On February 24, 2014, the CCBA hosted its most successful Legislative Day in Sacramento ever. Roughly 50 delegates representing associations from across the state met with nearly 60 legislators and their staff.
The day started in a Senate hearing room when Cory Jasperson, Head of the AOC’s Office of Governmental Affairs, briefed us on the court funding crisis that impacts us all. Fifty-one courthouses, and 205 courtrooms have been closed, 30 courts have had reduced public service hours, and 37 courts have reduced self help/family law facilitator services.
After the briefing, seven teams of delegates roamed the Capitol hallways, going legislator to legislator, to lobby the resolutions our Conference has passed, seeking support. After a day through of roaming (and running), Delegates and legislators shared food and drink at Tequlia Museo Mayahuel.
Many thanks to Michèle Bissada and her Legislative Day Committee, Karin Horspool, Eve Brackman, Chris Cook, Carter Glahn, and Andi Liebenbaum for all of their efforts putting together such a successful event.
And of course, none of this would have been possible without our Lobbyist Larry Doyle! Thank you, Larry, for all of your assistance and support making the CCBA’s legislative program a reality.
If you are or know of family members dealing with child custody, family estate, guardianship and other very emotional, very personal issues that cannot get the access to court;
Small business owners in dispute with vendors, employees, local government (anyone) impacting your ability to stay in business, and support your family and the local economy;
Low income court users who must repeatedly take time off work to access courts at significant personal and financial expense;
Landlords who cannot evict tenants who are causing harm and costing money;
Legal aid and voluntary legal services providers who have to serve fewer clients because court fees, delays and costs have swallowed your non-profit budgets.
Law enforcement for whom the cost of sending you to hearings is expensive and dangerous because there aren’t sufficient officers to cover;
Attorneys who can’t get your clients’ cases filed, heard, resolved in a timely fashion; or
Anyone else who understands that California’s trial courts are underfunded by the Legislature to such an extent that justice is now rationed, …then you need to make your voice heard in the Legislature to help increase funding for the courts!
ATTEND THE BUDGET HEARINGS IN SACRAMENTO NEXT WEEK!
On WEDNESDAY, April 9 at 1:30 in Capitol Room 437 – Assembly Budget Subcommittee 5 will meet. If you are from any of these counties, your stories are critical:
On THURSDAY, April 10 at 9:30 in Capitol Room 113 – Senate Sub 5 will meet. If you are from any of these counties, your stories are critical:
EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT FROM THESE COUNTIES, if you have a story that the Legislature needs to hear – a story that explains how you or your clients are being denied justice because courts can’t hear your claims or provide relief in a timely manner, PLEASE JOIN US NEXT WEEK. I cannot over-emphasize how important your support is, and how important your voice if we are to have a chance at restoring trial court funding.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Judicial Council Office of Governmental Affairs
The 2014 online resolution submission form is now up and running!
Based on the sage advice of our beta testers, we have set up the form to allow you to paste your underlined and stricken through text directly into the form, instead of doing before and after language and having the server compare them.
Instructions on preparing the content of your resolutions are here.
Instructions on using the new form are here.
Ready to skip right to the form? You can find it here.
If you have trouble with the form, don’t panic! You’ve got until March 31, 2014 to submit your resolutions. Please be sure to read the instructions included on the form. If those don’t help, send an email to email@example.com.
The deadline to submit resolutions has been extended to Monday, March 31, 2014. Our online resolution submission form is currently being beta tested by intrepid delegates from BASF, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, and will be ready to go live so that proponents can start submitting resolutions on Monday, March 10, 2014. Thanks for bearing with us as we put the finishing touches on the site, which will be hosted on our own CCBA website, rather than with an external vendor, as we did last year.
Although the deadline will be later, we will still post the formatted resolutions as originally scheduled, on April 11, 2014, and the rest of the calendar will remain unchanged:
- Proponents can begin to submit resolutions - March 10, 2014
- Deadline for proponents to submit resolutions – March 31, 2014
- Resolutions posted to web site for public access – April 11, 2014
- Deadline for bar associations to submit counter arguments and sections and committees to submit reports – May 19, 2014
- Late filing – Two Month Rule Deadline – July 10, 2014
- Resolutions posted to website with ResCom Reports – July 16, 2014
- Bar associations’ deadline for filing annual Certification of Membership – August 1, 2014
- Conference Spread Sheet Information and Pre-Conference Call-up/Withdrawal of Resolutions Due - August 31, 2014
- Emergency Late Filed – September 12, 2014 – by Noon
- 2014 Conference – San Diego, California - September 12-14, 2014