Welcome to Judicial Council Watcher

Posted on October 25, 2010


What happened to AOC Watcher? Why did the blog die?

We don’t know. We commend AOC Watcher for the great public service they provided to the people of the State of California as well as the California court system. We’re speculating that either AOC Watcher had an objective that had been achieved or that the attacks on the judicial branch had broadened beyond the boundaries of the AOC. 

Some have speculated that AOC Watcher is a member of the Alliance of California Judges, some wonder if AOC Watcher might have been a product of former AOC employees Jack Urquart, Michael Paul or a reporter for one of the in town legal newspapers.

We may never know and in that spirit, this blog was launched and will be combined with other web resources of independent justice partners that wish to see reforms in the way California Courts do business from the top down.

This blog is intended to promote concepts that will lead to meaningful reforms of the judicial branch and the way they do business, starting with the judicial council of california itself and traveling all the way down to the local court level. We believe that meaningful reform is inevitable in the internet age and that it will be the internet that brings the parties together. Towards that end, we’re working with others to create a social networking platform in the image of moveon.org to promote ideas and concepts and to garner the participation of the judiciary, the legislature and public at large.

Meaningful reform must start with the Judicial Council of California and the current governance model of the California Courts system and the AOC.

Towards that end a constitutional amendment to amend article VI of the California Constitution and other related legislation is required. Whereas the AOC and the Judicial Council wish to centralize their control over the judiciary we believe this to be a threat to judicial independence of locally elected judicial officers and independent judicial discretion. Its no surprise that the judicial branch is pulled out all the stops to resist change. When you have a communications and media group that is 150% larger than the largest news organization in the state, you can virtually control the message. When you have a closely coordinated lobbying arm of several dozen individuals working state legislators in addition to AOC executives, council members and members of the state and local bar as well as the California Judges Association, your ability to press for legislation is parallelled only by the union organization. While the executive branch and legislative branch are being termed out of their causes, the judicial branch remains steadfast in their ability to stay on message and promote their own agenda. Only through social networking may the common man be able to effect change. It isn’t good enough for a group of 10-25 persons at the local county level trying to promote reforms or for individuals to fight for their rights in a court system that is stacked against them. It must be a coordinated effort by all stakeh0lders to come together and fundamentally change the way that the Judicial Branch does business.