Note: The new funding the branch received represents a positive outcome for our court system, with the recognition that the work now continues to move toward a more stable funding structure to improve operations and enhance consistent and timely access to justice.
The Governor signed the 2015–2016 State Budget earlier today and I wanted to share with you the details on how the state budget affects the judicial branch. Please see the attached memo from Judicial Council Administrative Director Martin Hoshino.
I am pleased to see that this year’s state budget includes a further increase for trial court operations, as well as more funding for dependency counsel. The final signed budget was only $61 million above the amount the Governor proposed in his May Revise with the judicial branch receiving $12.3 million of that additional funding.
The budget also includes a Traffic Amnesty Program. The program provides relief to those who need to take care of past responsibilities in order to keep up with their current ones.
I thank all of you who have worked so tirelessly on the branch budget—the members of the Judicial Council, trial court judicial and administrative leadership, the Bench-Bar Coalition, the California Judges Association, the Open Courts Coalition, as well as Administrative Director Martin Hoshino and Judicial Council staff. Our budget advocacy involves a multi-year effort, and I looked forward to your continued support and assistance. Thank you.
Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice of California and
Chair of the Judicial Council