Timeline: 2011–2016: Years of Transformation

Reforms instituted by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and the California Judicial Council have brought greater efficiency and transparency to the state's judicial branch.

Despite $1 billion in funding cuts, the Chief Justice has led the California's courts through rapid changes, particularly with the Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the state judicial branch.

2011-01-03 00:00:00

Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye is Sworn in as 28th Chief Justice of California

The Chief Justice formerly served as a judge of California trial and appellate courts for the past 20 years.

2011-02-25 00:00:00

Chief Justice's First Meeting as Chair of the Judicial Council

The Chief Justice served as a member of the council for two years before becoming leader of the state judicial branch.

2011-03-29 00:00:00

Chief Justice Calls for In-Depth Evaluation of Judicial Council Staff

The Chief Justice launches her first action in reorganizing the council's staff and realigning staff priorities.

2011-06-15 00:00:00

The Budget Crisis Takes Over the Courts

News of an additional $150 million cut for fiscal year 2011-2012 threatens access to justice for millions.

2011-07-12 00:00:00

State's Court Construction Program Receives Greater Oversight

The Chief Justice appoints experts to oversee the program and make best use of the funds left after the Legislature sweeps $310 million.

2011-08-12 22:06:53

Allies Rally Around Chief Justice

The Open Courts Coalition is formed. Stories of access denied surface in the media.

2011-08-16 00:00:00

Public Comment and Access to Council Expands

The Chief Justice continues to expand public access to the Judicial Council.

2012-02-28 00:00:00

Trial Court Access to Council Expands

The Chief Justice assigns council members to serve as liaisons to each of the state’s 58 trial courts. Liaison Program visits to courts begin immediately.

2012-03-19 00:00:00

2012 State of the Judiciary Address

"We are 2.4% of the General Fund to provide justice to 38 million Californians."

2012-05-14 05:39:52

Lawmakers Announce Cut to Branch to Exceed Half a Billion Dollars

The Chief Justice calls for a closed emergency meeting of the Judicial Council. Two days later, the council holds an open meeting on the topic of budget.

Timeline: 2011–2016: Years of Transformation

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