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Judicial Council of California
Chaired by the Chief Justice of California, the Judicial Council establishes policies and priorities for the statewide administration of justice in the California Courts.
About California Courts
California has 58 superior courts to hear civil and criminal cases, as well as the Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court.
Learn more about the plain language civil and criminal jury instructions adopted by the Judicial Council and that accurately convey the law using language that is understandable to jurors.
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We invite you to comment on proposed changes to the California Rules of Court, Standards of Judicial Administration, Judicial Council forms, California Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions, and Judicial Council–sponsored legislation.
2014 State of the Judiciary “We face astonishing and harmful delays in urgent family matters, in business contracts, wrongful termination, discrimination cases, personal injury cases—across the board,” she told legislators. “We want to be a partner in fair and collaborative solutions.” MORE >>
The Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee held a statewide teleconference this week to discuss court interpreter funding and proposed revisions to a number of information technology project allocations. A recording of the meeting and the agenda are posted to the committee's web page.
More than $1 billion in funding reductions over the last five years have forced California courts to shutter courthouses and reduce vital services to the public. Courts report, county-by-county, on specific impacts caused by the ongoing budget crisis. Visit InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis.
The Administrative Office of the Courts will be hosting Community Justice 2014 in partnership with the Center for Court Innovation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance in San Francisco, Apr 22—24. There is no registration fee for the summit.
Thirteen schools will receive this year's Civic Learning Award. Now in their second year, these awards recognize successful efforts to engage California public high school students in civic learning and spotlight replicable models for other schools.