Judicial Branch of California

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Budget Woes make this an uphappy place to work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Judicial Branch of California

Pros

Flexibility with scheduling and plenty of time off.

Cons

We have furloughs
there is too much concern over the potential of job loses.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Current Employee - Court Appointed Dependency Attorney
    Current Employee - Court Appointed Dependency Attorney

    I have been working at Judicial Branch of California

    Pros

    Flexibility offered in work schedule as court appointed juvenile dependency attorney. Paid by Judicial Council on case by case hourly rate. Opportunity to learn, gain experience working with parents, minors in foster care and contribute efforts to positive result: rebuilding families. Some AOC employees are conscientious, helpful and respectful when communicating with members of legal community (court appointed attorneys).

    Cons

    AOC (Admin. Office of Courts) policy of forcing court appointed attorneys for dependency cases to accept flat rate 2 or 3 year "contracts" to provide services per County at ridiculously low rates that do not include reimbursement for expenses, overhead costs or out of the ordinary circumstances requiring additional attorney hours per case. For court appointed attorneys who do not accept contract terms offered by AOC, professional life becomes hellish. AOC attempts to enforce standards for court appointed (non contract) attorneys such as only paying 1.5 billable hours per month per case, denial of requests for reimburse for out of pocket expenses. AOC tries to limit attorney's independent representation of clients by imposing impossibly unrealistic standards (1.5 hours per month per case billable time) and threatening not to pay billings that reflect more time spent per case per month than 1.5 hours. Takes as long as 4-6 weeks to receive payment for services and in some cases, such as the State budget crisis occurring July 1, 2010 -October 10, 2010 dependency attorneys did not get paid until budget passed (3.5 months).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find other ways to balance the budget than continuing to squeeze every dime from those juvenile dependency attorneys working under AOC contract or by court appointment. Reduce AOC staff and give up those "pet projects" that account for hundreds of millions of dollars that should be spent on keeping our court system open through budgetary tough times.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Recent name change and correct website address

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Judicial Branch of California full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    super-great benefits, you can learn government from inside, hardworking people to execute awesome programs for the courts.

    Cons

    Morale is very low, employees feel not valued by top management. The political craziness took over in the past few years and the constant changes are destroying the morale of the employees. Reduced, overworked staff to make the same programs and numbers than before, everyone is stressed.The telecommute program is too strict and outdated. Communication is constant, but inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The JCC will do more and better if you turn into a people-driven organization, really and genuinely focused in improving your employees life at work and stop being too scared of stakeholders. Also, learn that modernization of ideas and processes is key to not only be more productive, but also to attract top professionals from the different areas. Be adept to the new productivity tools, such as online tools, agile management, great telecommute program, among others.

    Recommends
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