Jan. 31, 2015
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Chief Justice swears-in Justice Ming Chin to Council


On Jan 22, 2015, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye swore-in Justice Chin as a member of the state's policy-making body for the judicial branch. Justice Chin, who sits on the state's Supreme Court, replaces retired Justice Marvin Baxter who served the council for 18 years.

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Judicial Council Staff Report


Administrative Director Martin Hoshino updates the council on a recent state audit; Prop 47's workload impact on courts; and a historical collaboration between El Dorado Superior Court and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians that resulted from the work of the California Tribal Court-State Forum.

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Lake County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge David Rosenberg


Lake County, ranked the poorest county in the state, hosts a population of 65,000 who are served by just 4 judges. The self-help center, once open to the public 5 days a week, is now operating just 2.5 days per week. In his liaison report to the Judicial Council, Judge Rosenberg details the court’s reduction in funding (from $5.4 million to $3.5 million in recent years) has resulted in the reduction of clerks from 43 to 29, cutting self-help center hours and IT staffing by 50%. Like other small counties with facilities built decades ago, jurors assemble in the hallways with the general public population, presented great security challenges for the court.

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Mendocino County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Gary Nadler


On Jan 22, 2015, Judge Gary Nadler reports that the Mendocino County court continues its struggle to serve the community from its out-dated facility in Ukiah (built in 1928). Court user parking is very limited, especially for jurors. Also, non-existent assembly space requires that jurors share space with in-custody defendants, presenting a significant public safety issue for the court. Though the court is scheduled to open a new facility in a few years, the court reports that because they are unable to save fiscal reserves, they fear they will lack the funds needed to relocate.

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San Francisco Superior Court Liaison Report


Years of drastic budget cuts have lead to staff lay-offs, reduced clerk hours, closed courtrooms, closure of a self-help center, and long wait times for callers trying to get through to the San Francisco court. Despite those reductions, the court is making headway in the areas of technology and collaborative courts. In his liaison report on Jan 22, 2015, Judicial Council member Judge Morris D. Jacobson highlights these accomplishments, as well as the challenges facing a court that anticipates four more years of budget deficits.

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Activity Report by Chief Justice: Jan 22, 2015




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Chief Justice on Importance of Civics Education


In January 2015, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye joins Conan Nolan on News Conference where she highlights the importance of civics, and why it is of special interest to her as leader of the state Judicial Branch. See the full story on the NBC4 Los Angeles website http://bit.ly/NBC4_TCS.

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San Bernardino Justice Center: Construction Timelapse


Just over two years of construction of the new San Bernardino Justice Center compressed into just over a minute. The award-winning new courthouse, 11 stories and 35 courtrooms, features vast improvements in convenience, security, and accessibility for court visitors and staff, numerous sustainability features, and an innovative structural feature for seismic safety: base isolation. It was completed on budget and occupied May 1, 2014

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge David Rubin




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Colusa County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge David Rosenberg




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San Diego County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Brandlin and Judge Weber




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Director's Report: Dec 12, 2014




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Chief Justice's Activity Report: Dec 2014


The leader of California's judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, presents an overview of her recent activities.

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Judge Desiree Bruce-Lyle on San Diego’s Mandatory Supervision Court


San Diego’s Judge Bruce-Lyle describes in some detail their Mandatory Supervision Court and the use of split sentencing. Highlighted are the collaboration between the court, Sheriff’s Department, Probation, District Attorney, and other stakeholders such as treatment providers. Offenders who choose this program over simple incarceration are held to a high level of accountability which reaps benefits of being better prepared to reintegrate with society in a productive way.

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Court Adoption and Permanency Month




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Court Facilities at Risk: The Napa Seismic Experience


On Aug 24, 2014, the Napa Superior Court's historic courthouse was rattled by a 6.0 earthquake. Two months later, a panel of court and bench leaders present to the Judicial Council on the resulting damage to the courthouse, which was red-tagged, as well as the danger that older courthouses throughout California pose to the public. "...if a quake like that happens in the middle of the day, our report to you will be much different," states Justice Brad Hill.

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Solano County Superior Court liaison report by Judge David Rosenberg


Judge Rosenberg reports on his Sept 25 visit to Solano County Superior Court as a council liaison. The court, he explains, is proud of their collaborative court efforts. They recently added two drug courts, a domestic violence court, and will soon offer a veterans court. While the court celebrates many accomplishments, judicial officers raise concerns about the lack of adequate funding. "To balance the budget, the Solano court had to impose six furlough days, effectively hitting court employees with a 2.3% pay reduction," councilmember Judge Rosenberg reports. Learn more about collaborative courts in California at http://www.courts.ca.gov/programs-collabjustice.htm.

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Contra Costa County Superior Court liaison report by Judge Morris Jacobson




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Administrative Director Martin Hoshino's Oct Report to Council


Judicial Council staff welcomed a new director on Oct 1, 2014. On Oct. 27, he reported to his first council meeting and presented this report.

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Chief Justice's Report to Council Oct 2014


In her report to the Judicial Council, the Chief Justice, leader of California's judicial branch, reviews her recent activities that include ongoing contact with sister branches of government and the Department of Finance as the pursuit for budget restoration for the courts continues. More at http://bit.ly/JCmeet10-27-14

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