The Judicial Council uses the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology (WAFM) to calculate how much funding each of the state’s 58 trial courts will receive annually, based on the workload at each court.
For more than two decades, the Judicial Council has offered a unique opportunity to students with a keen interest in law, policy, and the administration of justice through the Judicial Fellowship Program.
(Subscription required) Judge Cheryl L. Leininger has enjoyed the rise of paperless technology during her 29 years on the bench, but she still takes copious notes by hand, a skill that helps her cases move along.
(Subscription required) Judge Layne Melzer spent 30 years working complex business cases with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, but said his first year presiding over a family law court has already proven tougher.
Court interpreters and Superior Court officials in coastal Northern California counties have agreed on a labor contract providing a 21 percent wage increase over four years, ending a yearlong dispute that included a series of one-day walkouts.
(Subscription required) Managing family court and juvenile court calendars is stressful, especially in rural Imperial County, where budgets are tight, resources scarce, and problems abundant, said Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa.