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Sacramento Superior Court
The Gordon D. Schaber Downtown Courthouse of the Sacramento Superior Court houses the main administrative offices of the
court, as well as containing trial courtrooms, the department of the Presiding Judge, and the general civil and criminal
case processing support units.
Three buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Downtown Courthouse also provide court services. Located at 800 9th
Street are Departments 53 and 54, hearing general civil law and motion matters. Located at 800 9th Street, first floor,
is Department 59 where general civil settlement conferences are heard. The Erickson Building is located at 520 9th
Street where civil matters are heard in Departments 57 and 58.
State Bar of California
Founded in 1927 by the legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court.
All lawyers practicing in California must be members of the State Bar. The mission of the State Bar: "Preserve and improve
our justice system in order to ensure a free and just society under the law."
California Attorney General
The Attorney General represents the people of California in civil and criminal matters before trial, appellate and the
supreme courts of California and the United States. The Attorney General also serves as legal counsel to state officers
and, with few exceptions, to state agencies, boards and commissions. Exceptions to the centralized legal work done on
behalf of the state are listed in Section 11041 of the Government Code.
The California court system, the largest in the nation with more than 2,000 judicial officers, 18,000 court employees,
and nearly nine million cases, serves over 34 million people. The state Constitution vests the judicial power of
California in the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and the superior courts. The Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal are
appellate courts that primarily review superior court decisions.
California Insurance Commissioner
Insurance is a $80 billion-a-year industry in California. Overseeing the industry and protecting the state's insurance
consumers is the responsibility of the California Department of Insurance (CDI). The CDI regulates, investigates and
audits insurance business to ensure that companies remain solvent and meet their obligations to insurance policyholders.
California Secretary of State
The Secretary of State's responsibilities include: Serving as the state's Chief Elections Officer, Implementing electronic
filing and Internet disclosure of campaign and lobbyist financial information, Chartering corporations, Commissioning
notaries public, Overseeing the State Archives, Filing a host of documents from Uniform Commercial Code financing and
tax lien information to certificates of limited partnerships and limited liability companies, Serving as an ex-officio
member of the California State World Trade Commission, Serving as a trustee of the Golden State Museum.
California State Assembly
The current Chief Clerk, E. Dotson Wilson, was first elected January 6, 1992, and was reelected by the Members of the
Assembly for the 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2003-04 Legislative Sessions. He serves as the
Parliamentarian of the House, and also supervises a 30 member staff of legislative clerks.
The base of operations for the Chief Clerk and his staff is the Assembly Chamber. A long desk spans the width of the
Chamber and serves as the permanent workstation for a dozen clerks, who process the thousands of bills and publish
thousands of pages of information for the public record. Information compiled by this staff is made available to
potentially millions of computer users via the Internet system.
California State Controller
The State Controller is the Chief Financial Officer of the State of California, elected by the people. It is the mission
of the State Controller's Office to strengthen California's financial condition by being the leader in economic policy
development; providing financial management services to state and local government; and being the independent protector
of taxpayer dollars.
Consumer Attorneys of California
CAOC is an organization of more than 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs/consumers who seek responsibility from
In each case, the person the CAOC member represents faces an opponent with far more power and access to resources:
polluters, governments, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and banks. CAOC members take cases they view as
worthy, invest their own resources in developing and taking such cases to court, often over a several year period, and
are paid only from those cases which are successful.