Mar. 30, 2015
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Civics: an excerpt from the 2015 State of the Judiciary Address


In her 2015 address, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye describes the importance of civics education and engagement, “because innovations and efficiencies in any of our branches mean little if the public we serve does not understand or trust us.” The chief justice noted the state’s dismal 31 percent turnout of eligible voters (42 percent of those registered) in last November’s general election and said government leaders have a responsibility to encourage engagement.

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The Judicial Council and its Advisory Bodies


An excerpt from the 2015 State of the Judiciary Address, the Chief Justice compares the role of the State Judicial Council to that of the State Legislature, noting stark similarities between both governing bodies.

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California's State of the Judiciary 2015


On Mar 23, 2015, the leader of California's judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye presented the State of the Judiciary in Sacramento.

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Diversity of the state legislature


At a closing ceremony for Black History Month commemorations at the state building in San Francisco, Assemblyman David Chiu makes remarks about the diversity of California's legislature.

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Chief Justice at Future of California Elections Conference 2015


In her keynote address at the FOCE conference in Sacramento on Feb 18, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye details the judicial branch's Civic Learning Initiative (http://www.courts.ca.gov/20902.htm) that she launched in 2013. Since then, according to FOCE's executive director, it has become a national model. The Future of California Elections (FOCE) is a collaboration between election officials, civil rights organizations and election reform advocates to examine and address the unique challenges facing the State of California’s election system.

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Student Film “No David” for Civic Learning Award


Created by El Camino Creek Elementary School and submitted with their application for recognition by the Civic Learning Award. One of many of their civics programs was inspired by the Caldecott Honor Book No David! Students prepare for and perform a mock trial, giving them a strong understanding of the Rule of Law and the role of the judicial branch within our democracy. For this and its many other civic learning efforts, the school was announced a recipient of the Award of Excellence on Mar 2, 2015. http://www.courts.ca.gov/23201.htm

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Judicial Council staff director announces spending cuts


Administrative Director Martin Hoshino reports to the Judicial Council on Feb 19, 2015, benefits cuts for top level staff and other cost-saving measure starting July 1. The details were provided in a report on progress in response to a state audit of council staff spending.

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Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar on Language Access




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Martin Hoshino presents Judicial Council staff update Feb 2015


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Chief Justice's Activity Report Feb 2015


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Amplifying Student Voices: Promoting Civic Learning in Your District


Right now in California, public education reform – from the adoption of new state content standards to local control of school funding – offers the unique opportunity to ensure that all students at all California schools can experience high-quality civic learning. Civic Learning Partnerships are now launched in Alameda, Butte, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego – and you can help. In these counties, a network of education, business, and judicial leaders are being formed to reach out to individual boards of education and ask them to adopt a resolution embracing civics education. One of the most important voices in this process is that of the student! Students from these six regions will be using the tips in this video, presented by Rio Americano High School student Saron Dea, to ask school boards to plan and implement programs for all K-12 students that incorporate the Six Proven Practices in Civic Learning (http://www.powerofdemocracy.org/civic-learning/what-works). We urge you to join the effort! Go to http://www.powerofdemocracy.org for more information.

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Video 2: The Written Exam


The California Court Interpreters Program What to Expect on Test Day Video 2: The Written Exam

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Video 3: The Bilingual Oral Interpreting Exam


The California Court Interpreters Program What to Expect on Test Day Video 3: The Bilingual Oral Interpreting Exam

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Video 1: The Oral Proficiency Exam


The California Court Interpreters Program What to Expect on Test Day Video 1: The Oral Proficiency Exam

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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 County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Morris Jacobson


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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