The California Judges Association has decided to poll its members about their views on Assembly Bill 1208, which would shift more decision-making authority to local courts. The bill is sponsored by the Alliance of California Judges, but it apparently became the subject of some robust discussion at the March 4 CJA executive board meeting.
Now CJA President Judge Keith D. Davis of San Bernardino County, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Jim Herman, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Tim McCoy and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steve White are compiling a survey about AB 1208, CCMS and general branch governance for all CJA members to complete, according to a recent CJA email. The results are expected to be reviewed by CJA leaders on April 8.
CJA has long been seen as an ally of the Judicial Council; its president serves as an advisory council member. But if the CJA decides to back AB 1208, or at least decides not to oppose it, it could be a signal of support for significant change in the way the branch administration operates.