Browsing All posts tagged under »SEC«

Troubling answers from the AOC

March 4, 2014

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Trying to get information out of the AOC can seem like playing Go Fish with a temperamental child.  You have to ask for exactly the right thing in exactly the right way, and even then you might not get it.  Often, the AOC claims that it doesn’t keep the kinds of records you’re looking for.  […]

The “Access to Justice” ploy and the SEC report

August 21, 2012

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I think it’s pretty obvious that from the onset of the public comment period of the SEC report and our own outing of the joint AOC / State Bar effort to attack the SEC report as a barrier to the access to justice would be the power play attempted by the council and their sycophants. We […]

Justice Miller: In the interests of transparency and accountability, open your meeting

August 7, 2012

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JCW Commentary – On Thursday, August 9th 2012 the Executive & Planning committee of the Judicial Council, the people who make the decisions about the council agenda, what they vote upon and act upon, will meet behind closed doors to consider the SEC comments and the SEC report. It is widely believed that based on […]

Judicial Council Appoints Former Judge as Administrative Director of the Courts

July 28, 2012

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Judicial Council Appoints Former Judge as Administrative Director of the Courts Judge Steven Jahr MINISTRY OF TRUTH, SAN FRANCISCO—Judge Steven Jahr will become the state’s next Administrative Director of the Courts—and the first with judicial experience—after a unanimous vote today by the Judicial Council of California. Judge Jahr, who was a judge in Shasta County […]

SEC Recommendations Subject to “Rolling Public Comment”– No End In Sight

July 25, 2012

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    July 25, 2012 Dear Members and Others, As you know, the period to comment on the recommendations of the SEC closed last Sunday, or so you may have thought. Actually, the Judicial Council decided to subject the 140-plus recommendations to a “rolling public comment,” which means there is no apparent end in sight. […]

Overcoming “Foxhole Syndrome”

July 17, 2012

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As we continue to read and be fascinated by the Judicial Council’s public comment regarding the Strategic Evaluation Committee report, we’re coming to the belief that we are witnessing a classic case of “foxhole syndrome” and as we make the case, we’re sure you’ll agree. The term foxhole syndrome was developed in world war one. […]

Smokin’, Smokin’ Comments and News of a Strike by San Francisco Superior Court

July 16, 2012

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SofaMan. They. Mean. Business. Judicial Council Watcher heartily supports the rank and file court workers of San Francisco Superior Court  and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 in their fight against the death star. Unfortunately, the management of San Francisco Superior Court, like it or not is going along for the ride. Enjoy and in […]

AOC nixes daily e-news service

July 13, 2012

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July 12, 2012 Dear Members and Others, Earlier today, second interim executive director Jody Patel notified E-News subscribers that the AOC would be “temporarily suspending” its daily news clipping service because of “ongoing staff cutbacks at the AOC.” We include her email for your information. We question the wisdom of this policy and whether Ms. […]

Join the AOC – Travel the world – and telecommute!

July 10, 2012

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July 10, 2012 Dear Members and Others, Last night KGTV Channel 10, the San Diego ABC affiliate, ran a story on the telecommuting practices of the AOC. Click on this link to watch the segment. As you know, at least one AOC attorney has been permitted to telecommute from Switzerland for the last two years. Our colleagues […]

On Tap – June ’12 Judicial Council Muppet Show (Day 1) and the controversy surrounding the vote to reform the AOC

June 21, 2012

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It seems to us that a new pattern is beginning to develop. With judicial council critics statewide pointing out the obvious, namely that you can’t govern by meeting six or seven days a year we’re beginning to see more two and three day judicial council meetings so that the anointed can say they put in […]

Hundred million dollar agency responsible for a half a billion a year in branch spending cuts 29 employees

June 9, 2012

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June 8, 2012 Dear Members and others, By now you have probably seen the press release from the AOC, with an operating budget of over $100 million, announcing the layoff of 29 “employees.” The release, like many AOC documents, raises more questions than it answers. We attach for your review an email sent yesterday to […]

Need a Job? AOC is hiring; Editorial – A long way to go; Zombieware Demo is back on for today

June 8, 2012

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.   June 6, 2012 Dear Members and Others, Many courts in the last few months have notified employees that they will be laid off effective June 1st. These are dedicated, hard-working people who are on the front line of what we do in the local courts: judicial assistants, court reporters, front counter staff, the […]

The AOC responds to the SEC Report

June 5, 2012

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Of course we haven’t poured over the AOC’s response line item by line item but you know we will. You can also rest assured the mismanagement of the AOC will do everything they can to preserve their kingdom. Behold, the raw AOC response to the SEC report. Notice how The Ministry of Truth released their version on a Tuesday […]

A Los Angeles Assemblyman agrees with downsizing the AOC

June 2, 2012

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In a recent recorder article by Cheryl Miller, Assemblymember Mike Feuer (d)(Los Angeles) told an assembly budget subcommittee that the AOC should be whittled down to 770 employees. He also suggested the diversion of 20 million from the assigned judges program to preserve core court operations as it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense […]

Now what? Mass resignations of managers? Don’t hold your breath.

May 29, 2012

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. Good Morning California, We’re imagining that not unlike like JCW, many other media company employees’ 3 day weekends were well underway with them on the roads or in the skies when the cowards in the ministry of truth released the SEC report in shame, to showcase their version of transparency and accountability after 7:30PM […]