The AOC Watcher has learned that in another display of the AOC’s full confidence in its California Court Case Management System (CCMS), the AOC will recommend to the Judicial Council that the AOC continue to fund CCMS to the tune of $62 million dollars for the fiscal year of 2009-2010. The recommendation will be made to the judicial council as a whole when they meet Friday, October 23rd, in San Francisco.
In a report to members of the Judicial Council dated October 20th, the AOC proposed a plan that would involve the diversion of monies from various funds that would equal roughly $171 million dollars. The funds affected and the amounts to be diverted include a little over $30 million from the Modernization Fund, almost $70 million from the Improvement Fund, and about $72 million from the Improvement Fund. The monies diverted from each fund will then be apportioned as follows:
a. $87.771 million for statewide administrative programs and services, from the Modernization Fund ($9.958 million), the Improvement Fund ($38.309 million), and the TCTF ($39.504 million)
b. $83.353 million for statewide administrative and technology infrastructure projects, from the Modernization Fund ($20.337 million), the Improvement Fund ($30.481 million), and the TCTF ($32.535 million)
A couple things drew my attention in the report. The first being, as I mentioned earlier, that the AOC plans to continue funding CCMS for another $62 million this year. CCMS came out the big winner as most of the $171 million the AOC plans to divert will go to CCMS.
The second thing that caught my attention is that the AOC plans to fund CCMS partially with $72 million from the TCTF. The TCTF is the Trial Court Trust Fund which I’ve been told is the fund that the AOC draws upon for trial court operations. Which to me means the AOC had $72 million that it could have sent back to county superior courts to help with their budget deficits.
Let me get this straight AOC. You tell the public that you’ve cut your budget to the bone and that court closures were a result of your budget cutting, yet you’ve miraculously found $72 million in the TCTF that you can reallocate to fund your little miracle court computer system? Pity you couldn’t teach your little money-appearing trick to the San Mateo Superior Court finance department.
If you want to read the AOC’s full report to the Judicial Council click here. The section regarding CCMS begins at the bottom of page 16.
And if any of you AOC readers are interested in making the meeting, which is open to the public, info for the meeting follows. Who knows. Maybe you’ll catch me there.
JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEETING
Administrative Office of the Courts
Malcolm M. Lucas Board Room
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, California 94102-3688
October 23, 2009
8:30 a.m.–12:55 p.m.
Open to the Public