News from the Center for Judicial Excellence

News from the Center for Judicial Excellence:

Governor Signs AB 1050! 

Last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1050 into law! This historic legislation took over 18 months to reach the Governor’s desk. We couldn’t have passed this bill without your help sending letters, faxes, and making phone calls to legislators and the Governor! This is a great victory for children and protective parents across the state.  

AB 1050 will allow children 14 and older to testify in family court, giving them a much needed voice in proceedings that greatly impact their lives. This is a first-of-its-kind measure and will change the limitations on children testifying, once it becomes effective on January 1, 2012.  
For the past 18 months, CJE, CPPA and our allies worked closely with Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and her Legislative Director Eric Dang to guide this bill through the legislative process, working to build a broad-based coalition of support to ensure the bill’s passage. Thank you to everyone who contributed their efforts to ensure that AB 1050 reached the Governor’s desk and that he signed this historic bill into law. We needed to compromise in order to get this bill passed, so we see it as a starting point, and we anticipate pushing for future improvements to the law as we are able to. 

Click here to view the AB 1050 bill language.  


CJE and our allies at JusticeCalifornia and CPPA are making the rounds with state lawmakers, calling for a criminal investigation into the destruction of court documents by Judicial Council Member and Marin Court Executive Officer Kim Turner while a state audit was underway. Stay tuned for more details. 


Click on the link below to read the Marin Independent Journal article about the court’s destruction of documents. 
Marin Independent Journal
Friday, August 6, 2010
Document purge in Marin family court draws scrutiny.  

Rally in D.C.
Mothers of Lost Children is planning another rally in Washington D.C. this October. Click here for more details.   

Remember to check the CJE website often for breaking news & action opportunities.



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