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Mar 30 Gov. Brown appoints 12 superior court judges
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday appointed 12 judges to the Alameda, San Francisco, Tulare, Los Angeles and San Diego superior courts.
Related: The Recorder, Met News, Bay City News
Mar 30 Courthouse debate results in letter from city
Mountain Democrat
(Subscription required) The Placerville City Council voted unanimously at the March 24 meeting to send a letter to the California Judicial Council in support of relocating the courthouse within Placerville city limits and requesting assistance with mitigating the anticipated economic impact to the downtown area.
Related: New Placerville Courthouse
Mar 30 Judicial Profile: Michael Cowell
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Having handled serious criminal cases for most of his 37 years as a bench officer, Judge Michael Cowell loves his job, but owns up to a few frustrations.
Related:  Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Mar 28 Editorial: Old Yolo Courthouse has a bright future
Daily Democrat
Here’s a little background on the current (soon to be “old”) Yolo County Courthouse, courtesy of the excellent book “Explore Historic Woodland.” Keep this information in mind as we consider how best to use this historic structure in the future.
Mar 27 Opinion: Out of Debtors' Prison, With Law as the Key
New York Times
You don’t go to jail for walking your dog without a leash, making an illegal left turn or burning leaves without a permit, but in many states you will go to jail if you can’t pay the resulting fees and fines. We have a two-tier system: The rich pay fines. The poor go to jail.
Mar 27 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Arthur Jean to Retire
Met News
The 71-year-old jurist served on the Long Beach Municipal Court from March 1985 to May 1987 and has been a Superior Court judge since then, appointed in each instance by then-Gov. George Deukmejian.
Mar 27 Judicial Profile: Bernard J. Schwartz
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As a criminal defense attorney, Bernard J. Schwartz saw many judges in action, good and bad, all over Southern California, and he's determined to make his courtroom in the Riverside County Hall of Justice the kind of place where he would have liked to try cases.
Related: Superior Court of Riverside County
Mar 26 Galt’s Lake Canyon Elementary School wins state award for civic learning success
Lodi News-Sentinel
For these activities and more, the Galt campus has been recognized as one of just nine campuses in California to receive this year’s Civic Learning Distinction Award.
Related: Chief Justice's Civic Learning Initiative
Mar 26 California loosens Jessica's Law rules on where sex offenders can live
Los Angeles Times
California officials announced Thursday that the state would stop enforcing a key provision of a voter-approved law that prohibits all registered sex offenders from living near schools.
Related: San Francisco Chronicle, Capital Public Radio, Associated Press, Reuters, KCRA, KEYT, Bloomberg, Bay Area News Group
Mar 26 1 in 3 L.A. County youth offenders is re-arrested within year, study finds
Los Angeles Times
It took $400,000 and nearly four years of work to uncover, but experts now know a basic fact about Los Angeles County’s juvenile delinquency system: One-third of probationers are re-arrested within a year of their release.
Mar 26 Justice to retire after more than 30 years on the bench
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After a legal career spanning more than a half-century, Justice Norvell "Fred" Woods of the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division 7, will retire March 31, his 80th birthday.
Related: Associate Justice Fred Woods
Mar 25 Fresno court transitioning to new case system
The Business Journal
Fresno Superior Court will transition to a new electronic case management system between March 30 and April 13.
Related: New Case Management System
Mar 25 Editorial: New Chico courthouse brings life to a concept
Chico Enterprise-Record
The impressive new North Butte County Courthouse opened with great fanfare on Thursday.
Related: New Chico Courthouse
Mar 25 Judicial Profile: Dan T. Oki
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) More than just a veteran bench officer, Dan T. Oki is an advocate for a better-funded, more functional state court system.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Mar 24 New courthouse eyes 2020 opening
Redding Searchlight
(Subscription required) Shasta County may face a tight schedule to open its courthouse by May 2020.
Related: New Redding Courthouse
Mar 24 Audio: How Prop. 47 Could Tank Drug Courts
On a typical day in Judge Matt Anderson’s Newport Beach courtroom, the room is packed — but mostly with visitors. Drug courts attract academics, treatment professionals and journalists curious about its effectiveness.
Mar 24 Judicial Profile: Lillian K. Sing
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As she empaneled a jury at the start of an assault and robbery trial, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Lillian K. Sing asked one woman what she would do if called on to vote right then.
Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County
Mar 23 Video: Foundation interested in saving Dobrowsky House
A historic house in Redding could be saved from the wrecking ball.
Related: New Redding Courthouse
Mar 23 Chief Justice Calls California Courts ‘Innovative’ in Annual Address
California's court system is in stronger financial shape after years of budget cuts, but it needs the Legislature's help — and more funding — to adopt innovative and efficient practices, the state's top judge said Monday.
Related: Chief Justice Speeches, Daily Journal, The Recorder, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, Capital Public Radio
Mar 23 Attorneys, courts mull revising expedited jury trial program
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council hopes that a bill to renew the program, AB 555 by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, "will be a vehicle for consensus legislation to improve" the use of expedited trials, said Dan Pone, a staffer managing talks over ways to modify the program.
Mar 23 Judicial Profile: Charles Koosed
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) "It was kismet." That's how Charles Koosed describes the circumstances that led to his legal career and appointment to the Riverside County Superior Court. It also had to do with lawyers in a small, desert town being kind to a young attorney making his first appearance.
Related: Superior Court of Riverside County
Mar 22 A few historical observations about the Yolo County Courthouse
Daily Democrat
There’s been a lot of social media discussion of late about the new Yolo County Courthouse, which generally falls into the following: The present Courthouse is beautiful and should be preserved; the present Courthouse is perfectly fine and should continue to be used; the $161 million being spent on the new Courthouse should be used for public schools.
Related: New Woodland Courthouse
Mar 21 Yolo supervisors to look at ways to reuse old courthouse
Daily Democrat
As construction wraps up on the new Yolo County Courthouse, questions remain regarding what will happen to the historic building once staff settle into their new home.
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