Welcome to the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary

If you would like to let the Committee know your position on a bill, we strongly encourage you to send us your comments in written form. Position letters and other correspondence may be submitted through the Advocacy Portal, e-mail, letter, fax, or e-fax. Please view our Letter Policy Page before submitting a support or opposition letter. The Committee's letter deadline is the Tuesday before the hearing at 12 p.m. (unless stated otherwise). For exmaple, if a bill will be heard on Tuesday, March 29, the letter deadline is the Tuesday prior, March 22 at 12 p.m. Please note that any letters submitted after the deadline may not be reflected in the analysis. Any letters recieved will be kept as part of the Committee's offical legislative records.

Letters can be sent to the Committee through any of the following ways:

  • E-mail - sjud.fax@sen.ca.gov; or

  • Fax - (916) 403-7394; or

  • Mailed to us at: Senate Judiciary Committee, 1021 O Street, Room 3240, Sacramento, CA 95814; or

  • Through the Advocacy Portal. Please use the button below to submit position letters via the Portal. Please visit our Letter Policy Page for specific guidelines on submitting support and opposition letters.

  • Please note: Committee staff are not responsible for distributing letters to Committee Members' offices, authors' offices, or other committees. You are encouraged to email or mail your letter to each member individually.

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Teleconference Instructions:
Due to the health and safety risks associated with the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Senate will continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Accordingly, seating for Senate proceedings will continue to be limited to the extent social distancing allows. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at: https://www.senate.ca.gov/

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the Committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

The call-in number for our hearing will be posted on our website the day before the hearing.

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony.  

•    Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.
•    When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 
•    When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “Out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
•    When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.
A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking here.

JURISDICTION:  Bills amending the Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, Family Code, and Probate Code. Bills relating to courts, judges, and court personnel. Bills relating to liens, claims, and unclaimed property. Bills relating to privacy and consumer protection.


Senator Thomas J. Umberg (Chair)
Senator Andreas Borgeas (Vice Chair)
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator María Elena Durazo
Senator Lena A. Gonzalez
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Brian W. Jones
Senator John Laird
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Bob Wieckowski
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Committee Address