Centralized Funding & Control – The Real “Phantom Menace”

April 14, 2014

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The Chief Justice made a startling statement in a recent television interview: “General funds support for the third branch of government has failed. It’s absolutely a skeleton of what it used to be.” Her remarks stand in stark contrast with those of her predecessor in a speech he gave back in 2009: “It was anticipated […]

AOC Priorities are not those of the courts

April 10, 2014

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The AOC recently put together a 21-page spreadsheet listing all that it does. You can read it on the Judicial Branch website here. The AOC counts the following among the services it provides: “Support to Civics Education program to improve civic learning and public understanding of the judicial branch including the California Task Force on K-12 […]

Flirting with dementia while sitting on the bench

April 9, 2014

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“Do you have anything to add?” We’re going a bit off the reservation today because we think it is important that Courthouse News gets a new judge to hear their case. As has been widely reported, the ninth circuit reversed a decision to dismiss a lawsuit against Michael Planet of the Ventura County Courts for […]

Auditable: Your revenue projections might be off when you spend the money.

March 28, 2014

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It was a struggle for the AOC to keep what they knew about the so called 70 million dollar revenue shortfall under wraps with a joint legislative audit committee breathing down their neck. Had the information leaked out sooner, it just might have resulted in a unanimous decision to audit the judicial council and the […]

AOC’s revenue projections off by $70 million

March 18, 2014

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The Alliance of California Judges has learned that the AOC is now projecting a dramatic shortfall in the Trial Court Trust Fund for the current fiscal year.  Apparently, revenues from fees will fall far short of the AOC’s expectations.  According to the latest figures, the AOC’s original revenue predictions were off by $70 million. This […]

The AOC’s Crystal Ball of Finance malfunctions again

March 18, 2014

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It’s pretty much a given fact that as you increase prices on goods and services, you are going to sell less of them. So it is no surprise that the public that we serve is reacting to the draconian fines and fees associated with any moving violation in part by changing their behavior. On average, […]

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