Sep. 19, 2014
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Videos


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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San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge James Herman




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Santa Barbara County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Dean Stout


Judge Stout met with the judicial officers and the court executive of the Santa Barbara court and learned how reductions in staff (26%) and the pending closure of the Solvang courthouse is straining the court. In addition, budget setbacks over the years has forced the court to reduce services to the public and reduce clerk’s office hours, delaying case processing and proceedings. The historic courthouse features no perimeter security, inmates escorted to courtrooms via public hallways

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Inyo County Superior Court Liaison Report by Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst




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California Civic Learning Awards & Civic Learning Task Force


How California high school students benefit from engaging civic learning programs that equip, empower, and encourage them to grow into active citizens. And how the Civic Learning Task Force is working to broaden these vitally important programs. Produced by the California Bar Foundation.

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Council Discusses Dropping AOC Name of its Staff Agency




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Ventura County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge James Herman




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Judge David Rosenberg Welcomes Solano County Staff




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Lassen County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Robert Glusman


Judge Robert Glusman reviews his visit to Lassen County Superior Court in Susanville. Working with a staff reduced by 40% since 2008, the staff struggles to provide services to the county made famous in the PBS documentary, "Prison Town, USA." The court has only two judges for all cases and self-help services have been reduced 50%.

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Trinity County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Stephen Baker


On June 27, 2014, Judge Baker outlines the court's challenges and reviews how the economic downturn has affected county residents, leading, in turn, to an increase in family and dependency case filings and impairing the ability of many court users to pay their court fees.

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El Dorado County Superior Court Liaison Report by Commissioner Sue Alexander




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Alpine County Superior Court Liaison Report by Commissioner Sue Alexander


Commissioner Alexander highlights her visit to the trial court in Alpine County.

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Chief Justice Announces Intent to Shed AOC Name


Citing confusion caused by having a staff with its own name, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye urged the Judicial Council to divest itself of the name "Administrative Office of the Courts." http://www.courts.ca.gov/26554.htm

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Kern County Superior Court Liaison Report from Judge Dean Stout


Judge Dean Stout reports on the Superior Court of Kern County April 25, 2014 Judge Stout details the court's geographical challenges delivering access to justice over an 8,000-square-mile area to almost one million people. The ability to attract qualified judicial candidates was also reported as a big concern. The court operates with six vacant judgeships.

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