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CALIFORNIA JUDICIAL COUNCIL: TWO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COURTS TO BE HONORED FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN COURT ADMINISTRATION

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District (Fresno) and the Sacramento County superior and Municipal Courts are among twelve courts statewide that will receive the second annual Ralph N. Kleps Award for Improvement in the Administration of the Courts, the California Judicial Council said today.
 The award recognizes the innovative activities and exemplary projects of local courts throughout the state that improve the administration of justice. It is named for the first Administrative Director of the California Courts, who served from the creation of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) in 1960 to July 1, 1977.
 The award will be presented on April 15 in La Jolla during the 1993 Court Management and Presiding Judges Conference, sponsored by the Judicial Council of California and the AOC.
 The Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (Fresno) will be honored for its Oral Argument by Teleconference project. The special teleconferencing system enables up to five attorneys located anywhere in the country to present oral argument to the court. Each attorney, including those present in the court, can hear the comments and arguments presented by all parties via a system that electronically modulates the calls from the communicating systems, eliminates auditory distortions and echo, and maintains a high-quality voice system.
 The Sacramento Superior and Municipal Courts will receive an award for its Consolidation and Transition Plans. The court's full consolidation of the administrative and support functions was designed to reduce duplication in management level positions, provide for increased efficiencies in case-processing methods, increase access and service to the public, facilitate training of staff, allow for a consistent personnel system, enable the development of a single technology, and allow for the submission of a single budget.
 The award will be presented in three categories, to courts with (1) one to two judges, (2) three to ten judges, and (3) eleven or more judges. The Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District (Fresno) was a winner in Category 2, and the Sacramento courts were a winner in Category 3.
 Ten Southern California courts also are award recipients: Three Los Angeles courts -- the Los Angeles Superior Court for Domestic Violence Clinics, the Los Angeles Municipal Court for Traffic Interactive Payment System (TIPS), and the Pomona Municipal Court for Court Collection Program; the Orange Superior Court for Flat Fee Arrangements for Indigent Defense in Homicide Cases; two Riverside municipal courts -- the Three Lakes Judicial District for Civil Fast Track Program and the Mt. San Jacinto Judicial District for Work Simplification and the two courts for their collaboration in Traffic Management System; the San Bernardino County Superior and Municipal Courts for Trial Court Consolidation; two San Diego courts -- the San Diego Superior Court for "Consider the Children" Parenting Classes and the El Cajon Municipal Court for Coordination; and the Ventura County Superior and Municipal Courts for DMV/Courts Interchange.
 Award recipients, selected by the Judicial Council's Court Management Committee, were judged on the following criteria: (1) improvement of the administration of the courts and/or fulfillment of the intent of at least one of the adopted Judicial Council priorities for the year, (2) innovation, and (3) transferability to other courts in the state.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Ringuette, public information office of the California Judicial Council, 415-396-9118/


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