Court facilities group accepts audit suggestions
A working group overseeing the state's court facilities will recommend that all 137 recommendations made from an independent audit be implemented, after a vote Friday.
Most of the recommendations in the 437-page audit report on California's court construction program focuses on improving the program's policies, processes and procedures.
The working group also recommended that the creation and maintenance of all the required elements in the report be handled in a unified manner and be accomplished by July 16, 2013.
"The report will be a tremendous tool as we move forward with our capital projects. The recommendations will serve as a template for our future success," said Justice Brad Hill, chair of the Court Facilities Working Group and Administrative Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, in a statement.
The massive audit was conducted by Pegasus-Global Holdings, Inc., an independent consulting firm, after the Administrative Office of the Courts came under scathing scrutiny when a group of current and former judges published report that described the agency as dysfunctional, controlling, deceptive, overstaffed and top heavy with high-salaried bureaucrats.
The audit to the working group follows a Judicial Council decision on Aug. 31 to restructure the Office of Court Construction and Maintenance so that court construction and maintenance will be overseen by two different offices within the AOC.
The audit had three objectives: to assess the overall management of the AOC court construction program compared to industry standards and best practices; to assess outcomes of six sample projects at various stages of completion; and to assess organizational structure, staff qualifications, and quality of project consultants, including architects, engineers and general contractors.
- Christopher Rosacker