The Gordon D. Schaber Downtown Courthouse of the Sacramento Superior Court houses the main administrative offices of the court, as well as containing trial courtrooms, the department of the Presiding Judge, and the general civil and criminal case processing support units.
Three buildings in the immediate vicinity of the Downtown Courthouse also provide court services. Located at 800 9th Street are Departments 53 and 54, hearing general civil law and motion matters. Located at 800 9th Street, first floor, is Department 59 where general civil settlement conferences are heard. The Erickson Building is located at 520 9th Street where civil matters are heard in Departments 57 and 58.
The current Chief Clerk, E. Dotson Wilson, was first elected January 6, 1992, and was reelected by the Members of the Assembly for the 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2001-02 and 2003-04 Legislative Sessions. He serves as the Parliamentarian of the House, and also supervises a 30 member staff of legislative clerks.
The base of operations for the Chief Clerk and his staff is the Assembly Chamber. A long desk spans the width of the Chamber and serves as the permanent workstation for a dozen clerks, who process the thousands of bills and publish thousands of pages of information for the public record. Information compiled by this staff is made available to potentially millions of computer users via the Internet system.
CAOC is an organization of more than 3,000 attorneys who represent plaintiffs/consumers who seek responsibility from wrongdoers.
In each case, the person the CAOC member represents faces an opponent with far more power and access to resources: polluters, governments, insurance companies, automobile manufacturers, and banks. CAOC members take cases they view as worthy, invest their own resources in developing and taking such cases to court, often over a several year period, and are paid only from those cases which are successful.