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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          SB 917 (Jackson) - Family law:  court orders
          
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          |Version: March 30, 2016         |Policy Vote: JUD. 6 - 0         |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: May 27, 2016      |Consultant: Jolie Onodera       |
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          Bill  
          Summary:  SB 917 would require the court, at the conclusion of  
          any family law hearing, to provide the parties with a written  
          order setting forth the basic terms of any orders made in open  
          court during that hearing, and would additionally require the  
          Judicial Council to adopt a rule of court and any forms  
          necessary to implement the provisions of the bill by January 1,  
          2018.


          *********** ANALYSIS ADDENDUM - SUSPENSE FILE ***********
             The following information is revised to reflect amendments 
                      adopted by the committee on May 27, 2016


          Fiscal Impact:  Major costs, potentially in the millions of  
          dollars (General Fund*) for case management systems and system  
          upgrades in order to enable the trial courts to provide a  
          written order at the conclusion of each family law hearing.  
          Although a few courts provide access to a copy of orders within  
          one day, it is not known if there are any courts that currently  
          comply with the requirements specified in this the bill. Given  
          the 58 counties likely employ different systems for conducting  







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          family law proceedings, costs for compliance could vary widely.


           
           *Trial Court Trust Fund


          Author  
          Amendments:  Delay the requirement to provide the order as  
          specified until July 1, 2017, and additionally provide the  
          courts with more flexibility to issue a formal order, as  
          follows:
                 Allows for up to two court days to issue the order.


                 Deletes the requirement for a 'written' order and  
               instead specifies a detailed, official order to be issued.




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