August 30, 2013

Article highlights the Chief Justice’s new plan to improve court access statewide

In an August 21 article in the Daily Journal, which has been reposted here on the Court’s website, Paul Jones highlights Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye’s efforts to begin to rebuild the judicial branch after years of devastating budget cuts. The Chief’s plan, dubbed “Access 3D,” is “a three-pronged push to increase access to courthouses, improve online services, and aggressively expand diversity initiatives, especially language assistance.” Key components of the plan include providing more interpreters in non-criminal matters, improving remote access to courts (including online case filing and video appearances), and the re-opening, improvement and replacement of brick-and-mortar court facilities. The plan is contingent, of course, on the judicial branch continuing to receive increases in fund (it received an additional $63 million this summer). But the Chief’s plan takes fiscal uncertainty into account. Jones quotes her as saying “‘We have to be prepared and flexible enough . . . that if we need to scale back immediately, we can.’”

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