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California Courts Court levels: 3 Superior, also known as trial courts: 58—one in each county Court of Appeal districts: 6 Highest court: California Supreme Court Judicial branch budget is 1.5% of State General Fund
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
Fifty-two of California's 58 counties have resumed jury trials. Source: Court Service and Operations
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Court levels: 3 Trial courts: 58—one in each county Court of Appeal districts: 6 Highest court: California Supreme Court Judicial branch budget is 1.5% of State General Fund The California court system—the largest in the nation, with approximately 1,800 justices and judges and 6 million cases—serves more than 40 million people. The state Constitution vests the judicial power of California in the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and superior courts.
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 2019–20: approximately 9 million* Number of Californians summoned to jury service who completed service in fiscal year 2019–20: approximately 4 million* Number of Californians sworn in to serve as jurors in fiscal year 2019–20: approximately 94,000* * Numbers are based on data for fiscal year 2019–20, with 56 of the 58 (97%) superior courts reporting
Languages and dialects spoken in California—more than 200 Percentage of Californians that speak a non-English language at home: 44% Percentage of Californians with English-language limitations: approximately 19% (more than 7 million) Languages certified for court interpreters: American Sign Language and 15 spoken languages—Arabic, Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese Spanish remains the most interpreted language in courtro
Justices: 1 Chief Justice, 6 Associate Justices Filings: 6,470 in fiscal year 2019-20 78 written opinions in fiscal year 2019-20 More data points in the Court Statistics Report Image
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