Tuesday, May 8, 2007 • Lassen Superior Court wins top award

Publisher’s note: This story originally appeared in the Tuesday, May 8, 2007, edition of the Lassen County Times.

The Lassen Superior Court is a leader in regional court programs in Northeastern California and has been recognized with one of the top court awards in California.

On April 27, the Judicial Council of California announced that the Superior Court of California, County of Lassen, is a recipient of a 2006-2007 Ralph N. Kleps Award for Improvement in Administration of the Courts, an annual awards program recognizing innovation in the state’s courts.

Created in 1991 in honor of Ralph N. Kleps, the first administrative director of the California courts, the awards are given for innovative programs that are transferable to other courts and have been in operation for at least one year.

The award comes from creation of the only multi-county unified appellate division of the Superior Court in the state, developed in response to limited resources, remote locations and large geographic areas with small populations, presenting unique challenges to the superior courts in Northeastern California in providing services to its citizens. The four-court Regional Appellate Division was recognized under the Special Category of Collaborative Projects.

The Lassen Superior Court is the lead court for the four-court Regional Appellate Division, an appellate division merged from the four courts of Lassen, Modoc, Plumas and Sierra. This appellate division provides improved efficiency in processing and hearing limited jurisdiction cases, misdemeanor infractions and traffic court appeals.

The Honorable Stephen D. Bradbury meets with students at the Lassen County Historic Courthouse.

The Honorable Stephen D. Bradbury is the Presiding Judge of the Regional Appellate Division.

Bradbury expressed pleasure with this state-wide recognition of the Lassen Court, and particularly noted the valuable contribution to the program’s success made by Lassen Superior Court Operations Manager Lynn Woods. He said this project is only one among several initiatives to make access to and use of the Lassen Superior Court services more available to the public, citing public hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., family law mediation and facilitation services, the court’s Access to Justice Center for legal information and preparing court forms, and the court’s Compass Programs for youth.

The Ralph N. Kleps Award for Improvement in Administration of the Courts will be presented Sept. 27. Representatives from the Lassen Superior Court will be on hand to accept this prestigious award at the California Bench-Bar Biannual Conference in Anaheim.