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Oct 22 San Diego court scales back services in face of budget cuts
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In reaction to budget cuts, the San Diego County Superior Court is closing the small claims business office at the Kearny Mesa Courthouse on Dec. 22.
Related: InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis, Superior Court of San Diego County
Oct 22 Central Valley, Inland Empire seek more help for immigration cases
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Getting courtroom help for unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation has been a thorny problem for legal service providers. The snags mushroom when nonprofits seek to aid kids who end up in the vast expanse of rural California, where the need is growing and lawyers are scarce.
Oct 22 Judicial Profile: C. Edward Simpson Jr.
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) C. Edward Simpson Jr. tries to motivate jurors to have a positive attitude about their civic duty.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles
Oct 21 Election ads in judicial races can tilt rulings, study finds
MSN News
The flood of political ads in state judicial elections appears to have swept away many criminal appeals, according to a critical new study.
Related: National Law Journal
Oct 21 Meeting to discuss Placerville courthouse
Lake Tahoe News
There will be a meeting Nov. 6 at 6pm regarding the draft environmental impact report for the proposed Placerville courthouse.
Related: El Dorado County, New Placerville Courthouse
Oct 21 Modesto’s courthouse land deal still awaiting state approval
Modesto Bee
More than six months have passed since the Modesto City Council voted to buy an entire block downtown for the new county courthouse. That land deal, however, has yet to go through, and a deadline looms.
Related: Stanislaus County, New Modesto Courthouse
Oct 20 California Supreme Court clarifies law on sex assault
San Francisco Chronicle
Sexually assaulting someone who is both drunk and unconscious is two crimes, not one, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Related: California Supreme Court
Oct 21 Judicial Profile: Rupa S. Goswami
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) During an otherwise typical proceeding last fall, newly-appointed Superior Court Judge Rupa Goswami gaveled an abrupt recess. The former federal prosecutor wasn't stumped by some particular of California evidence; a more basic need required the break: Goswami had morning sickness.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles
Oct 20 Court Approves Budget, Is Set to Reopen 11 Courtrooms
Met News
The Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Committee has approved a budget for the current fiscal year that will allow it to reopen 11 courtrooms, Presiding Judge David S. Wesley has informed the court’s staff and judges.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Oct 20 Judicial Profile: Ethan P. Schulman
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Before his appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013, Schulman worked almost exclusively on civil matters for 30 years, many times on appellate cases. Only once during that time did he work on a criminal case. Now he handles felony preliminary hearings and arraignments.
Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County
Oct 19 Trial date set for dispute over canceled sale of state-owned buildings
Los Angeles Times
After almost four years, a legal spat over a busted deal to buy billions of dollars' worth of state government office buildings could finally be going to trial.
Oct 17 Damaged Historic Courthouse shrink-wrapped for the winter
Napa Valley Register
Construction workers on Friday sealed the front façade of the Historic Courthouse with a resin-based film to protect the earthquake-damaged building during the rainy season.
Related: Superior Court of Napa County
Oct 17 High speed rail opponents gird for further battle after Supreme Court ruling
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Those who oppose the construction of high speed rail in California say the state Supreme Court's refusal Wednesday to review a lower court decision could undermine the accountability of the initiative process because it allows the state to flout project planning requirements approved by voters.
Related: California Supreme Court, UT San Diego
Oct 17 Judicial Profile: Patricia Guerrero
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) An undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Guerrero earned her degree in legal studies, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program covering a variety of subjects, including philosophy of law, criminal justice, law and economics. In 1997, she graduated from Stanford Law School, with the goal of becoming a litigator.
Related: Superior Court of San Diego County
Oct 15 Court gives California’s proposed high-speed rail project a boost
San Francisco Chronicle
Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail project took a step forward Wednesday when the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by opponents of the first-stage funding for the proposed San Francisco-to-Los Angeles line.
Related: Met News, Associated Press, The Sentinel
Oct 16 Judicial Profile: Pamela M. Parker
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As a judicial clerk in the Northern District of Ohio, Pamela M. Parker was loaned out to assist in a complex organized crime case featuring defendants with monikers such as "The Butcher."
Related: Superior Court of San Diego County
Oct 15 Santa Cruz pilot project equips foster youth with education champions
California Health Report
An Oakland-based nonprofit group is building a national model to help foster youth overcome one of their biggest challenges: staying in school.
Oct 14 SF Courtrooms Close for Day as Workers Strike
The Recorder
San Francisco Superior Court employees declared a one-day strike Tuesday, leading administrators to shut down half the county's courtrooms and to suspend all scheduled trials.
Related: Daily Journal, Bay City News
Oct 14 Judicial Profile: Michael D. Washington
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Fresh out of California Western School of Law, Michael D. Washington was fired up at the prospect of battling white-collar crime at the Orange County district attorney's office.
Related: Superior Court of San Diego County
Oct 13 New director of judicial branch administration plots course
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After his high-profile appointment last month, Martin Hoshino, the new director of the Judicial Branch's oft-criticized administrative arm, is preparing to tackle numerous challenges in his new role.
Related: Martin Hoshino
Oct 13 Century-old American Judicature Society shutting down
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The demise of the American Judicature Society has saddened California lawyers and judges involved in the century-old judicial independence organization.
Oct 13 Judicial Profile: Michael J. Gassner
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Nearly two decades atop the Superior Court bench here have earned Commissioner Michael Gassner a reputation as one of the area's most experienced and knowledgeable family law jurists.
Related: Superior Court of San Bernardino County
Oct 12 Effort to blunt school truancy is far greater than posters and banners
Contra Costa Times
Keeping Our Kids in School is an initiative sponsored by the California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Related: Truancy and School Discipline
Oct 11 Video: New Courthouse Planned for Downtown Railyards
FOX 40
A brand new, 405,000 square foot courthouse is slated to be the first project at the Railyards Development in Downtown. The land has already been purchased, but funding for the $300 million project is still up in the air.
Related: New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse, Daily Journal
Oct 10 Viewpoint: State Supreme Court Resets Ethics Rewrite
The Recorder
The California Supreme Court delivered news on Sept. 19 that shocked many in the ethics world, yet drew surprisingly little publicity: Matter No. S206125 was closed with "no action taken."
Oct 10 Funding for San Benito Courthouse security
The Californian
Last month, the San Benito County Sheriff's Department applied for a $480,500 grant to help fund the additional security costs at the new Hollister courthouse.
Related: New Hollister Courthouse
Oct 10 New state courthouse a 48-foot hole at the moment
UT San Diego
The new $555.5 million San Diego Central Courthouse is, for now, a 48-foot hole in the ground.
Related: San Diego County, Central Courthouse
Oct 10 Juvenile judge a candidate for LA child protective services czar
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The presiding judge of Los Angeles County Superior Court's juvenile division said Thursday that he would like to lead the county's efforts to overhaul the troubled child protective services system.
Oct 10 Judicial Profile: Sherri L. Honer
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Orange County Judge Sherri Honer has considerable experience, in practice and for the court.
Related: Superior Court of Orange County
Oct 9 State lays out plans for new downtown Sacramento courthouse
Sacramento Bee
For years, court officials have lamented conditions at the Sacramento County Superior Courthouse downtown, but were stymied by lack of funds during the recession to build a new one.
Related: New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse
Oct 9 Jury technology project grant for Merced Superior Court
Modesto Bee
Merced Superior Court has received a $50,000 grant to upgrade online jury services.
Related: Superior Court of Merced County
Oct 9 New courthouse dedication in Hollister
The Californian
The Superior Court of California for San Benito County is hosting a public ceremony to dedicate its new courthouse at 3 p.m. Friday at 450 Fourth St., Hollister.
Related: New Hollister Courthouse, Benitolink
Oct 9 A judge from 'the trenches' seeks reinvestment in courts
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Elected as the state judges' association's 83rd president in June and sworn in in September, Weber sees the 2,400-member organization as a "big tent" that can advocate for the branch on issues from salary and pensions to ethics and court procedures.
Oct 9 Downtown Los Angeles' historic criminal justice center reopened after 20 years
Daily Journal
(Subscription requried) Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey addresses a crowd at a ceremony rededicating the Hall of Justice, which was renovated after being damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Oct 9 Retired Los Angeles Commissioner Edward H. Drayer Dies at 69
Met News
The Long Beach Press-Telegram and Los Cerritos News both reported that Drayer, 69, died last Friday after suffering a massive heart attack.
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