The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial and accessible administration of justice. The policies of the Judicial Council are implemented by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
In 2014, the State Bar will appoint two lawyer members to the Judicial Council, each for a three-year term beginning Sept. 15, 2014, and ending Sept. 14, 2017. The two new council members will be expected to attend an orientation to be held in conjunction with the council's August 2014 meeting.
- The Judicial Council consists of the Chief Justice, one associate justice of the Supreme Court, three justices of the Courts of Appeal, 10 judges of superior courts, four lawyer members appointed by the State Bar, one member appointed by the legislative leaders in each house of the Legislature, two non-voting court adminstrators and other positions as determined by the council.
- The time commitment is approximately 300 hours a year for meetings and assignments. Meetings are held six to eight times a year, and generally are scheduled for two days (Thurs.-Fri.).
- Members serve on one of the council's internal committees, which meet frequently at a convenient location or by conference call. In addition, council members are assigned special tasks, which are supported by staff, and they serve as liaison to the council's advisory committees and trial courts.
- Council members are reimbursed for their travel expenses by the Judicial Council in accordance with the reimbursement schedule for state employees.
Additional information regarding the Judicial Council is available at its website: www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-jc.htm
State Bar criteria deemed important for service on the council are:
- demonstrated interest in and experience with court administration issues;
- broad experience in the legal field;
- a keen analytical ability, independent judgment and a big picture perspective regarding the role of the judicial branch;
- collegial working relationships; and
- credibility as a leader both within the home county and statewide.
Deadline for 2014 applications (Word fill-in, Adobe PDF): Feb. 3, 2014
2014-15 terms begin: Sept. 15, 2014
The application forms for the lawyer positions on the council also are available from the State Bar's Appointments Office (415-538-2370). All applications must be submitted by the deadline to the Appointments Office, The State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco CA 94105-1639.