"Generally, we know the courts have a history of not being as diverse as they ought to be and not representing the diversity of the general public," Ms. Orr said. "A lot of people have asked me how diverse are our courts, and we don't know because we've never checked it. This is the first step in the process."
"The information is voluntarily given and compiled to help record the diversity of the California court," Ms. Orr said. "It's completely optional. We are not requiring people to out themselves, but they can if they want to."