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May 28 Three strikes resentencing rules vex state Supreme Court
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Californians voted in 2012 to ease the harsh three strikes law, but it's now up to the state Supreme Court to clarify confusion over new resentencing rules.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 28 Solano court officials host outreach event to boost Drug Court program
The Reporter
Judges, members of law enforcement, county officials, nonprofit leaders and more converged on the Solano County Events Center Wednesday to discuss Solano County Superior Court’s Drug Court program.
Related: Drug Court Program
May 27 State Supreme Court hears case on the reach of CEQA for university expansion projects
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that asks how far cash-strapped state agencies must go to pay for the environmental impacts their projects have on surrounding communities.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 27 Court mulls fix for estate uncertainty
Daily Journal
The state Supreme Court appeared poised Tuesday to alter the rulebook when it comes to interpreting wills.
May 27 Company, insurer battle over 1872 law in coverage dispute
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) An underwriter's refusal to pay 2,500 asbestos coverage claims for a company formed in a corporate restructuring had the high court pondering a previously overlooked 1872 statute about assignment of liability.
May 27 Judicial Profile: Robert S. Harrison
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) LA County Commissioner Robert Harrison may ruffle feathers, but he tries to stick closely to the law.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
May 26 Supreme Court should protect consumers, first and foremost
Sacramento Bee
The California Supreme Court, which agreed to review the case, must determine how far the state can go in such instances to enforce consumer protection laws without running afoul of tribes’ immunity. In our view, the state’s responsibility to protect consumers against slick lenders should come first.
May 26 Supreme Court could deal California 'a one-two punch' on redistricting
Los Angeles Times
Next month, the nation's highest court will rule on a case challenging the legality of independent commissions to draw congressional districts. On Tuesday, the court said it would consider whether state and local voting districts should be based on total population or eligible voters.
May 26 Brown Names 74-Year Old, 37-Year Old to Court of Appeal
Met News
The governor named Jones Day attorney Elwood Lui, a septuagenarian who served on the appeals court from 1981-87, to Div. One; Lamar W. Baker, a special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama, to Div. Five; and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John L. Segal, 54, to Div. Seven.
Related: Daily Journal
May 26 In possibly significant case, state high court to mull charities' challenge to man's will
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) By the sound of his will, Irving Duke didn't want his relatives getting any of his money.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 26 Calaveras team seeking justice for vets
Calaveras Enterprise
By midsummer, Calaveras County should have a special court to serve the needs of veterans who run afoul of the law, say leaders in Calaveras County’s criminal justice system.
May 26 Editorial: Who can get access to police files in California?
Los Angeles Times
In California, police officers have a right to keep their personnel files confidential. At the same time, all criminal prosecutors are constitutionally bound to disclose to the defendant any evidence that's reasonably likely to affect a conviction or punishment.
May 23 Tulare County courts to launch DUI, DV courts
Fresno Bee
Tulare County Superior Court is starting both a DUI court and a domestic violence court, making it among the first in the state to create the calendars.
Related: Superior Court of Tulare County
May 23 California governor pitches amnesty on traffic debt for poor
Associated Press
Calling California's traffic court system a "hellhole of desperation" for the poor, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an amnesty program for residents who can't afford to pay off spiraling fines and penalties that have resulted in 4.8 million driver's license suspensions since 2006.
Related: East Bay Express, Manteca Bulletin
May 22 New state high court justices split, allowing death penalty to stand
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) For the second time, Gov. Jerry Brown's appointees to the state Supreme Court failed to present a united front as Justice Leondra R. Kruger voted with a 4-3 majority not to rehear a death appeal.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 22 Supreme Court rejects lawsuit over Sacramento Kings arena
The Sacramento Bee
The California Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit this week challenging the Sacramento Kings arena project on environmental grounds.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 22 Backers of Orange County judge's recall do not have history on their side
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judicial recall campaigns are not uncommon in California, but a successful one hasn't been seen in the state since the 1930s.
May 22 Justice Kitching to Retire From Court of Appeal
Met News
Justice Patti S. Kitching will retire from Div. Three of this district’s Court of Appeal, the MetNews has learned.
Related: Associate Justice Patti S. Kitching, Daily Journal
May 22 Video: Why Do Pro Bono? Hon. Laurie Zelon, California Courts of Appeal
Dailymotion
Justice Laurie Zelon discusses why attorneys should do pro bono work and how it benefits both attorneys and their clients.
Related: Justice Laurie Zelon
May 20 State chief justice says unpaid traffic fines should get day in court
Los Angeles Times
Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.
Related: News Release, LAist, Los Angeles Times
May 21 S.C to Rule on Whether Hospital Workers May Waive Meal Breaks
Met News
The California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to rule on the validity of a state regulation allowing health care workers to waive one of the two meal breaks that they are entitled to when working more than eight hours at a time.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 21 Odds favor O.C. judge in recall effort
Orange County Register
After sentencing a convicted child molester to a 10-year prison sentence – much less than the state’s 25-year minimum for such a crime – Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly is facing an avalanche of criticism and a burgeoning recall effort.
May 21 Judicial Profile: Daniel S. Murphy
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judge Daniel Murphy has presided over cases of wealth, warring families, and life or death.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
May 20 Feds probing alleged voting rights violations involving disabled Californians
Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities are investigating allegations that California and its courts are unlawfully denying voting rights to some intellectually disabled residents, according to documents released Wednesday.
Related: Associated Press, Los Angeles Times
May 20 Traffic trials should be reformed, chief says
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye urged the Judicial Counsel to set a statewide standard to bar courts from demanding up front payment from people contesting a traffic fine.
May 20 State Supreme Court taking closer look at judges' handling of defendants' rights
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) On Monday, the state Supreme Court voided Cross' five year sentence because of the judge's failure to advise the man of his trial rights.
Related: California Supreme Court
May 19 Restoration work to repair windows of historic courthouse in Auburn
Sacramento Bee
Scaffolding will be installed in June outside Placer County’s historic courthouse in Auburn as part of a project to restore and repair the building’s aging windows.
Related: Superior Court of Placer County
May 19 CA Chief Justice Agrees: Traffic Courts Can’t Charge Fees in Advance of Trial
ACLU
The actions being taken by the Chief Justice are welcome, and long overdue. It’s an important step forward in the ongoing effort by the ACLU and others to ensure that all Californians can get their day in court.
Related: News Release
May 19 Beverly Hills Bar Association Event Honors CA Supreme Court Justices in Beverly Hills
Eye Spy LA.com
The Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), in conjunction with the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, hosts the 61st Annual Supreme Court Luncheon honoring the justices of the California Supreme Court.
May 19 Video: CBS2 Investigation Finds 124 California Courthouses Likely To Partially Collapse In An Earthquake
CBS Los Angeles
There is an untold story that jurors like Linda Young are unaware of as they enter the courthouse to perform their civic duties.
May 19 Editorial: Orange County Judge M. Marc Kelly: Recall effort is an injustice
Los Angeles Times
The recall campaign against Judge M. Marc Kelly damages judicial independence.
May 18 State Supreme Court strikes down Sacramento man’s sentencing
Sacramento Bee
The California Supreme Court on Monday struck down the five-year prison sentence of a man who beat the mother of his children because a Sacramento judge failed to advise the defendant that his admission of a prior conviction could result in a more severe penalty.
Related: California Supreme Court, Associated Press
May 18 Los Banos courthouse to break ground in June
Los Banos Enterprise
The groundbreaking for Los Banos’ new courthouse will be June 19, Merced County Superior Court CEO Linda Romero-Soles said.
Related: New Los Banos Courthouse
May 18 Juveniles accused of crimes are presumed competent to stand trial
Associated Press
California's Supreme Court says juveniles accused of crimes are, just like adults, presumed competent to stand trial and have to prove otherwise if they claim incompetence.
May 17 California reforms to cut use of foster care psych meds will cost millions
San Jose Mercury News
California will have to invest millions of dollars to better protect its 63,000 foster children from the excessive use of powerful psychiatric medications in a state where prescribing physicians, caregivers and the courts have long supported the drugging of as many as one in four foster teens.
May 17 Developing PTSD from Jury Duty
The Atlantic
Jurors in the United States are often exposed to horror—and, like those empaneled in the Tsarnaev case, would benefit from access to post-trial counseling and services.
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