February 27, 2012
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed the San Fernando Valley Bar Association at its well attended annual Judges’ Night Gala on Thursday in Woodland Hills. The Chief stressed that the state’s judicial branch is in a time of transition, given deep cuts to the branch’s budget, a pending investigation she has commissioned to explore the next steps in rolling out (or rolling back) the troubled Court Case Management System (CCMS), and changes to the staff and operating procedures of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Chief also noted that, in the course of gaining a better understanding of all of the moving parts that make up the California court system, she has logged some 30,000 travel miles in her first 13 months as the state’s Chief Justice — and hopes not to repeat that grueling schedule in the upcoming year. Nonetheless, her effort in traveling to the San Fernando Valley’s local bar dinner last week was clearly appreciated by the 500 or so attendees at the event.