Dec. 18, 2014
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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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Judge Stephen Manley on Santa Clara’s Two-Judge Panel Model


Judge Stephen Manley of the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, describes how moderate-risk/moderate-need post realignment offenders are overseen by a “two-judge panel” and its impact on recidivism. The number of petitions being filed, Judge Manley explains, has decreased dramatically as a result.

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Administrative Director Report Aug 21, 2014




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Chief Justice's Report Aug 21, 2014




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Amador County Superior Court Liaison Report by Commissioner Sue Alexander




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Glenn County Superior Court Liaison Report by Commissioner Sue Alexander




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Alameda County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Mary Ann O'Malley




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Riverside County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge James Brandlin


In his report to the Judicial Council, Judge Brandlin reviews challenges being faced by the trial court of Riverside County, including a $20 million deficit in 2013 that led to staff layoffs, closed courthouses, and reduced services. The Court has the 2nd highest workload statewide with just 85 judicial officers (based on workload, the court needs 138), annually averaging 5,120 cases per judicial officer (average statewide is 3,800).

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