Browsing All posts tagged under »Tani Cantil-Sakauye«

The End of the Line for Reform

March 6, 2013

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March 6, 2013 Dear Members and Others, The fallout continues in the wake of the Judicial Council’s decision to repudiate the recommendation of the Chief Justice’s Strategic Evaluation Committee that called for the demise of the AOC’s generous telecommuting policy. We attach an opinion piece from Courthouse News editor Bill Girdner commenting on this extraordinary, […]

Alliance Judicial Education Conference a Resounding Success!

March 5, 2013

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March 5, 2013 Dear Members and Friends, We are delighted to report that the Alliance of California Judges Inaugural Judicial Education Conference, held on March 1-3 in Palo Alto, was a resounding success. We extend our thanks to the more than 100 jurists who attended the event, including appellate justices, presiding and assistant presiding judges, […]

Discussion on Private Committees & Court Case Mangement Systems

February 26, 2013

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February 25, 2013 Dear Members and Others, We attach articles by Cheryl Miller of the Recorder and Maria Dinzeo of the Courthouse News. Cheryl Miller’s article details the secrecy surrounding many important decisions made by branch leaders. She points out the obvious disconnect between the courts’ consistent enforcement of the constitutional mandate favoring disclosure and […]

Time is running out for court funding group & Council Meeting Commentary

February 21, 2013

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February 21, 2013 Dear Members and Others, The Alliance of California Judges has been following the progress, or lack thereof, of the Trial Court Funding Workgroup appointed by the Governor and the Chief Justice. We attach an article by Courthouse News reporter, Maria Dinzeo, concerning Tuesday’s meeting. Governor Brown’s appointee and former Chief Deputy Director […]

The Judicial Council returns to control of public comment

December 8, 2012

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Free speech continues to be one of the pillars that holds our democracy together. During the George \ Huffman years, there was no such thing as free speech in council meetings. Your comments needed to be submitted and pre-approved in advance of the public meeting. It’s called prior restraint and it is wrong for any […]

Facts remain hidden in AOC power grab

October 23, 2012

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  October 22, 2012 Dear Members and Others, We attach an article by Courthouse News reporter Maria Dinzeo concerning the continued refusal of branch leadership to provide a complete explanation of who was responsible for the last minute attempted power grab by AOC staff which would have gutted the authority of local courts to manage […]

Chief Justice unveils new legislative strategy

October 19, 2012

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  October 18, 2012 Dear Members and Others, We attach an article by reporter Cheryl Miller of The Recorder which highlights remarks the Chief Justice made last weekend. You will see from the article a number of direct quotes from the Chief Justice. We urge you to carefully read this article, and then read it […]

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 […]

AOC Raises skirted committee review

August 17, 2012

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August 16, 2012 Dear Members and Others: As you know, the majority of AOC employees have received pay raises the past three years running. On June 25, 2010, then-Chief Justice Ronald George, reacting to public discomfiture over proposed AOC raises, announced the formation of the new “Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency […]

Next AOC director described as “insider” by many

July 31, 2012

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  July 31, 2012 Dear Members and Others, Yesterday we sent you some information regarding the next Administrative Director of the AOC, retired Superior Court Judge Steven Jahr. In the materials were letters sent by Judge Jahr taking issue with the Trial Court Bill of Rights and AB 1208. Also yesterday, the incoming director held […]

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 […]

Telecommuting Lawyers KCRA 3 – Mike Leury and a reminder from ACJ

July 19, 2012

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First up this evening is a news story about telecommuting lawyers from a few of our favorites, KCRA Channel 3, Mike Leury and Judge Marianne Gilliard of the Alliance of California Judges. A note to the AOC’s Ministry of Truth : Judge Gilliard’s delivery is going to have you all pining for your jobs. Link: […]

Something….different is in the air tonight courtesy of this states’ constitutional officers

July 7, 2012

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Epic Fail courtesy of the Judicial Council We’re all well versed on all of the issues of branch governance. In the latest governance gaffe it appears that the judicial council is getting far more than they bargained for. We suspect – as we’ve stated before – that the Strategic Evaluation Committee report is being subjected […]

ACJ: Puzzling….

July 1, 2012

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Chief Justice : But Life’s Been Good To Me So Far……… July 1, 2012 Dear Members and Others: There have been a number of additional news articles regarding the fundamental reform of trial court funding enacted by the Legislature last week. We enclose two. We find it puzzling that anyone would ignore that fundamental reform […]

ACJ Message: Courthouse News Article Regarding Budget

June 29, 2012

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    June 28, 2012 Dear Members and others, You, like us, are probably reeling from the horrific budget numbers we outlined yesterday.  There is simply no sugarcoating the situation we find ourselves in.  In fact, the budget numbers are worse, if we stop for a moment and consider that we have in effect given […]

AOC Telecommuting: When a few equals 98 & an editorial by Judge Dan Goldstein

June 4, 2012

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June 4, 2012 Dear Members and Others, In an editorial which ran in The Recorder June 1, Alliance Director, Judge Daniel Goldstein, wrote an excellent summation of the recently released SEC report, calling for the democratization of the Judicial Council and the passage of AB 1208. Both of these reform measures are needed to restore […]