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Jul 21 S.C. Names James Fox, Terrance Flanagan to State Bar Board
Met News
The state Supreme Court Friday named former San Mateo County District Attorney James Fox and Terrance Flanagan, a top aide to two former governors, to the State Bar Board of Trustees.
Related: News Release
Jul 21 Judicial Profile: Dorothy B. Reyes
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Dorothy B. Reyes calls her busy preliminary hearing calendar a 'pressure box,' but she enjoys it.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Jul 18 State OKs railyard as site for courthouse
Sacramento Bee
Efforts to construct a new Sacramento Superior Court building in downtown Sacramento cleared an important hurdle this week.
Related: New Sacramento Criminal Courthouse
Jul 18 State Unwinds Law to Penalize Jurors
The Recorder
(Subscription required) Exhale, web-surfing jurors. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will nix a law threatening jurors with misdemeanor charges if they research a case, or opine about it, online.
Jul 18 New state appellate court justices confirmed
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A longtime federal judge and a high profile proponent of same-sex marriage won unanimous approval from the Commission on Judicial Appointments to serve on the state courts of appeal Thursday, in what are the first new justices to be confirmed in a year and a half.
Related: Met News, Bay Area Reporter
Jul 18 Divorces taking longer to finalize in the state, attorneys and judges say
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As backlogs continue to afflict California superior courts, divorcing couples must now wait half a year or more in some counties before finalizing their split.
Related: InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis
Jul 18 Judicial branch intensifying efforts on court access, technology
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Having failed to secure some much-needed funding increases, California's judiciary is making the best of a bad situation by pushing forward with plans to leverage technology and review how courts can do a better job providing services to the public.
Jul 18 San Bernardino County judge to head Judicial Council committee
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Marsha Slough will take over as head of the California Judicial Council's Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee in September.
Related: News Release
Jul 18 Banning Justice Center won’t open until 2015
Banning Record Gazette
“The courthouse is 85 percent complete; due to construction delays, we expect it to be open to the public at the beginning of 2015,” Manis said.
Related: New Banning Justice Center
Jul 17 Justice Delayed in Santa Barbara
NoozHawk
Santa Barbara County plans to shut down its Juvenile Court near Goleta, close court services in Solvang, and unexpectedly slash nearly $200,000 from its budget this year.
Related: InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis
Jul 17 Opinion: Cuts to state's cash-strapped courts do us all an injustice
Monterey Herald
California courts continue to face significant financial challenges as a result of the fiscal crisis. Last year, California courts were forced to spend approximately $250 million in reserves to augment operational expenses.
Jul 17 Governor appoints 10 new judges across state
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Gov. Jerry Brown's office announced the appointment of 10 new judges across the state Wednesday. The appointees, who are destined for San Diego, Santa Clara, Orange and Contra Costa County superior courts, include seven men and three women consisting of nine Democrats and one Republican.
Related: The Recorder, San Jose Mercury News
Jul 17 California Death Penalty System Ruled Unconstitutional
Bloomberg News
The death penalty system in California, which has more inmates awaiting execution than any other U.S. state, was found by a federal judge to be so plagued by unreasonable and unpredictable delay that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
Related: Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Met News, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Associated Press, CBS Los Angeles, Los Angeles Daily News, US News, KQEDNBC Southern California, Huffington Post, CNN
Jul 17 Judicial Profile: Raymond J. Davilla Jr.
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judge Raymond J. Davilla Jr. enjoys his frequent check-ins with individual drug court defendants.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Clara County
Jul 16 Counties await new realignment funding formula
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Since California counties took over the custody of lower-level offenders in 2011, few have been entirely pleased with the state funds they'd been given to provide services to their burgeoning offender population.
Related: Criminal Justice Realignment
Jul 16 Judicial Profile: Richard D. Huffman
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As chair of the Judicial Council's financial accountability and efficiency committee, Justice Richard D. Huffman said he is doing his best to maneuver through a very unsettled landscape.
Related: Associate Justice Richard D. Huffman
Jul 15 Boosters Line Up for Brown's Appeal Court Picks
The Recorder
(Subscription required) Veteran San Francisco city attorney Therese Stewart has received glowing endorsements in her bid to join the First District Court of Appeal, including a top-notch "exceptionally well qualified" rating from judicial evaluators.
Jul 15 Public art projects in Long Beach, Willowbrook win national award
LA Times
“Murmuration,” by Los Angeles artist Jennifer Steinkamp, is a huge, visually spectacular electronic light display that hangs high in the entrance hall of the new Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach.
Related: Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse, Long Beach
Jul 15 State's high court backs OT for some salespeople
San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court propped up some of California's lower-paid commission salespeople Monday.
Related: California Supreme Court, Met News, The National Law Review
Jul 15 Judicial Profile: C. Don Clay
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay listened attentively while Randy Alana's attorney critiqued the prosecutor's timeline for the slaying of Oakland resident Sandra Coke.
Related: Superior Court of Alameda County
Jul 14 Despite budget doom, some courts to avoid slashing service
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Despite gloomy messages that state courts could crumble without a major funding boost, several large county courts will not be laying off employees, closing courthouses, or reducing services even without one.
Related: InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis
Jul 14 Judicial Profile: Rebecca L. Dugan
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As the longest-serving active judicial officer in Riverside County, Rebecca "Becky" L. Dugan believes she has developed a good understanding of the human condition. Having served in virtually every bench assignment in her 27 years with the court, Dugan says she's seen just about everything.
Related: Superior Court of Riverside County
Jul 13 Courthouse construction taking shape
Hanford Sentinel
A crane towers over the construction site of the new Kings County courthouse in Hanford. With completion scheduled in 2016, the modernistic, four-story building will serve as a visible landmark for miles around.
Related: New Hanford Courthouse
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