"San Joaquin Superior Court Wins Innovation Award"
The Judicial Council of California announced that the Superior Court in San Joaquin County has won its second Ralph N. Kleps Award for Improvement in Administration of the Courts. Selected from a field of 59 nominations, the annual award recognizes innovation in the State's courts, as well as improvements in access and service to the public.
The winning project is the Court-Community Leadership and Liaison Program. It's designed to provide the minority and disabled communities in San Joaquin County with representatives who can serve as liaisons with the Court. Liaisons attend the Court's Leadership Academy, an intensive 17-week program involving one class per week taught by San Joaquin County judges and other justice system professionals. Liaisons are responsible for facilitating answers from community members on questions concerning the justice system. They also serve as representatives for their communities in quarterly meetings with courts to discuss court-related problems or concerns in their communities.
"We are pleased that this program has been recognized for its excellence, because of the wonderful commitment demonstrated by its participants," said the Honorable William J. Murray, Jr., chair of the Court's Community Focus Planning Team. "It is especially gratifying since the program was inspired by a suggestion from a community member, Sovanna Kouert, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Self-Development and Residential Association in Stockton (APSARA.)
This year's Liaison Academy participants include:
Atterbury, Thel L., City of Stockton, Sierra Vista Community Center
Koeurt, Sovanna, Asian Pacific Self-Development and Residential Association
McClure, Elizabeth, SMART, CARDS, SSTAC, Seifert Center
Hmong and Lao Community
Her, Cheng, Lao Family Community of Stockton
Bautista, Armando, Council for the Spanish Speaking
Doan, Tanh Quoc, Office of Substance Abuse
The Kleps Award, created in 1991 in honor of Ralph N. Kleps, the first administrative director of the California courts, will be presented at the California Judicial Administration Conference (CJAC) January 30-February 1 in San Francisco.
In 2000, the San Joaquin County Superior Court was awarded its first Kleps Award for its Jury Compliance and Education Program