California Judges Assn. faces dissension within ranks

Remember Judge Goldstein?  The judge quoted in the article I posted previously that dealt with how a group of judges were joining forces to challenge the AOC?  Well, now Judge Goldstein has another group within his sights.  This time its the CJA or the California Judges Association.  An association of which Judge Goldstein is a member.  Judge Goldstein’s main point of contention with the association is its refusal to oppose the court closures implemented by the AOC and the Judicial Council.

A group of judges, unhappy with the recent order to close courthouses once a month, is working to launch a new state judicial organization.

The California Judges Association has historically represented all of the state’s judges, justices, commissioners, referees and State Bar judges, both as a legislative lobby and a united voice in dealings with judicial administrators. But now, some of those 2,800 active and retired judges say it’s time to form a separate association, one that they say would more aggressively challenge the decisions of judicial branch leaders.

“I’ve been contacted by judges statewide, really concerned about the courts and lack of transparency and difficulties in dealing with the San Francisco bureaucracy,” said San Diego County Superior Court Judge Daniel Goldstein. He and other judges — many from San Diego and Sacramento courts — have been exchanging ideas and formulating their plans largely through e-mail.

“The judges that I talk to want a body that can stand up to the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Judicial Council and help the public understand these very complex issues,” he said.
Goldstein and other judges working on the new group were careful not to directly criticize the CJA. But others have grumbled behind the scenes that the CJA is too close to judicial administrators and failed to challenge their budgetary decision to shutter most courthouses on the third Wednesday of each month.

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