Judicial Council of California

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The Judicial Council of California is the rule-making arm of the California court system.[1] It was created by an amendment to article VI of the California Constitution in 1926.[2]

In accordance with the California Constitution and under the leadership of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, the council is responsible for ensuring the "consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice". One of the Judicial Council's most well-known responsibilities is promulgating a huge number of standard court forms for use in California judicial proceedings. Among those forms is Form TR-130, the standard "Notice to Appear" form used by practically all California law enforcement agencies to write traffic citations.[3] It is also responsible for policies concerning the California Court Case Management System (CCMS).

The Judicial Council is composed of 21 members:

Administrative Office of the Courts[edit]

The Judicial Council's staff agency, the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), is responsible for implementing council policies.[4] The AOC maintains a headquarters office in San Francisco where the Judicial Council regularly meets, as well as branch offices in Burbank and Sacramento. The AOC has also created a centralized datacenter for the court system, the California Court Technology Center, which is operated under contract by Siemens IT Solutions and Services in Newark.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NASD Dispute Resolution, Inc. v. Judicial Council, 232 F. Supp. 2d 1055 (N.D. Cal. 2002)
  2. ^ About the Judicial Council, Judicial Council of California 
  3. ^ Form TR-130, Traffic/Nontraffic Notice To Appear, Judicial Council of California 
  4. ^ Judicial Council of California, Judicial Council of California 

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