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AB-1313 Judgeships: allocation.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The judicial branch is a constitutionally guaranteed function of government.
(b) The greatest need for judicial positions can be found in moderate to large courts in the Inland Empire and Central Valley where historic underfunding and rapid population growth have outstripped judicial resources.
(c) This is not just an isolated occurrence as many other counties throughout this state also suffer from a lack of funding and positions.
(d) The lack of access to the courts creates, particularly with respect to business and commercial litigation, which must take secondary consideration to criminal and public safety matters, a backlog of cases and the overall disuse of the justice system.
(e) A disparate lack of adequate judicial representation exemplifies a real harm to the public’s safety, victims of crime, and witnesses as well.

SEC. 2.

 Section 69614.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

69614.5.
 (a) Upon the availability of funding, the Judicial Council shall allocate up to 12 additional judges each fiscal year to those counties in which the current judicial position allocations are disproportionate to the Judicial Council’s recommendation of assessed judicial need.
(b) Allocation of judicial positions shall be made first to those counties with the greatest disparity between their current judicial position allocations and the Judicial Council’s recommendation of assessed judicial need.
(c) This section shall apply until the ratio of judges to population in an individual county reaches 90 percent of the Judicial Council’s recommendation of assessed judicial need for that county.
(d) It shall be a top priority for the Judicial Council to fulfill the requirements of this section.