AB1208 – A brand new day

Posted on May 4, 2011


It’s been about 24 hours since we all were rather shocked by the events that transpired in yesterdays session of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. No doubt there remains some uncertainty and lots of mixed emotions. Mixed emotions because the issues of judicial branch governance have been partially removed from the table and many are assessing to see what remains.

A few of my favorite posters who were invested in this effort have indicated they’ve hung up their hats. We all know that AB1208 did not go far enough in the first place. Getting some protective measures for trial court funds this year as a possible stopgap measure to further legislation next legislative session is always a good start. Our analysts were surprised by the move to put it in accountability and believed it would not survive an up-or-down vote as it stood in either judiciary committee due to the considerable amount of AOC influence built in to the committees.

As we stated before, the devil to the new AB1208 is in the details- the changes to legislation which were not apparent when it was passed out of committee. But it was indeed passed out of the committee so there remains significant opportunity.

Today is a brand new day. A day to relax, to contemplate, to be proud of your considerable accomplishment that something meaningful got out of the judiciary committee. Tomorrow is a brand new day as well and perhaps, just perhaps an opportunity to join others in galvanizing your resolve and getting ‘er done.

A stunning editorial from MetNews Felix Frankfurter, She is Not.

A great article by Courthouse News.  California Courts win a round in battle with State Bureaucracy

SacBee. Judges Civil War Flares up over administration