We recently reported that the Judicial Council’s Executive and Planning Committee hastily tried to ratify a rule change that would have transferred oversight responsibilities for trial court spending from the Council’s most representative advisory body, the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee (TCBAC), to the moribund and reclusive Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency. We joined with a number of other groups, including labor organizations and the TCBAC itself, in publicly opposing the proposal. In the wake of the State Auditor’s sweeping critique of the manner in which the Council and the AOC handle trial court money, we believed that the proposal would have represented a giant step backward in the campaign to make the AOC more transparent and accountable.
We are happy to learn that the E&P Committee is backing down. In the face of vocal opposition, E&P has decided to shelve the proposed rule change.
The Alliance has…
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