The August Judicial Council Muppet Show

Posted on August 30, 2012

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The agenda: http://courts.ca.gov/18841.htm

Comments received: http://courts.ca.gov/documents/jc-20120831-comments.pdf

About the only comment we feel motivated to comment on since all four comments appear to be related to the SEC report is an observation we first brought to your attention from Brenda Harbin-Forte. Although we don’t agree that her do-over suggestion is feasible or even that the report impacts access to justice more than closing down any courthouse, Harbin-Forte also made this observation:

“In its haste to begin preliminary housecleaning, it appears that the AOC has swept out employees who are overwhelmingly ethnic and overwhelmingly female”

This act was perpetrated by the AOC while demonstrating their own commitment to access, fairness and diversity Ms. Harbin-Forte.

Welcome to the real world where these things are only hollow words on paper.

The public comment period has been moved to the end of the day today with E&P’s recommendations to stall  the SEC report for a year being introduced tomorrow morning. One notable speaker: Judge Steve White of the Alliance of California Judges.

I think it is obvious to all that the crystal palace in San Francisco is dedicated to business as usual and that no meaningful reform or restructuring will occur unless those mid-year cuts (and trust us, they’re going to materialize) target the Judicial Council and the AOC’s operations directly before being pushed down on the trial courts.

We agree with curious. This bunch in todays council isn’t going to change a thing. They’re not going to change a thing today and they’ve bought themselves almost another year to contemplate how they will continue to do nothing and sell it as reform.

It is time to take all matters to state legislators if we want to see any reforms to this broken system. Here are those contacts:

Senate Judiciary Committee = 5
Evans (Chair)
Harman (Vice Chair),
Blakeslee,
Corbett
and Leno.
Chief Counsel: Saskia Kim.
Deputy Chief Counsel: Benjamin Palmer.
Counsels: Ronak Daylami, Nichole Rapier, and Tara Welch.
Assistants: Roseanne Moreno and Jennifer Galenti.
Phone (916) 651-4113. Room 2187
Assembly Judiciary Committee = 10
Wieckowski (Chair)
Wagner (Vice Chair)
Alejo
Dickinson
Feuer
Gorell
Huber
Jones
Monning
1 Democratic vacancy.
Chief Counsel: Drew Liebert.
Deputy Chief Counsel: Kevin Baker.
Counsels: Tom Clark, Leora Gershenzon, Anthony Lew.
Secretaries: Cindy Morante, Saba Hashmat.
1020 N Street, Room 104. Phone: (916) 319-2334.

Assembly Committee on Accountability & Administrative Review = 13
Block (Chair)
Garrick (Vice Chair),
Achadjian
Buchanan
Cook
Dickinson
Gorell
Hagman
Huber
Lowenthal
Mitchell
Pan
Portantino
Chief Consultant: Jennifer Galehouse.
Consultants: Nancy Chaires, Jim Sweeney.
Secretary: Elizabeth Delgado. 1020 N
Street. Room 357. Phone: (916) 319-3600.