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File #: 15-362    Version: 1
Type: Rules Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 9/23/2015 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 10/27/2015 Final action: 10/27/2015
Title: Judicial Administration: Public Access to Administrative Decisions of Trial Courts (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20151027itemA30
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Judicial Administration: Public Access to Administrative Decisions of Trial Courts (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee and the Court Executives Advisory Committee recommend the amendment of California Rules of Court, rule 10.620, to repeal the provisions that apply the rule's requirements for public notice and input to the decisions of trial courts to close court facilities or reduce the hours of a court location, as these provisions are inconsistent with statutory requirements. Amendments to Government Code section 68106, which took effect on January 1, 2012, created new requirements for public notice and comment when trial courts decide to close court facilities or reduce hours. These requirements are inconsistent with the requirements of rule 10.620, and trial courts have faced confusion in determining how notice is to be provided. The recommendations in this report are intended to resolve this confusion, leaving Government Code section 68106 as the sole authority governing decisions to close court facilities or reduce hours.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC) and Court Executives Advisory Committee (CEAC) recommend that, effective January 1, 2016, the Judicial Council make the following changes to rule 10.620 of the California Rules of Court:
1. Amend subdivision (b) to update two references to the Administrative Office of the Courts to refer instead to the Administrative Director in one instance and the Judicial Council in the other.
2. Amend subdivision (d) to change the reference to the Administrative Office of the Courts in paragraph (1) to refer instead to Judicial Council staff, and to repeal current paragraph (3), which requires courts to seek public input regarding court closures and reductions in service, and renumber current paragraph (4) as (3).
3. Repeal current paragraph (5) of subdivision (f), wh...

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