State Court Funds Are Drying Up

April 20, 2015

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Brace yourselves for another round of budget cuts. Our trial courts get their money from a patchwork of funds and accounts, each of which is designated for certain often vaguely defined purposes, and each of which has its own set of revenue sources. Two of these funds are in big trouble—and so are we. At […]

Alliance Backs Bill for Court Reporters in Key Cases

April 17, 2015

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Alliance Backs Bill for Court Reporters in Key Cases Dear California Media, Most of us are trial court judges. We have a deep appreciation for the work that court reporters perform. We know that transcripts protect rights. Transcripts clarify complex and subtle rulings. Transcripts preserve testimony; without them, valid grounds for appeal are lost. Transcripts […]

The Alliance Responds to the Chief Justice’s State of the Judiciary Address

March 26, 2015

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On Monday, the Chief Justice gave her fourth State of the Judiciary address. Her remarks were brief, her tone subdued. In marked contrast with last year’s speech, she did not demand large sums from the Legislature, nor did she decry at length the crisis in our courts. Instead, she spoke about the Magna Carta and […]

If the insiders repeat it enough we will actually believe it?

March 18, 2015

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You probably noticed that the insiders on the judicial council, save a few blowhards like judge David Rosenberg who basically framed the latest audit report as a pack of lies were unusually quiet leading up to the legislative hearing. It was only after the hearing that we see other press reports that suggest that the […]

Key Legislator to AOC: “What the hell did you do with that money?”

March 12, 2015

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Yesterday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and Assembly Budget Subcommittee #5 on Public Safety held hearings on the recent audit of the Judicial Council and the AOC.  State Auditor Elaine Howle did not pull any punches.  She painted an ugly picture of an agency that has lost its way, one that has strayed from its […]

Will they walk the talk?

March 12, 2015

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Yesterday you heard judge Marsha Slough and Martin Hoshino sit in front of an assembly subcommittee and represent that they’re taking seriously the auditors findings and executing on a strategy to address them. But the two judges McCabe and Wachob were brought aboard the judicial council three years ago with great fanfare and they were […]

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