An important bill, introduced by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of the 19th District, which will provide the Inland Empire with additional judges, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, by unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 1190 (SB 1190) will provide funding for 50 judges statewide, judges that were allocated in 2007 but never funded so those additional resources were never provided to the state courts. Once funded, the bill will provide nine additional judges each to the Riverside and San Bernardino Superior Court benches. The bill also increases the number of appellate court justices in the Fourth District (located in San Bernardino/Riverside) from seven to nine.
Lastly, the bill would authorize an additional 50 judges statewide, dependent on future funding. The judges would be allocated to the various superior courts pursuant to uniform criteria approved by the Judicial Council, the governing body of the state courts, and based on current workload measures – a significantly important component of allocation.