COVID-19 and Court Operations Dec. 7, 2020 Best Practices for Security May 15, 2020
Fifty-two of California's 58 counties have resumed jury trials. Source: Court Service and Operations
For details about services and operations, visit court websites using the Find My Court tool.
The California court system consists of the local superior courts in each of California’s 58 counties, the 6 districts of the Courts of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Following is a summary of how judges and justices get to their positions on these courts. SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES
Budgeting within the judicial branch is complex, collaborative, and time-consuming and the courts are integral to the process.
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that threatens the lives, health and safety of all Californians.
The table below shows emergency orders that have been signed by the Chief Justice. Additional emergency orders will be added once they become available.
The Judicial Council continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Courts have been advised to follow guidance provided by the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus. Updates will be communicated through local court websites as appropriate. The latest statewide judicial branch actions are updated here. For details about local court operations, visit the court's website using the Find My Court tool.
Created by constitutional amendment, the council is the policymaking body for California’s state court system The 21 voting members include the Chief Justice, 14 judicial officers, 4 attorneys, and 1 member from each house of the Legislature The council also has advisory members who include judicial officers and court executives or administrators The council carries out much of its work through the hundreds of volunteers on its committees and task forc
Jury pay: $15/day starting with second day of service and 34 cents per mile, one way Number of Californians summoned to jury service in fiscal year 2017–18: approximately 9 million* Number of Californians summoned to jury service who completed service in fiscal year 2017–18: approximately 4 million* Number of Californians sworn in to serve as jurors in fiscal year 2017–18: approximately 138,000* * Numbers are based on data for fiscal year 2017–18, with 56 of the 58 (97%) superior courts reporting
Collaborative justice courts have a dedicated calendar and judge to address specific types of issues California currently has more than 400 collaborative justice courts in all but three small jurisdictions Most drug court caseloads average between 75 and 100 participants while other collaborative courts tend to have smaller caseloads Collaborative justice courts, also called problem-solving courts, promote accountability for youth and adults by combining judicial supervision with services and treatment to help them address the issues that led