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File #: 17-104    Version: 1
Type: Other Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 5/31/2017 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 7/27/2017 Final action: 7/27/2017
Title: Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20170728-17-104, 2. 17-104 - Sargent Shriver Summary of Findings (ReptoLeg)
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Judicial Council Report to the Legislature: Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee recommends that the Judicial Council approve the Evaluation of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590) and forward the report to the Legislature. The Judicial Council submitted a preliminary evaluation to the Legislature on January 31, 2016--Report to the Legislature on the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act--as required by Government Code section 68085.1(c). That report examined the effect of providing legal representation to low-income persons in cases involving landlord/tenant matters, highly conflicted child custody cases, and guardianship and conservatorship matters of the person. This more comprehensive evaluation reviews data from legal services case records, court files, and interviews with clients, courts, and legal services programs and other stakeholders, in addition to providing a comprehensive review of other research.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee recommends that the Judicial Council:
1. Approve for submission the Evaluation of the Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB 590) along with the Findings and Recommendations from the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Pilot Projects, which are a supplement to the report submitted to the Legislature on January 31, 2016, as required by Government Code section 68085.1(c);
2. Direct Judicial Council staff to transmit the evaluation as well as the findings and recommendations to the Legislature; and
3. Within the context of overall judicial branch priorities, consider the following recommendations based on the evaluation findings:
a. Continue the Shriver civil counsel pilot project to build on the positive results reflected in the evaluation.
b. Explore ways to seek additional funding for legal representation of low-income people across the state facing critical legal i...

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