Your Advisory Commission recommends to you in the report transmitted herewith that the superior, municipal and justice courts of each county of this state be merged into a single trial court--the countywide superior court. Under this proposed unification, all supporting personnel attached to these new courts (including the clerks, marshals and reporters) would be placed under the exclusive control and supervision of the courts. The new courts would be administered courts and would follow generally uniform procedures and practices. They would be exclusively state financed; therefore, all revenues generated by them, such as fines and filing fees, would go to the state alone. There would be but one class of judges in these courts. The advantages of a completely unified trial court system are many.
Joint Committee on the Structure of the Judiciary, "To Meet Tomorrow: The Need For Change" (1975). California Joint Committees. Paper 116.