Judicial Council of California

The Judicial Council of California is the rule-making arm of the California court system.[1] In accordance with the California Constitution and under the leadership of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, the council is responsible for "ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice." It was created by an amendment to article VI of the California Constitution in 1926.[2][3]

Judicial Council
California Judicial Council seal.png
Council overview
FormedNovember 3, 1926 (1926-11-03)
HeadquartersHiram W. Johnson State Office Building, San Francisco
MottoEnsuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice
Council executives
Key document


The California Rules of Court are rules adopted by the Judicial Council.[4] Every court may also make local rules for its own government and the government of its officers not inconsistent with law or with the rules adopted and prescribed by the Judicial Council.[5]

California law encourages the Judicial Council to provide for uniformity in rules and procedures throughout all courts on the form of papers, limitations on the filing of papers, rules relating to law and motion, and requirements concerning documents to be filed at or prior to trial.[5] One of the Judicial Council's most well-known functions is promulgating a huge number of standard court forms for use in California judicial proceedings, such as Form TR-130, the standard "Notice to Appear" form used by practically all California law enforcement agencies to write traffic citations.[6]


The Judicial Council is composed of 21 voting members:

The California Constitution requires that the council also have two non-voting members who are court administrators. The Administrative Director is a non-voting member who serves as Secretary, and the Chief Justice can also appoint further advisory (non-voting) members.[7]

Structure of the Judicial Council of California (current)[8]
Chair Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chief Justice of California)
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ming W. Chin
Justices of the Courts of Appeal James M. Humes (First Appellate District)
Harry E. Hull Jr. (Third Appellate District)
Douglas P. Miller (Fourth Appellate District, Division Two)
Judges of the Superior Courts Marla O. Anderson (County of Monterey)
Brian J. Back (County of Ventura)
Kyle S. Brodie (County of San Bernardino)
Daniel J. Buckley (County of Los Angeles)
Stacy Boulware Eurie (County of Sacramento)
Samuel K. Feng (County of San Francisco)
Dalila Corral Lyons (County of Los Angeles)
Gary Nadler (County of Sonoma)
David M. Rubin (County of San Diego)
Dean T. Stout (County of Inyo)
Members of the State Legislature Richard Bloom (State Assembly)
Hannah-Beth Jackson (State Senate)
Attorney members Mark Bonino
Donna D'Angelo Melby
Patrick M. Kelly
Debra Elaine Pole
Advisory members Jake Chatters (Court Executive Officer, County of Placer)
Richard D. Feldstein (Court Executive Officer, County of Napa)
Kimberly Flener (Court Executive Officer, County of Butte)
Scott M. Gordon (Superior Court Judge, County of Los Angeles)
David E. Gunn (Superior Court Commissioner, County of Butte)
Brian L. McCabe (Superior Court Judge, County of Merced)
Frank A. McGuire (Court Administrator and Clerk, Supreme Court of California)
Kenneth K. So (Superior Court Judge, County of San Diego)
Marsha G. Slough (Justice of Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two)
Eric C. Taylor (Superior Court Judge, County of Los Angeles)
Charles D. Wachob (Superior Court Judge, County of Placer)
Secretary Martin Hoshino (Administrative Director)


The Judicial Council's staff of approximately 800 is responsible for implementing council policies and supporting the day-to-day operations of the Supreme Court, the courts of appeal, and the superior courts.[9] The staff maintains a headquarters office in San Francisco where the Judicial Council regularly meets, as well as a branch in Sacramento. The staff has also created a centralized datacenter for the court system, the California Court Technology Center, which is operated under contract by Siemens IT Solutions and Services in Newark.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NASD Dispute Resolution, Inc. v. Judicial Council, 232 F. Supp. 2d 1055 (N.D. Cal. 2002)
  2. ^ About the Judicial Council, Judicial Council of California
  3. ^ Senate Constitutional Amendment No. 15, Chapter 48, Statutes of California 1925, pp. 1369-1370; Proposition 27, November 2, 1926.
  4. ^ California Rules of Court, rules 1.1 and 1.3
  5. ^ a b California Government Code § 68070
  6. ^ Form TR-130, Traffic/Nontraffic Notice To Appear (PDF), Judicial Council of California
  7. ^ Judicial Council: Nonvoting Council Position (PDF), Judicial Council of California
  8. ^ "Judicial Council Members - judicial_council". www.courts.ca.gov. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  9. ^ Judicial Council Staff, Judicial Council of California

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