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2014 California Rules of Court

Rule 4.409. Consideration of criteria

Relevant criteria enumerated in these rules must be considered by the sentencing judge, and will be deemed to have been considered unless the record affirmatively reflects otherwise.

Rule 4.409 amended effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 409 effective July 1, 1977; previously renumbered effective January 1, 2001.

Advisory Committee Comment

Relevant criteria are those applicable to the facts in the record of the case; not all criteria will be relevant to each case. The judge's duty is similar to the duty to consider the probation officer's report. Section 1203.

In deeming the sentencing judge to have considered relevant criteria, the rule applies the presumption of Evidence Code section 664 that official duty has been regularly performed. See People v. Moran (1970) 1 Cal.3d 755 (trial court presumed to have considered referring eligible defendant to California Youth Authority in absence of any showing to the contrary, citing Evidence Code section 664).

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