Friday, May 3, 2013 The CSAC Bulletin
CSAC Leadership and Chief Justice Promise Continued Collaboration
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye hosted CSAC leaders in San Francisco this week to discuss issues of mutual interest, advance cooperative efforts, and identify ways to achieve common goals. 

CSAC President David Finigan, First Vice-President John Gioia Conway, Second Vice-President Efren Carrillo, Immediate Past President Mike McGowan, and CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate engaged in a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion with the Chief Justice and key court leaders, including Judge Steve Jahr (ret.), the Administrative Director of the Courts.

By all accounts, the meeting was a success and, despite the implementation of court reforms over the last 15 or more years that have largely divided court and county functions, there remains a number of shared objectives and issues of mutual concern. Among the topics discussed include the history of partnership between courts and counties; the significance and magnitude of complex transitional and implementation issues that flowed from major trial court funding reforms of the last decade; and, discussion of current budget pressures that challenge courts and counties alike at the local level. 

Of particular interest was a shared enthusiasm for joining forces on the Chief Justice’s civics engagement initiative and President Finigan’s focus on the child. We will continue exploring ways that the court and county systems can collaborate to reduce entrance into the criminal justice, delinquency, or dependency systems; enhance sensitive and sensible responses to children and families; and, expand shared and mutually beneficial training opportunities.