Court Reform Advocates Address Judicial Council of California- Public Comment Period, 10/27/14
This 47 minute video depicts the historic Judicial Council of California Public Comment Period from October 27, 2014, where Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE) and its allies brought a record number of members of the public (26) from all over the state of California to share their heartbreaking experiences describing the system failure and court corruption that has destroyed their lives to the policymaking body that oversees the world’s largest judiciary.
It is important to note that CJE was formally invitedby Senior Attorney Bob Buckley to address the JC a month earlier, when 60 people from 16 different counties protested at the JC HQ, asking for either a public hearing or a private meeting with the Chair of the Judicial Council. In other words, the JC knew that dozens of people were coming to share their concerns, yet they limited public comments to a mere 30 minutes total, showing a true lack of regard for what the public has experienced in their courts.
NOTE- Despite the well-publicized rules for public comment, Justice Miller actually refused to allow ANY public comment on the second day of this 2-day meeting, even to members of the public who had not spoken the day before. Self-represented litigants and others who wanted to speak on specific agenda items on Day 2 were told that “you had your say yesterday, and in order to have a more balanced meeting, a decision was made to not allow anyone from the public to speak.” It will be interesting to see what this powerful body decides to do to squelch the truth when the public descends on their December 11 & 12 meetings. CJE is organizing public comment periods throughout 2015 to ensure that the Judicial Council of California is fully aware of the dire crisis in the California court system.
Check out this article in Courthouse News for more coverage of the hearing- http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10….