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California Business and Professions Code

CHAPTER 5. LAW LIBRARIES

Updated through January 1, 2016.

6300. There is in each county of this State a board of law library trustees, which governs the law library established for the county under the provisions of this chapter.

(Added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452.)


6301. Except as otherwise provided by statute, a board of law library trustees is constituted as follows:

  1. In a county where there are no more than three judges of the superior court, each of those judges is ex officio a trustee. The judges may at their option select only one of their number to serve as a trustee, and in that event they shall appoint two additional trustees who are residents of the county or members of the State Bar.
  2. In a county where there are more than three judges of the superior court, the judges of that court shall elect either four or five of their number to serve as trustees.
  3. Any judge of the superior court who is an ex officio or elected member may, at the judge's option, designate a resident of the county or a member of the State Bar to act for the judge as trustee.
  4. The chair of the board of supervisors is ex officio a trustee, but the board of supervisors at the request of the chair may appoint a member of the State Bar, any other member of the board of supervisors of the county, or a resident of the county to serve as trustee in place of the chair. The appointment of the person selected in place of the chair of the board of supervisors shall expire when a new chair of the board of supervisors is selected, and that appointment shall not be subject to the provisions of Section 6302.
  5. The board of supervisors shall appoint as many additional trustees, who are members of the State Bar, as may be necessary to constitute a board of at least six and not more than seven members.

No more than two law library trustees may be residents of the county who are not judges of the county, members of the State Bar, or members of the board of supervisors of the county.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 52, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2002.)


6301.1. Notwithstanding Section 6301, in San Diego County the board of law library trustees shall be constituted, as follows:

  1. Up to five judges of the superior court, to be elected by and from the superior court judges of the county. Each superior court judge so elected shall serve a three-year term. In order to maintain overlapping terms, those judges holding office as of the date of unification of the municipal and superior courts of San Diego County shall remain in office until the expiration of their original terms.
  2. The board of supervisors shall appoint up to four attorneys resident in the county to the board of law library trustees, to serve overlapping three-year terms. In order to stagger the appointments, the board of supervisors shall, in January of 1997, appoint one attorney to a one-year term, one attorney to a two-year term, and one attorney to a three-year term; and as each term expires, the new appointee shall thereafter serve three-year terms. At least one attorney appointed pursuant to this subdivision shall be a member of the San Diego County Bar Association.
  3. In the event a trustee cannot serve a full term, the appointing authority for that individual shall appoint another qualified person to complete that term. Interim appointments may be made by the board of law library trustees in accordance with Section 6305.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.1. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6301.5. In any county where there are no more than three judges of the superior court, the board of supervisors, with the concurrence of the majority of the incumbent judges of the superior court, may reduce the number of law library trustees to not less than three members.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 52, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2002.)

6302. Appointments of trustees which are to be made by the board of supervisors of the county shall be made at the first meeting of the board of supervisors after the establishment of a law library in the county, the appointees to serve until the first meeting of the board of supervisors in the succeeding January. The board shall, at any such meeting in each succeeding January, appoint such trustees to serve for the term of one year.

(Added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452.)


6302.5. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in Los Angeles County appointments made by judges of the superior court, municipal court, and justice court shall be for a term of four years, and appointments made by the board of supervisors of the county shall be for a term of two years. Trustees who are incumbents on the effective date of this section shall be considered to have started their terms on the effective date of this section. At the first regular meeting following the effective date of this section, the members appointed by the judiciary shall classify themselves by lot so that three members shall serve for four years, and two members for two years. Thereafter the term of office of each member so appointed shall be four years. At the first regular meeting following the effective date of this section, the members appointed by the board of supervisors shall classify themselves by lot so that one member shall serve for two years, and one member for one year. Thereafter the term of office of each member so appointed shall be two years.

6303. The office of trustee is honorary, without salary or other compensation.

(Added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452.)

6304. Each board of law library trustees shall meet regularly each month on such day as it shall appoint, but if it appoint no day, it shall meet on the first Tuesday after the first Saturday of each month, and any board may meet at such other times as it may appoint, at a place to be designated for that purpose. The president of the board may call a special meeting at any time for the transaction of necessary business. A majority of the members constitutes a quorum for business, and an affirmative vote of a majority of the members is required to exercise the powers of the board.

(Amended by Stats. 1945, Ch. 1113.)

6305. A board of law library trustees may remove any trustee, except an ex officio trustee, who is absent from three consecutive meetings of the board, and may fill all vacancies that from any cause occur in the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.2. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6306. Each board shall appoint one of its number as president.

(Added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 452.)

6307. Each board shall elect a secretary, who shall keep a full statement and account of all property, money, receipts and expenditures, and shall keep a record and full minutes in writing, with the ayes and noes at length, of all proceedings of the board.

Under the secretary's hand, the proceedings may be verified by an official seal adopted and provided by the board for that purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.3. Effective January 1, 2010.)


6320. All money collected for the law library in each county, must be deposited with the treasurer of the county, who must keep the same separate and apart in a trust fund or trust account, to be disbursed by the board of law library trustees. Money may be disbursed only as in this chapter provided, and only for the purposes herein authorized.

Whenever a law library and a board of trustees to govern the same, is in existence under the provisions of any law, other than the law superseded by this chapter, in any county, or city and county, in this State, money so collected shall be paid into the hands of those, and in the manner, provided by such law.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 396.)

6321.

  1. On and after January 1, 2006, as described in Section 68085.1 of the Government Code, the Administrative Office of the Courts shall make monthly distributions from superior court filing fees to the law library fund in each county in the amounts described in this section and Section 6322.1. From each first paper filing fee as provided under Section 70611, 70612, 70613, 70614, or 70670 of the Government Code, each first paper or petition filing fee in a probate matter as provided under Section 70650, 70651, 70652, 70653, 70654, 70655, 70656, or 70658 of the Government Code, Section 103470 of the Health and Safety Code, or Section 7660 of the Probate Code, each filing fee for a small claim or limited civil case appeal as provided under Section 116.760 of the Code of Civil Procedure or Section 70621 of the Government Code, and each vehicle forfeiture petition fee as provided under subdivision (e) of Section 14607.6 of the Vehicle Code, that is collected in each of the following counties, the amount indicated in this subdivision shall be paid to the law library fund in that county:

    Jurisdiction Amount
    Alameda $37.00
    Alpine $4.00
    Amador $20.00
    Butte $35.00
    Calaveras $32.00
    Colusa $17.00
    Contra Costa $35.00
    Del Norte $20.00
    El Dorado $29.00
    Fresno $37.00
    Glenn $20.00
    Humboldt $40.00
    Imperial $20.00
    Inyo $29.00
    Kern $27.00
    Kings $29.00
    Lake $23.00
    Lassen $28.00
    Los Angeles $24.00
    Madera $32.00
    Marin $32.00
    Mariposa $27.00
    Mendocino $35.00
    Merced $29.00
    Modoc $20.00
    Mono $20.00
    Monterey $31.00
    Napa $23.00
    Nevada $29.00
    Orange $35.00
    Placer $35.00
    Plumas $23.00
    Riverside $32.00
    Sacramento $50.00
    San Benito $26.00
    San Bernardino $29.00
    San Diego $38.00
    San Francisco $42.00
    San Joaquin $29.00
    San Luis Obispo   $34.00
    San Mateo $38.50
    Santa Barbara $41.00
    Santa Clara $26.00
    Santa Cruz $35.00
    Shasta $26.00
    Sierra $20.00
    Siskiyou $26.00
    Solano $29.00
    Sonoma $35.00
    Stanislaus $24.00
    Sutter $7.00
    Tehama $23.00
    Trinity $20.00
    Tulare $35.00
    Tuolumne $20.00
    Ventura $32.00
    Yolo $35.00
    Yuba $10.00

  2. If a board of supervisors in any county acted before January 1, 2006, to increase the law library fee in that county effective January 1, 2006, the amount distributed to the law library fund in that county under subdivision (a) shall be increased by the amount that the board of supervisors acted to increase the fee, up to three dollars ($3). Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 6322.1, as it read on January 1, 2005, the maximum increase permitted under this subdivision in Los Angeles County is three dollars ($3), rather than two dollars ($2).
  3. The amounts of twenty-three dollars ($23) for Inyo County, twenty-nine dollars ($29) for Mendocino County, twenty-three dollars ($23) for Plumas County, and twenty-three dollars ($23) for San Benito County listed in subdivision (a) shall apply to distributions made under subdivision (a) beginning January 1, 2006.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.4. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6322.

  1. It is the intent of the Legislature that the change in the method of distributing funds to law libraries from fees collected by the superior courts under the Uniform Civil Fees and Standard Fee Schedule Act of 2005 will not result in undue financial hardship for any law library. On and after January 1, 2006, any law library that experiences undue financial hardship from the change in the method of distributing funding to law libraries may request a one-time advance from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The Administrative Office of the Courts shall provide the advance within 15 days after the request is received, but no earlier than February 1, 2006, if all of the following conditions are met:
    1. The law library board of trustees certifies that the law library is experiencing financial hardship caused by an increase in the time between collection of a fee by the court and the receipt of the money by the law library fund resulting from the implementation of the new distribution method for money received from superior court filing fees.
    2. The law library board of trustees certifies that the law library is operating under this chapter.
    3. The Administrative Office of the Courts receives the request on or before February 15, 2006.
  2. The amount of the advance shall be equal to one-twelfth of the law library's total receipts from superior court fees for the 2003-04 fiscal year.
  3. The funding for the advance shall be provided from amounts deposited into the bank account established by the Administrative Office of the Courts under subdivision (b) of Section 68085.1 of the Government Code. The advance shall be returned within 30 days if a law library ceases to operate or the responsibility for the law library is transferred from the law library board of trustees.

(Repealed (in Sec. 8) and added by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 9. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6322.1.

  1. Until the end of the moratorium described in Section 70601 of the Government Code, the board of supervisors of any county may increase, as provided in this section, the amount distributed to its county law library fund from the uniform filing fees listed in Section 6321 whenever it determines that the increase is necessary to defray the expenses of the law library.

    Any increase in the amount distributed to the law library fund in any county under this subdivision shall not be effective until January 1 of the next year after the adoption by the board of supervisors of the increase. The amount of the increase in any calendar year shall be no greater than three dollars ($3) over the previous calendar year. A copy of the action of the board of supervisors that establishes the increase shall be provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts as soon as it becomes available but no later than December 15 of the year before the increased distribution goes into effect.
  2. Distribution changes after January 1, 2008, shall be determined by the process described in Section 70601 of the Government Code.
    1. In an action or proceeding in which a claim for money damages falls within the monetary jurisdiction of the small claims court and is filed by an assignee who is prohibited from filing or maintaining a claim pursuant to Section 116.420 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the uniform filing fee shall be reduced by twenty-four dollars ($24) to one hundred eighty-one dollars ($181) if the complaint contains a declaration under penalty of perjury, executed by the party requesting the reduction in fees, that the case qualifies for the lower fee because the claim for money damages will not exceed the monetary jurisdiction of small claims court and is filed by an assignee of the claim.
    2. When the uniform filing fee is reduced as provided under this subdivision, the amount distributed from each uniform filing fee to the law library fund in the county shall be as follows:

      Jurisdiction Amount
      Alameda $12.00
      Alpine $1.00
      Amador $6.00
      Butte $12.00
      Calaveras $7.00
      Colusa $12.00
      Contra Costa $8.00
      Del Norte $6.00
      El Dorado $9.00
      Fresno $9.00
      Glenn $6.00
      Humboldt $12.00
      Imperial $12.00
      Inyo $6.00
      Kern $12.00
      Kings $12.00
      Lake $12.00
      Lassen $12.00
      Los Angeles $5.00
      Madera $12.00
      Marin $12.00
      Mariposa $4.00
      Mendocino $12.00
      Merced $12.00
      Modoc $6.00
      Mono $6.00
      Monterey $10.00
      Napa $12.00
      Nevada $7.00
      Orange $8.00
      Placer $7.00
      Plumas $6.00
      Riverside $12.00
      Sacramento $8.50
      San Benito $6.00
      San Bernardino $12.00
      San Diego $12.00
      San Francisco $12.00
      San Joaquin $10.00
      San Luis Obispo   $12.00
      San Mateo $12.00
      Santa Barbara $12.00
      Santa Clara $8.00
      Santa Cruz $12.00
      Shasta $8.50
      Sierra $9.00
      Siskiyou $8.00
      Solano $9.00
      Sonoma $12.00
      Stanislaus $6.50
      Sutter $1.00
      Tehama $9.00
      Trinity $6.00
      Tulare $12.00
      Tuolumne $2.00
      Ventura $12.00
      Yolo $10.00
      Yuba $7.00

      The increases described in subdivision (a) do not apply to the law library distributions in this subdivision.

    3. Notwithstanding subdivision (d) of Section 68085.4 of the Government Code, when the uniform filing fee is reduced as provided in this subdivision, the amounts distributed to dispute resolution programs, the State Court Facilities Construction Fund, the Judges' Retirement Fund, children's waiting rooms, and the Equal Access Fund shall remain as provided under subdivisions (b) and (c) of Section 68085.4 of the Government Code and shall not be changed. Only the amounts distributed to the Trial Court Trust Fund, the law libraries, and the Immediate and Critical Needs Account of the State Court Facilities Construction Fund shall be adjusted. The amount distributed from each uniform filing fee under this section to the Immediate and Critical Needs Account of the State Court Facilities Construction Fund, established in Section 70371.5 of the Government Code, shall be eleven dollars ($11). If the fee is further reduced below one hundred eighty-one dollars ($181), as with a partial waiver or partial payment, the proportional reductions described in subdivision (g) of Section 68085.1 of the Government Code shall apply.
  3. Distributions under this section to the law library fund in each county shall be used only for the purposes authorized by this chapter.
  4. As used in this section and Section 6321, "law library fund" includes a law library account described in the second paragraph of Section 6320.
  5. This section shall become operative on July 1, 2013.

(Amended (as added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 720, Sec. 2) by Stats. 2011, Ch. 296, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2012. Section operative July 1, 2013, by its own provisions.)


6324. The board of supervisors of any county may set apart from the fees collected by the county clerk, sums not exceeding one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200) in any one fiscal year, to be paid by the county clerk into the law library fund in addition to the moneys otherwise provided to be deposited in that fund by law. The board of supervisors may also appropriate from the county treasury for law library purposes such additional sums as may in their discretion appear proper. When so paid into the law library fund, such sums shall constitute a part of the fund and be used for the same purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 12. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6325.

The orders and demands of the trustees of the law library, when duly made and authenticated as hereinafter provided, shall be verified and audited by the auditing officer, and paid by the treasurer of the county out of the law library fund. Full entry and record shall be kept as in other cases.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 75, Sec. 13. Effective July 19, 2005. Operative January 1, 2006, by Sec. 156 of Ch. 75.)

6326. A revolving fund of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) may be established from money in the law library fund, by resolution of the board of law library trustees, for expenditures of not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) each for purposes for which the law library fund may lawfully be expended. The board shall prescribe the procedure by which money may be drawn from the revolving fund, the records to be kept, and the manner in which reimbursements shall be made to the revolving fund by demand and order from the law library fund. All or any part of the money in the revolving fund may be deposited in a commercial account in a bank, subject to payments of not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) each by check on the signature of the secretary or any other person or persons designated by the board.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6340. Each board of law library trustees shall establish and maintain a law library at the county seat of the county in which it is appointed and may lease suitable quarters therefor or construct quarters pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, and may provide leased or constructed quarters with suitable furniture and utility services.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1076.)

6341. Any board of law library trustees may establish and maintain a branch of the law library in any city in the county, other than the county seat, in which a session of the superior court or of a municipal court is held, or in which a municipal court has been authorized by statute but has not yet begun to operate. In any city constituting the county seat, any board of law library trustees may establish and maintain a branch of the law library at any location therein where four or more judges of the municipal court are designated to hold sessions more than 10 miles distant from the principal office of the municipal court. In any city and county any board of law library trustees may establish and maintain branches of the law library. A branch is in all respects a part of the law library and is governed accordingly.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 784, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2003.)

6342. A board of law library trustees may order the drawing and payment, upon properly authenticated vouchers, duly certified by the president and secretary, of money from out of the law library fund, for any liability or expenditure herein authorized, and generally do all that may be necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.6. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6343. A board may make and enforce all rules, regulations, and by-laws necessary for the administration, government, and protection of the law library, and of all property belonging thereto, or that may be loaned, devised, bequeathed, or donated to it. A board may make expenditures for the suitable maintenance, repair, protection and insurance against loss of such property, both real and personal.

(Amended by Stats. 1941, Ch. 453.)

6344. A board may purchase books, journals, other publications, and other personal property. It may dispose of obsolete or duplicate books, and other unneeded or unusable property.

(Amended by Stats. 1945, Ch. 1113.)

6345. A board may appoint a librarian and define the powers and prescribe the duties of any officers, determine the number, and elect all necessary subordinate officers and assistants, and at its pleasure remove any officer or assistant.

For the purpose of facilitating the recruitment of professional and technically trained persons to fill positions for which there is a shortage of qualified applicants, a board may authorize payment of all or a part of the reasonable travel expense of applicants who are called for interview and all or part of the reasonable travel and moving expense of persons who change their place of residence to accept employment with the law library.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.7. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6346. A board shall fix the salaries of the secretary, librarian, and other officers and assistants, and may require a bond of any officer or assistant, in such sum as it may fix. The premium on any such bond given by an authorized surety company may be paid from the law library fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.8. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6346.5. A board of law library trustees may contract with the Board of Administration of the State Employees' Retirement System, to make all or any of the officers or employees of the law library members of the system.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.9. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6346.6. As an alternative to Section 6346.5, a board of law library trustees may, with the consent of the board of administration of the applicable retirement system, elect to make all or any of the officers or employees of the law library members of the retirement system which covers the officers and employees of the county in which the law library is established and to have the law library officers and employees deemed to be county employees for purposes of that retirement system. In the event of such an election, the employer contributions on behalf of the covered law library officers and employees shall be made from law library funds.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 156, Sec. 1.)

6347. A board may contract with any law library association to make use of its library as a public law library, under proper rules and regulations to be prescribed by the board, either by lease or such other contracts as may best carry into effect the purposes of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.10. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6348. A board may expend surplus funds under its control, not necessary for use to maintain the law library, to acquire or lease real property and erect thereon a library building to house the law library. In the alternative, a board of law library trustees may appropriate from the surplus funds so much as in the discretion of the board may be necessary to obtain adequate quarters for the law library in any building hereafter erected by the board of supervisors of the county in which the law library is maintained. The moneys so appropriated shall not be more than the proportion of the total cost of the building which the space allotted to the law library bears to the total usable space in the building. The moneys so appropriated may be transferred to the board of supervisors of the county for use in erecting the building, or may be paid directly on contracts for the erection thereof made by the board of supervisors.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.11. Effective January 1, 2010.)


6348.1. An appropriation to obtain quarters for the law library in a building to be erected by the board of supervisors of the county, may be made subject to such terms and conditions, including approval of plans and specifications, and regarding maintenance and use of the quarters, as may be mutually agreed upon by the board of law library trustees and the board of supervisors.

Where a board of law library trustees determines to erect a library building to house the law library, the State of California or the county or the city in which the building is to be located, may set apart and dedicate or lease land owned by any of them for the permanent use of the building and access thereto.

(Amended by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1069.)

6348.2. When a board of law library trustees in any county determines to erect a library building to house the law library, it may borrow money for that purpose and repay the loan from its future income. The board may borrow the money from any person, or private or public agency, or corporation, in an amount not exceeding half of the funds of the board allocated to the construction of the building, upon such terms as may be agreed upon by the board and the lender and approved by resolution of the board of supervisors of the county.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1299, Sec. 1.)

6348.3. A library building erected to house the law library may include not more than four courtrooms with offices in connection therewith, offices for use of a county bar association, and an office for a notary public and public stenographer, which courtrooms and offices the board of law library trustees may lease, the income to be deposited in the law library fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.12. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6348.4. Real property acquired by a board may be sold, leased, rented, or licensed with the proceeds to be deposited in the law library fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 201, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2015.)

6348.5. A board of law library trustees may invest surplus funds in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) or of the average annual expenditures of the library for the four fiscal years immediately preceding the investment, whichever is lesser, in the Local Agency Investment Fund pursuant to Article 11 (commencing with Section 16429.1) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code or bonds of the government of the United States or of this state. Bonds so purchased may be sold at any time in the discretion of the board. In computing average annual expenditures for the purposes of this section, capital expenditures for the purchase of real property and construction of a library building shall not be included.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.14. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6348.6. A board of law library trustees may contract with the board of supervisors of the county upon such terms as may be mutually agreeable for the construction by the board of supervisors of a law library building or any part thereof or for quarters in a building to be erected by the board of supervisors. The agreement may be made subject to such terms and conditions including approval of plans and specifications, regarding the furnishing and equipping of the building or quarters, and regarding maintenance and use of the quarters, as may be mutually agreed upon by the board of law library trustees and the board of supervisors. The contract may provide that the board of law library trustees shall make payments to the board of supervisors out of future income in payment for constructing or furnishing or equipping the law library building or part thereof or those quarters in a building. Any contract executed by a board of law library trustees and a board of supervisors, which, if executed subsequent to the effective date of this section would be valid, is hereby ratified and validated.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.15. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6348.7. A board of law library trustees may enter into an agreement with a county for the joint exercise of powers pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code for the purpose of constructing a building or buildings to house the law library and court or county facilities, without limitation as to the number of courtrooms such building or buildings may contain, and may lease from any authority created pursuant to such agreement the space required for law library purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 31, Sec. 1. Effective May 11, 1983.)

6349. Each board of law library trustees, on or before the 15th day of August of each year, shall make an annual report to the board of supervisors of the county in which the law library is maintained, for the preceding fiscal year ending on the 30th day of June. A copy of the report shall be filed with the auditor of the county.

The report shall give the condition of their trust, with full statements of all their property and money received, whence derived, how used and expended, the number of books, periodicals and other publications on hand, the number added by purchase, gift, or otherwise during the year, the number lost or missing, and such other information as might be of interest.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.16. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6350. A financial report, showing all receipts and disbursements of money, shall be made by the secretary, duly verified by his oath, at the same time that the report of the board is made.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 332, Sec. 1.17. Effective January 1, 2010.)

6360. A law library established under this chapter shall be free to the judiciary, to state and county officials, to members of the State Bar, and to all residents of the county, for the examination of books and other publications at the library or its branches.

The board of law library trustees may permit the removal of such books and other publications from the library and its branches as it considers proper, subject to such rules, and, in its discretion, the giving of such security, as it may provide to ensure the safekeeping and prompt return thereof, but no security shall be required of members of the judiciary or county officials. The board may provide for the levying of fines and charges for violation of the rules, and may make charges for special services, such as the making of photocopies of pages of library books, electronic delivery, messenger and other delivery services, educational programs, special events, and provision of supplies or food services.

The board of law library trustees may require persons other than members of the judiciary, county officials, and members of the bar resident in the county, to pay such dues as the board may fix for the privilege of removing books and other publications from the library. With the approval of the board of supervisors, the board of law library trustees may charge individual members of the bar resident in the county fees for the removal of books and other publications from the library. These fees shall not exceed the cost of providing the service.

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 56, Sec. 2. Effective April 20, 1990. Text in bold Amended by Stats 2015 Ch. 318, Sec 1 (SB 711), effective January 1, 2016.)


6361. The board of supervisors of the county in which the law library is established shall provide sufficient quarters for the use of the library upon request of the board of law library trustees, except that the board of supervisors need not provide such quarters when the board of law library trustees determines it has sufficient funds, over and above those necessary for operation and maintenance expenses, to provide its own quarters. Such provision may include, with the room or rooms provided, suitable furniture, window shades, floor coverings, lighting, heat and telephone and janitor service.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 1076.)

6362.5. The State Librarian shall periodically supply to each law library established under the provisions of this chapter, and requesting the same, information regarding newly published materials to aid such libraries in their selection of new materials.

(Added by Stats. 1965, Ch. 1385.)

6363. Whenever a law library, and a board of trustees to govern the same, is in existence under the provisions of any law, other than the law superseded by this chapter, in any county, or city and county, in this State, this chapter shall not be considered a repeal of any legislation under which such library was established and is now governed, but shall be deemed to confer upon such library the benefits of Sections 6321, 6322, 6322.1, 6326, 6341, 6345, 6346, 6346.5, and 6347.

(Amended by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1786.)



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