A reader by the name of Atticus Finch (seriously a great login name) made this comment that I thought deserved a post of its own.
Someone should ask the AOC about the nearly $2,000,000 they spend each year on the council’s multiple “advisory groups,” (what is it now–close to 30?) many of which can’t be bothered to attach cost estimates to the recommendations they send to the council.
If anyone out there has the scoop on the AOC’s advisory groups (Good Lord. Are there really thirty of them?) feel free to comment here. I went to the AOC’s website to try and get some idea of what these advisory groups are and just what it is they’re advising but alas….like almost everything with the AOC…I couldn’t find the information I needed. Drop me an email as well if you wanna spill.
UPDATE: Thanks to reader WiseEmployee I managed to find the advisory groups with the AOC and Judicial Council. You can reach it yourself by clicking here. The following is taken from the site explaining what the advisory groups are.
To provide leadership for advancing the consistent, impartial, independent, and accessible administration of justice, the Judicial Council must be aware of the issues and concerns confronting the judiciary, as well as appropriate solutions and responses. The council carries out this mission primarily through the work of its advisory committees and task forces.
The chair of the council may appoint advisory committees and task forces, comprising judges, court officials, attorneys, and members of the public, to advise the council in studying the condition of court business, improving judicial administration, and performing other council responsibilities. Advisory committees monitor areas of continuing significance to the justice system, whereas task forces handle particular projects or proposals. Both make recommendations to the council.