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 28, the letter deadline is the Tuesday prior, March 21 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 and may be read into the record or reprinted.

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

  • E-mailsjud.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.

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter

The Capitol and O Street building is open for in-person attendance of committee hearings.  Please utilize the teleconference service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

The Senate strongly recommends that all members of the public wear a mask in all shared spaces in the Capitol and the 1021 O Street building. Masks are available at all security entrances.

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.

Teleconference Instructions:


Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated prior to the hearing date.

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” or “Opposition” of the bill to please press 1-0.   You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator. 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 the “Teleconference Instructions


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 Scott Wilk (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Angelique V. Ashby
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator María Elena Durazo
Senator John Laird
Senator Dave Min
Senator Roger W. Niello
Senator Henry I. Stern
Senator Scott D. Wiener

Committee Address