Judicial Funding Blueprint is a dead letter

December 12, 2014

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At its meeting this Friday, December 12, the Judicial Council will decide its legislative priorities for the coming year. Their Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee recommends that the Council lobby the Legislature for three things: • Extensions on increases, enacted in 2012, in civil fees ranging from $15 to $450; • Funding for 10 of […]

10.2 billion dollars in uncollected fees and fines….

November 21, 2014

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Yesterday an article appeared in Metnews about, in our opinion, one of the dumbest ideas of the year. The idea is that the judicial branch would collect a commission of up to 25% for collecting on uncollected fees, fines, forfeitures and other court ordered debts.   Our courts are not staffed to be debt collectors. […]

Joe Dunn is out at State Bar

November 14, 2014

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Focus for a moment on the following statement that can be found all over the State Bar website: The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be […]

Here we go again….

November 12, 2014

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(JCW) A recent communique from the Alliance of California Judges You have probably received an e-mail survey from the recently created Commission on the Future of California’s Court System asking your opinion about how best to improve the branch.  You may be tempted to ignore this survey; after all, over the last four years, you’ve […]

The FlashMob Survey

November 8, 2014

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Is there enough personal commitment and political will to get hundreds people together from all aspects of the judicial branch to promote democracy, justice and accountability in the form of a flash mob for appearances in San Francisco and Sacramento on a weekday in early April? All aspects would include inviting everyone from he who […]

If it wasn’t already obvious…..

November 7, 2014

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Imagine producing a flash mob of 500 court employees and members of the public with forty thousand watts of music power pulling up on two semi-tractor trailers in civic center plaza facing the supreme court building at lunch time on a spring weekday to send this message exactly as delivered below. Every media outlet in the world […]

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