California

Effective Date: N/A
State:
California
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards:

California has not formally adopted case processing time standards for the appellate court system.

  California Time Standards

Effective Date: July 1, 1987; amended January 2004
State:
California
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards:

Unlimited:
(filing to disposition)
75% within 12 months
85% within 18 months
100% within 24 months

Limited:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 12 months
98% within 18 months
100% within 24 months

Small Claims:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 75 days
100% within 95 days

Unlawful Detainer:
(filing to disposition)
90% within 30 days
100% within 45 days

 

Effective Date: July 1, 1987; amended January 2004
State:
California
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Judicial Council
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Felony:
(arraignment to disposition)
100% within 1 year

Misdemeanor:
(arraignment to disposition)
90% within 30 days
98% within 90 days
100% within 120 days

Felony Preliminary Examinations:
(first court appearance to disposition by plea, finding of probable cause, or dismissal)
90% within 30 days
98% within 45 days
100% within 90 days
 

Monitoring Information: California documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing both manual and computer-generated reports with information compiled on a statewide level.

Case processing time standards reports are available to the public through annual reports, the Web site, and other court publications.

Reports/summaries containing time standards are reviewed yearly, and are received by the magistrates, clerk of court, all judges, state court administrator, the AOC staff, the chief judge, and the Supreme Court members.
Notes: None.