Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye today announced that she has formed what will be the fifth committee charged with oversight of the troubled California Court Case Management System.
Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James Herman, a vocal supporter of CCMS, chairs the new 10-member committee, which will be responsible for “ensuring that [Judicial] Council policies are complied with and the project proceeds on schedule and within budget,” Cantil-Sakauye said in a prepared statement.
The committee will present its first report to the Judicial Council at its April 29 meeting, an Administrative Office of the Courts spokesman said.
The branch already has four committees overseeing various aspects of the in-development computer system. They were launched in December amid growing criticism that the project’s costs and management were out of control.
At her first Judicial Council meeting as chief justice in February, Cantil-Sakauye said she would create a new oversight committee — the one announced today — that would report directly, and perhaps more regularly, to the Council.
The committee members are all current Judicial Council members. As such, they all signed a response to the state auditor’s scathing February analysis of CCMS that praised the project and its “fiscally responsible” management. The auditor projected the project’s costs will top $1.9 billion.