BILL NUMBER: AB 2521	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Torrico

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to amend Section 77206 of the Government Code, relating to
courts.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2521, as introduced, Torrico. Courts: budget and fiscal
management.
   Existing law authorizes the Judicial Council to regulate the
budget and fiscal management of the trial courts, and requires the
Judicial Council to adopt regulations for recordkeeping and
accounting by the courts ensuring that all revenues and expenditures
relating to court operations are known. At the request of the
Legislature, the Controller may perform and publish financial and
fiscal compliance audits of the reports of court revenues and
expenditures. The Controller is required to report the results of
these audits to the Legislature and the Judicial Council, and the
Judicial Council or its representative may perform audits and reviews
of all court financial records wherever they may be located.
   This bill would eliminate the authority of the Judicial Council
pursuant to those provisions to perform audits and reviews of court
financial records.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 77206 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   77206.  (a) Notwithstanding any other  provision of
 law, the Judicial Council may regulate the budget and
fiscal management of the trial courts. The Judicial Council, in
consultation with the Controller, shall maintain appropriate
regulations for recordkeeping and accounting by the courts. The
Judicial Council shall seek to ensure, by these provisions, 
that (1) the   both of the following: 
    (1)     The  fiscal affairs of the
trial courts are managed efficiently, effectively, and responsibly
 , and (2) all   . 
    (2)     All  moneys collected by the
courts, including filing fees, fines, forfeitures, and penalties, and
all revenues and expenditures relating to court operations are
known.  The 
    The  Judicial Council may delegate their authority under
this section, when appropriate, to the Administrative Director of
the Courts.
   (b) Regulations, rules, and reporting requirements adopted
pursuant to this chapter shall be exempt from review and approval or
other processing by the Office of Administrative Law as provided for
in Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division
3 of Title 2.
   (c) The Controller, at the request of the Legislature, may perform
and publish financial and fiscal compliance audits of the reports of
court revenues and expenditures. The Controller shall report the
results of these audits to the Legislature and the Judicial Council.
 The Judicial Council or its representative may perform
audits and reviews of all court financial records wherever they may
be located. 
   (d) The Judicial Council shall provide for the transmission of
summary information concerning court revenues and expenditures to the
Controller.
   (e) The Judicial Council shall adopt rules to provide for
reasonable public access to budget allocation and expenditure
information at the state and local level.
   (f) The Judicial Council shall adopt rules ensuring that, upon
written request, the trial courts provide, in a timely manner,
information relating to the administration of the courts, including
financial information and other information that affects the wages,
hours, and working conditions of trial court employees.