth courts, youth government, and other civic education programs.
Juvenile courts in California are uniquely responsible for the treatment and rehabilitation of young offenders. But increasingly, courts and schools are recognizing the value of keeping students in classrooms and out of the court system altogether.
The Constitutional promise of being tried by a “jury of your peers” is taken to the extreme in peer courts, an alternative approach to the traditional juvenile justice system where teens judge other teens.
The Court of Appeal Calendar Notice read "Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. (Imperial County oral argument)", and after the oral argument session the case Dockets read "argued in Brawley." That's because the Fourth District, Division One traveled from its downtown San Diego courtroom to Imperial County to enable nearly 500 local students to experience their justice system in action, maybe to inspire some of them to become future lawyers, and perhaps even Court of Appeal justices.
First held in Los Angeles in 2002, these events help court in several counties stay connected to their community.
Inspired by the Chief Justice, 13 California counties launch efforts to boost civic education.
In this video feature, the Chief Justice explains the judiciary's role in civic education and why her Civic Learning Initiative is so important to her as leader of the state judicial branch.
With an assist from the Chief Justice's initiative on civic learning, the California Department of Education has started rolling out a new history-social science framework that emphasizes civic education.
In 2016, the Judicial Council continued focusing on efforts to better stabilize branch funding, improve branch governance, and to address concerns about fairness raised by the public, our sister branches of government, and stakeholders throughout the state.