In March 2011 Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye established the Strategic Evaluation Committee (SEC), composed of judges from courts of all size from throughout the state, assisted by advisory members with extensive executive managerial experience in government. The Chief Justice asked the committee to conduct an in-depth review of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the staff agency to the Judicial Council, with a view toward promoting transparency, accountability, and efficiency. The request from the Chief Justice required the committee to undertake a thorough and objective examination of the role, functions, organizational structure, methods of operation, and staffing of the agency, and to make recommendations to improve the manner in which it performs core functions and provides services to the courts and the public.
Strategic Evaluation Committee, "Report on the Administrative Office of the Courts" (2012). California Courts and the Practice of Law. 1.