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Diversionary Tactics of the JC\AOC

February 4, 2013

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You probably haven’t really noticed it that much. We started noticing it the day King George tendered his resignation.  What I’m talking about here is diversionary tactics – a method to turn your attention away from a real controversy to one that is manufactured. As a branch, what we should be focusing on is the […]

Corrected Article: Judge Halpin goes back on schedule with 23 cases

January 10, 2013

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This article has been corrected to reflect new information : We’re obliged to correct this article after obtaining an email inquiry forwarded to us from the court. It appears that “Assigned Judge Ha” does not represent Jack Halpin but instead, represents “Juvenile Hall” according to Melissa Fowler-Bradley Accordingly, we’ve struck much of this article as […]

AG Harris: Carrying the ball against an unelected judge is your responsibility

January 8, 2013

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To use a euphemism cited by one of our posters courtflea, chickenshit is contagious.  Thus far the mostly 18,000+ rank and file employees left in California’s judicial branch and many judges have been nonplussed thus far by the lackluster and carefree attitude that the AG’s office has had when it comes to Judicial Council and AOC indiscretions.  Time and […]

People of the State of California vs. Judge Jack Halpin

December 28, 2012

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According to courthouse workers, “Judge” Jack Halpin has actually retired three times. Yet even today, Judge Jack Halpin can be found sitting on the Shasta bench adjudicating family law cases as if he never left. The apparent loophole that someone is using to unlawfully and unconstitutionally usurp the role of a judge is that he […]

2012 – Riding High – A Year of Success

December 27, 2012

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. Truth be told, we never left the saddle. As we entered into 2012 the first indication that CCMS was dead was on December 20th, 2011 when we announced with the assistance of Tonto (You remember him, the really nice house on the hill in Danville with the really nice yard that had been under […]

Chief appoints familiar faces to trial court budget working group

October 16, 2012

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It should come as no surprise that when a working group is formed (the Judicial Council and the AOC’s favorite sleight-of-hand gesture at addressing anything) that it would be the loyal soldiers of the Chief Justice that would be getting the nod to speak with one voice. Most of these loyalists have been in the judicial […]

Council acts to reform bloated bureaucracy

September 4, 2012

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  It’s probably a combination of Justice Corrigan’s plea as well as the Alliance being cautiously optimistic about actual reforms taking place given the words exchanged and the votes taken. Here is the rub: Four of these items that came to unanimous votes in this judicial council session were shunned without so much as a […]

SEC – an endless summer of comments

July 27, 2012

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AOC  under-reporting of special funds account balances Before we get to the meat and potatoes of this mornings post: Remember the recent scandal where State Parks were pleading poor and unable to keep state parks open? The parks director resigned and her deputy was fired when the department of finance found that state parks had […]

Death Star Communications

May 15, 2012

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    From: Patel, Jody Sent: Friday, May 11, 2012 2:32 PM Subject: Executive Office Update Colleagues: I want to provide an update on judicial branch and AOC-related activities for next week, and as we approach the end of the fiscal year. Revised State Budget The May revision to the Governor’s proposed state budget for […]

Tani’s Civics Lesson: The responsibility of the legislature

December 16, 2011

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Tani’s Civics Lesson: The responsibility of the legislature . . We can grasp that it is probably a bit difficult to understand the responsibility of a legislature when your family roots are in a country with a propped up dictator and a puppet regime of loyal supporters. No, we’re not talking about the Judicial Council, […]

Judicial Branch Elections: A primer on democracy in California’s judicial branch

November 5, 2011

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California’s judicial branch elections aren’t as clear cut as some might understand them to be. We don’t in fact vote for every judge that sits on the superior court bench or justice at the courts of appeal or the supreme court. While judges and justices are both appointed by the governor, only justices stand for […]

34 Days – Sacrificing the credibility of a whole organization over a few bad apples

August 13, 2011

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We at Judicial Council Watcher are elated to hear that 25 layoff notices have been rescinded but 25 is not enough. Anyone with any current experience waiting at the counters of San Francisco Courts knows that the windows now are plentiful, yet the clerks to man them are in short supply. This situation will only […]

Is the Chief subverting the constitution with assigned judges?

June 25, 2011

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As a recent op-ed from the reformer indicated, the assigned judges program is being abused. Wouldn’t it be great if, as the AOC or Judicial Council you could pick the judge that heard your case? Better yet, wouldn’t it be swell if you picked someone with judicial-political aspirations of going to a higher court? As […]