The Judicial Council released the agenda for its meeting to be held January 21st in San Francisco and there were a couple things I noticed right off the bat. The first concerned court closures and the second had to do with public comment.
In what should come as no surprise to anyone, the JC is recommending that the courts continue with court closures for the rest of the fiscal year, which is through June of 2010. Again, this shouldn’t come as a shock. There was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks the JC was going to cancel court closures. They’re claiming the court closures have helped the courts to make up for the lost budgetary funds. And any move on the JC’s part to cancel the court closures would have been seen as an admission by the JC that it did wrong by the people of California. The JC and its bureaucratic arm, the AOC, admitting wrong ain’t gonna happen.
The second thing I noticed is that the public comment portion of the meeting, in which people would have the opportunity to voice their opinions on “Trial Court Budget Issues,” is a whopping…are your ready for this?…wait for it…wait for it….10 minutes. That’s right. Those of you who wish to question the JC and the AOC about “Trial Court Budget Issues” will have all of 10 minutes to do so. The lunch break at half an hour is longer than the time for public comment. And what will the JC do if speakers run past the 10 minutes? Release the hounds?
You can read the agenda for yourselves by click here.