CJA committees offer the opportunity to meet and work with outstanding judges and bench officers throughout the state. The committees also include the opportunity to take a leadership role in our profession and in our organization.
Most CJA committees are open to any active or retired judge, commissioner or referee, although some are selected by Association committees themselves. Committee workloads and schedules vary widely, depending on the events of each year. Some meet during the Annual Meeting and at other times as necessary, others have regular face-to-face meetings. Many also work by telephone conference calls, and e-mail. A few are specialized and require a multi-year commitment.
COLLABORATIVE COURTS COMMITTEE
The Collaborative Courts Committee develops short- and long-term projects with the goal of establishing blueprints for implementing collaborative courts in large, medium and small counties who wish to expand their collaborative courts.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY
The Committee will promote diversity and inclusivity on issues of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, and ethnicity on the state and local level through education and outreach, and provide support to members who are impacted by issues of diversity and inclusivity.
EDITORIAL BOARD FOR THE BENCH
Oversees the editorial calendar of the CJA quarterly magazine “The Bench” and solicits articles, authors and content consistent with the goals and efforts of CJA.
ELIMINATION OF BIAS AND INEQUALITY
The Committee on the Elimination of Bias and Inequality in the Judiciary works to identify sources of bias and inequality within the judicial system and makes recommendations for the appropriate actions necessary to eradicate them.
Broadens scope of existing contacts with legislative and executive branches, and insures legislators remain aware of judiciary's role and needs in gov't and the effects of legislative action on justice.
Sponsors campaign workshops in election years, responds to questions on campaign issues, updates the Judicial Elections Handbook, and reviews legislation which affects judicial elections.
Maintains a hotline to interpret the Code of Judicial Ethics for CJA members, publishes opinions and the annual Judicial Ethics Update, andparticipates in judicial education.
To promptly and strategically respond to unfair criticism and false and misleading information against justices, judges and the judiciary and stand together to affirm the independence of the judiciary.
Judicial outreach programs are organized efforts by judges to educate the public about the work of the courts. Judicial outreach promotes trust and confidence in the administration of justice. The mission of this CJA Committee is to identify, enhance and popularize judicial outreach programs.
Advises the Executive Board on legislation, current issues & needed improvements in mental health.
MINDFULNESS & WELLNESS
Collaborates with other organizations and program providers to assist judicial officers and develops and maintains mindfulness as a path towards well-being, improved performance, and to achieve a more satisfying professional and personal life.
Advises the Executive Board on legislation, current issues & needed improvements in probate.
RESPONSE TO UNFAIR CRITICISM
Advises and assists judges in responding to unjustified adverse publicity or criticism which substantially and negatively affects the judge, the judiciary, or the legal system.