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File #: 18-213    Version: 1
Type: Legislative Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 10/9/2018 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 11/30/2018 Final action: 11/30/2018
Title: Judicial Council: 2019 Legislative Priorities (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20181130-18-213
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Judicial Council: 2019 Legislative Priorities (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
Each year, the Judicial Council authorizes sponsorship of legislation to further key council objectives and establishes priorities for the upcoming legislative year. In past years, the council's legislative priorities have focused on implementing efficiencies in the courts, investing in the judicial branch, and securing critically needed judgeships. The Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee (PCLC) recommends to the Judicial Council a similar approach for the 2019 legislative year.
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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee recommends that the Judicial Council approve the following legislative priorities in 2019:

1. Advocate for (a) continued investment in the judicial branch to include a method for stable and reliable funding for courts to address annual cost increases in baseline operations and plan for the future, and for (b) sufficient additional resources to improve physical access to the courts by keeping courts open, to expand access by increasing the ability of court users to conduct branch business online, and to restore programs and services that were reduced over the past few years;
2. Increase the number of judgeships and judicial officers in superior courts with the greatest need by:
* Seeking funding for 10 of the 48 authorized but unfunded judgeships, to be allocated to the courts with the greatest need based on the most recently approved Judicial Needs Assessment;
* Seeking funding for one additional justice in the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 2 (Inyo, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties); and
* Advocating for legislative ratification of the Judicial Council's authority to convert 16 subordinate judicial officer (SJO) positions to judgeships in eligible courts, and sponsoring legislation for legislative ratification of the council's authority to convert up to 10 additional SJO...

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