Improving Civil Justice


When I say “Civil Justice,” I’m referring to the justice system itself, that old American institution of courthouses, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and so on. Lately, it’s been fashionable for Americans to think and debate about Social Justice, which is definitely a good use of our time. Social justice should be a pressing concern to all U.S. citizens

Civil Justice, however, is where the rubber meets the road. The courthouse is where — day in and day out — so many citizens’ fates and fortunes are decided. While many of us are on social media arguing about Social Justice, many others are interacting with the Justice System itself, seeing and being part of real-life stories. 

And I’m sorry to say it, but our existing Civil Justice system is in big trouble. It’s far too costly. It’s far too slow. And with all the conflicts, all the contests, and all the confrontation, the biggest winners are generally the lawyers. You read that correctly: The ones who are supposed to serve the citizens as stewards of justice are indeed the ones whobenefit the most from the system’s high costs and slow speeds.

As a result, citizens, taxpayers, and small businesses all take a giant hit. 

Bob Brunton is ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work on repairing our broken Civil Justice system. I’m looking at not only the courthouses and the lawyers, but also the regulatory environment around them.

Bob Brunton’s Goals: To transform California’s civil justice system into one that is less costly, less time-consuming, and more beneficial to those who should benefit from it the most — i.e., the citizens/taxpayers. To correct the current legal atmosphere in which the biggest winners are generally the lawyers. To enhance the state’s business and tax climate by establishing fairer and more grounded standards for how our workers are treated and how our tax dollars are collected and distributed. 

Bob Brunton’s Plan for the Civil Justice System: Raise the small claims court limit to $50,000 so the cases become more diverse and relevant. Establish public defenders for civil lawsuits. Punish lawyers for behavior that either prolongs litigation or increases its costs.

Bob Brunton’s Plan for the People & Businesses of California: Strengthen the rights of independent contractor sales representatives so as to balance out their contracts, strengthen their commissions, and secure their intellectual property rights. Reform the Gas Tax so as to ensure that all taxes collected are spent physically close to their actual collection points. Provide Tax Credits for energy-saving products both engineered and manufactured in California. Support the expansion and connection of Dumbarton Bridge Rail, bring in new transit routes while easing up traffic. Establishing Bike Rider Licenses so as to drive new money into the maintenance of our roads — exempting children and low-income riders from the licensing requirement. Reforming the Sales Tax — not by increasing it, but by allocating 2 cents of that tax to the actual zip code where the buyer lives, helping out local cities and communities.