In a nutshell, here’s the Judicial Council / AOC’s story so far…

Posted on March 18, 2011

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Some people that visit this blog are unaware that if they click on the title of the blog entry, all the comments from others will be revealed. As a result, they peruse only the home page and see only posts by JCW. In the interests of sharing with all, I wish to provide a recap of events to date courtesy of blogger Wendy Darling and Judge Tony Maino. We’ve added a special tune to set the tone.

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Wendy Darling

In a nutshell, here’s the story so far:

First, AOC employees voiced concerns and complaints about the misconduct and mismanagement going on within the judicial branch, and in particular within the AOC. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Fire the employees or intimidate them into quitting, label them disgruntled and tell everyone that the employees don’t know what they’re talking about.

Next, court employees, court officers, and court administrators voiced concerns and complaints about the misconduct and mismanagement going on within the judicial branch, and in particular within the AOC. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Ignore them and tell everyone that they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Then some of the judges around the state voiced concerns and complaints about the misconduct and mismanagement going on within the judicial branch, and in particular within the AOC. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Attack the judges, label them “shrill and uninformed,” tell them to shut up, and tell everyone else that the judges don’t know what they’re talking about.

Then members of the state legislature voiced concerns and complaints about the misconduct and mismanagement going on within the judicial branch, and in particular within the AOC. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Mislead the members of the state legislature and tell the state legislature that they “just don’t understand” (a different way of saying that they don’t know what they’re talking about).

Then members of the state legislature, in an effort to “understand” what the AOC can’t seem to explain, directs the State Bureau of Audits to conduct an audit. The audit identifies and documents serious issues of misconduct and mismanagement going on within the judicial branch, and in particular within the AOC. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Defend those engaging in the misconduct and mismanagement, attack the auditor as being biased, claim the auditors didn’t understand the issues, don’t know what they’re talking about, and it’s “time to move on.”

Then the state legislature voices concern about the failure of the judicial branch to hold those responsible within the branch, and in particular within the AOC, accountable for the misconduct and mismanagement. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Chastise the state legislature for interfering in “branch governance” and tell everyone that those responsible for the misconduct and mismanagement are valuable members to judicial branch administration.

When the branch still fails to take corrective action, members of the state legislature and the ACJ step in, and legislation is submitted in the State Legislature to clean up this mess. At about the same time, the “mess” hits the press and onto to the national news. The response of the judicial council and the AOC? Attack the legislation and those sponsoring it, tell everyone that if the legislation is passed the sky will fall in, and the members of the state legislature and the ACJ have a hidden agenda and don’t know what they’re talking about. Meanwhile, they’re going ahead with CCMS, and all will continue as usual in their management practices over at 455 Golden Gate Avenue.

One can only wonder what the next chapter will be in the judicial branch’s and the AOC’s twisted and Orwellian version of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

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Judge Tony Maino

All of this is correct wendy darling.

Sad to say, but CCMS is not the entire problem. We have courthouses being built at $2000.00 a square foot; repairs of judge’s bench here in Vista that cost $15,000.00 more than it should have cost; lights in San Diego Courthouses being changed for over $400.00 per light. These are not isolated problems. Thank goodness the press and the Legislature are looking into these expenses and by doing so are protecting public funds.

Also unresolved is the issue of gifts to the AOC. We know that about $190,000.00 has been given to the AOC as gifts since 2002 but we do not know the names of every donor; how much each doner gave; when each donor gave gifts nor do we have a detailed public record of where this money went. Mr. Vickrey has not answered these questions. It also appears that the Judicial Council will not order him to be accountable and transparent.

The problem starts with the Judicial Council. It is not a democratic institution. This, in my opinion, needs to be changed.

Finally, when a member(s) of the Legislature call for the resignation of Mr. Vickrey this is not an interference with the Judicial Branch. Calling for his resignation no more interferes with the judicial function that would calling for the resignation of a CHP Commissioner who ordered 1000 Porsche patrol cars interfere with with function of the CHP. The Legislature has the responsibility to make sure that tax money is properly spent. The actions of the AOC have cast doubt on their ability to carry out their fiduciary responsibility to the public.

(taken from ccms a national disgrace thread)