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Legislative Analyst’s Office publishes report: Judicial branch actions responding to COVID-19

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has published the following post in the series: COVID-19 Issues

Judicial Branch Actions Responding to COVID-19
In this post, we discuss actions the judicial branch has taken to temporarily change operations due to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The judicial branch is responsible for the interpretation of law, the protection of individuals’ rights, the orderly settlement of all legal disputes, and the adjudication of accusations of legal violations. This results in numerous individuals—including court staff, attorneys, jurors, and members of the public—interacting in court facilities on a daily basis. In this post, we discuss actions the judicial branch has taken to temporarily change operations due to the emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Overview of Judicial Branch

Organizational Structure. The judicial branch consists of (1) statewide courts (the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal), (2) local trial courts in each of the state’s 58 counties, and (3) statewide entities of the judicial branch (the Judicial Council, the Judicial Council Facility Program, and the Habeas Corpus Resource Center). The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the judicial branch and is responsible for setting statewide polices related to court administration, practices, and funding allocations. The Judicial Council is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and consists of 21 voting members as well as advisory members.

Governance. Under the State Constitution and state law, Judicial Council adopts California Rules of Court specifying how the judicial branch will operate. These rules must be consistent with federal and state law and apply to courts statewide. However, these rules can provide courts with some flexibility in implementing them. In addition, individual courts develop Local Rules of Court that govern their operations. These rules must be consistent with federal or state law and the California Rules of Court.

The series can be shared using the following link: https://lao.ca.gov/Government/COVID19?utm_source=laowww&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=COVID19
The rest of the article can be found with this link: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4227?utm_source=laowww&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4227

This article was released by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.