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AOC pay raises hurt branch credibility, undermine efforts to restore court funding

August 28, 2013

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AOC pay raises hurt branch credibility, undermine efforts to restore court funding. Branch leadership is now claiming that the recent Judicial Council pay raises granted by the Chief Justice are simply “merit salary adjustments.” In reality, these are discretionary and ill-timed pay raises that are siphoning funds needed to operate our courts, undermining public confidence […]

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 […]

Opinion: California needs an Inspector General over all branches of government

August 2, 2013

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Maybe it’s not readily apparent but generally, private industry does a better job at regulating costs of products and services than California government does. You don’t generally see private industry spend hundreds of millions of dollars on software development to run their businesses. Unless you’re in the tech industry and building a data center, semiconductor […]

Can We Get A Straight Answer?

July 10, 2013

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On the heels of the former Chief Justice’s retirement, our branch leaders, including the current Chief Justice, asked for time to change the operations of the Judicial Council and the AOC. We were hopeful that the new regime would embrace and implement measures to ensure greater accountability and transparency. Unfortunately, it has become clear that […]

Judicial Council Again Opposes Reform

July 3, 2013

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In signing the recent Budget Act, Governor Brown used a line item veto to eliminate the requirement that the Judicial Council open its policy meetings to the public. The Alliance thanks Speaker John Perez for his leadership and courage in seeking greater transparency in our branch by including this language in the Budget Act. The […]

Important budget message from ACJ President Steve White

May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013 I am sending you this important message regarding the 2013-2014 Judiciary budget. We anticipate the release of the Governor’s May Revise next week. Alliance members have been engaged in quiet discussion with members and staff of the Legislature and with some within the Executive branch. There has been meaningful concern expressed within […]

Why are we so afraid of democracy?

April 22, 2013

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April 19, 2013 Dear Members and Others, Below is an outstanding editorial from Bill Girdner, editor of the Courthouse News Service, that helps to illustrate the dysfunction of California’s judicial leadership structure. Until our Judicial Council is composed of independent judicial officers determined to make responsible decisions on behalf of the state court system, we […]