California’s court system is the largest in the world and serves more than 38 million people. The Judicial Council of California (JCC) manages that system and this year, the JCC is starting a new team, California Courts Digital Services, to improve access to justice for Californians with technology and design. 

California Courts Digital Services is leading the Digital Self-Help Pilot, researching and prototyping new interactions for people accessing the court without a lawyer.  In Spring 2019, the team will begin work on a Portal effort to support  Self Represented Litigants across the state.  We are experimenting with case types that touch the experience of divorce, credit card debt collection, record expungement, name/gender change and traffic fines. 

The Data Scientist will work with a cross-functional team (including researchers,  designers, lawyers and judges) to shape the Court’s approach to the digital experience of California’s justice system.

  • Determining data needs in order for California Courts Digital Services to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of court self-help projects.
  • Seeking out, advocating for, and acquiring data from courts and system partners.
  • A/B testing and program evaluation of self-help projects.
  • Automating data collecting and evaluation between multiple data systems. 
  • Writing outcome reports with clear, accurate explanation of evaluation results. 

Skills and responsibilities

  • Have teamwork experience with designers, engineers, and government stakeholders.
  • Believe in user-centered design and design research.
  • Desire to improve government processes and policies, especially around data.
  • Excellent writing skills, especially in the ability to communicate complex data related ideas to lay audiences. 
  • Strong background in statistics and data science, with work in social science. 
  • Relevant work and experience using R and/or Python for data related work.
  • Experience on projects merging and cleaning data sets from disparate systems.  


  • Location:
    San Francisco
  • Deadline:


Minimum qualifications