17 Days – The 87/13 proposal – Tell us what you think…

Posted on August 30, 2011

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Judicial Council Watcher was the recipient of the following legislative suggestion as a supplemental proposal to AB1208 going in to the next fiscal year. The 87/13 proposal would re-allocate the lower pie chart plus protect the trial courts from having those funds clawed back without their buy in.
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Additionally, JCW was the recipient of another suggestion we would endorse – a $5.00 civil court surcharge on parking tickets that would go directly to fund the local courts. The reason we believe this to be attractive is twofold: The number of parking tickets generated in the courts’ jurisdiction that need the most funding (Like San Francisco and Los Angeles counties) and that there is no connection / adjudication of parking tickets in California courts. ( a conviction of a parking offense is not a conflict of interest with the courts adjudicating their own funding mechanism)

  • 87/13 is designed to decentralize certain activities of the AOC by legislation by targeting budget transfers by the AOC to the trial courts . Specifically
  • The trial courts would split 87% of the entire judicial branch budget
  • The Supreme Court would preserve its 1.2% split
  • The Appellate Courts would preserve their 5.5% of the split
  • The AOC would be reduced to 2% of the judicial branch budget. 1.8% of that budget would be pushed out to the trial courts.
  • The facilities program run by the AOC would be reduced to 3.8% of the Judicial Branch budget with 2% of that budget permanently shifting to the trial courts to provide local maintenance activity.
  • The Habeus Corpus Resource Center would preserve .4 % of the judicial branch budget.