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“AOC” Name to be Eliminated; Judicial Council Accepts Direct Responsibility for Audit Outcome

July 1, 2014

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From the Alliance of California Judges….   In a bizarre move, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye opened Friday’s meeting of the Judicial Council by announcing her intention to “retire, remove, take away, eliminate the name ‘Administrative Office of the Courts.’” Friday’s published meeting agenda contained no reference whatsoever to the planned action. The Chief Justice directed […]

The Chief’s Three Year Blueprint is Dead On Arrival

January 16, 2014

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The Chief Justice recently released the AOC’s three year blueprint for California’s judicial branch. I say it is the AOC’s three year blueprint because the chief herself credits the AOC for all of the hard work they did in coming up with this plan. Incredibly short on specifics, the three year blueprint outlines the desire […]

Transparency when it comes to AOC raises

December 10, 2013

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“Transparency” is a word frequently utilized by the AOC and the Judicial Council. How does this terminology translate into practice when the AOC is involved? Recently the Chief Justice authorized raises of 3.5% for those working at the AOC. She authorized this pay raise with her signature. With courthouses across the state closing, necessary courtroom […]

Steinberg: “I don’t know the guy who donated 1.3 million to my political campaigns”

November 29, 2013

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I wouldn’t exactly call this roaming off the range as what happens in Sacramento tends to affect local courts. There are a few tie-ins that concern us. The main tie-in that concerns us is this paradigm of using nonprofits and law firms to funnel cash to politicians (and their judicial branch operatives) as an end-run […]

Open meetings comments are closed

November 21, 2013

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The below was sent out to media organizations and represents the comments on the proposed open meeting rule of court by the Alliance of California Judges. If you haven’t submitted a comment regarding the proposed open meeting rule then you are too late. They’ve taken it down because they didn’t desire overwhelming negative feedback but […]

The issue: No one enforces the rules of court outside the courtroom

November 21, 2013

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It’s one of those unspoken issues that no one ever mentions. Those that make the rules in the AOC and Judicial Council want a rule of court rather than a state law because they know there exists no one outside of a courtroom to investigate or prosecute a violation of a rule of court outside […]

Is the new open meeting rule…… open?

November 19, 2013

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“I believe in absolute transparency.” * —Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, interview with Courthouse News Service, March 22, 2011. As most of you know, the members of the Judicial Council are appointed by the Chief Justice, and the Council meets several times a year. These meetings, at which the Council ratifies decisions which affect us profoundly, […]

The Fictional Works of Ron George

November 6, 2013

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The Quest for Justice in California – An autobiography by Former Chief Justice Ronald M. George When your ego knows no bounds and you’re being tagged as the cause of much strife and consternation by your peers, it’s time to jump on the old ‘puter and pen yourself some 800 pages of revisionist history. The […]

Retreads. Unsafe at any speed

October 19, 2013

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You’ve probably seen their aftermath littered all over California roads. They cause millions in road hazard damage claims and accidents every year and if you happen to run into one as an insured, your insurance company will tell you that regardless of the circumstances it is entirely your fault. What am I talking about? Retreads. […]

Yugo, Ferrari or an SUV that can do everything?

October 7, 2013

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There is a major disconnect in the Crystal Palace. Even epic failures must be rolled out as resounding successes because this bunch of yahoo’s (Not to be confused with the far more competent Yahooligans of the Marissa Mayer variety..) does not want the appearance of losing face. If we were to make a comparison to […]

31 Courtrooms in Long Beach cost $2.3 billion over 35 years

September 26, 2013

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September 26, 2013 31 Courtrooms in Long Beach cost $2.3 billion over 35 years Dear California Media, We write to highlight our continuing concerns about the Court Facilities Program. First we offer an editorial written by Milt Policzer of the Courthouse News Service regarding the Long Beach Courthouse, published September 23, 2013: ________________________________________________________ More Long […]

The Alliance of California Judges celebrates fourth anniversary

September 18, 2013

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Last week the Alliance of California Judges celebrated its fourth anniversary. The Alliance was formed by 28 judges from around the state on September 11, 2009, after a handpicked Judicial Council had unanimously voted for the first time in history to close the state’s trial courts one day each month. That vote masked the real […]

Chief Justice hands out pay raises

August 23, 2013

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Please click here to view a document signed by the Chief Justice on July 3, 2013. This memorandum grants 3.5% pay raises to employees of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal, and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center.You might recall that the Legislature was poised near the end of […]

We will soon be spending more than we will be taking in on court construction?

August 19, 2013

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“Soon, we will be spending more on court construction than we will be taking in” I know I saw this statement recently in a news article and as I recall, it was made by the AOC’s newest finance wizard. I guess it took a few days to sink in and realize that when the judicial […]

Fact checking fact check again…Courthouse Construction

August 12, 2013

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Yesterday the new 319 million dollar 600,000 square foot federal courthouse (link) broke ground in Los Angeles. Meanwhile the net present cost of the long beach courthouse in terms of a 35 year lease is $725 million. In their fact check advocacy they tell us that the maximum price of the courthouse over 35 years pre-factoring […]

Another walk down memory lane…

August 9, 2013

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The page that we’re going to share with you to takes awhile to load because it has about 500 links and extensive commentary. We apologize for the slow loading but we feel it necessary to revisit what we consider a watershed moment in California judicial branch history (Link). A little over a year ago the […]