If you were looking for justice Tuesday, a good place to start was the state Capitol.
A good number of judges, joined by State Bar leaders, were roaming the halls and pigeonholing lawmakers as part of the Bench-Bar Coalition’s (.pdf) annual lobby day. Among the coalition visitors was Chief Justice Ronald George, who was spotted on the Capitol’s fifth floor late Tuesday afternoon.
Coalition leaders don’t usually publicize their lobby day talking points, but this year the Alliance of California Judges took care of that for them.
The Alliance, as you’ll recall, is the newly formed judges’ group that doesn’t always see eye to eye with the Judicial Council or the Administrative Office of the Courts. And Alliance members weren’t particularly pleased with the Coalition’s talking point No. 3, which suggests that lawmakers be told that the Alliance is a “small group” of disgruntled judges with its own agenda.
So the Alliance released a copy of the coalition’s agenda and sent its own letter (.pdf)
“… We are not a 'small group of judges,' ” the letter reads. “In fact, we have attracted over 200 members, representing now approximately over 10% of the judges of this state in over 35 counties, and we are growing.”
You can read the rest of the coalition’s talking points here (.pdf)
All this took place one day before a legislative committee is scheduled to decide whether to order an audit of the judiciary’s controversial new computer network.