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Sep 16 Competition for National Civics Program
The Desert Review
Torlakson, as part of his Civic Education Initiative, teamed up with California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye last year to convene a California Task Force on K-12 Civic Learning.
Related: Civic Learning Initiative
Sep 17 Groundbreaking today for new courthouse, Alameda County building in Dublin
Construction work on a new East County Hall of Justice is underway with a formal groundbreaking at 1 p.m. today in Dublin.
Related: New East County Hall of Justice
Sep 17 Santa Barbara County juvenile court closure protested
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Youth advocates are protesting the pending closure of Santa Barbara County Superior Court's Hollister Avenue juvenile courthouse and a plan to move operations to a jury assembly room in a downtown courthouse.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Barbara County
Sep 17 Judicial Profile: Alan H. Friedenthal
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Los Angeles Commissioner Alan Friedenthal is winning praise following a public admonishment.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Sep 16 Video: Dog helps comfort victims, witnesses at courthouse in San Francisco
ABC7 News
San Francisco has a new friend to help witnesses and victims who are uncomfortable in the criminal justice system. He's a professional who has received extensive training.
Sep 16 Commission on future of the courts plans wide-ranging, practical approach
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Unveiling "a nuts and bolts internal review of the California courts," leaders of the state judiciary's new Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of the Courts held their first public meeting Saturday.
Related: News Release
Sep 16 Bar head seeks broad view of public protection
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar should be not merely a regulator but also a smart policymaker, Craig Holden declared in a speech after being sworn in as the new president of the bar on Saturday.
Sep 16 State Bar considers selling SF building, moving from city
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Bar has listed its headquarters for sale, hoping to capitalize on the hot real estate market in San Francisco's South of Market district.
Sep 16 Judicial Profile: James F. Rigali
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Santa Barbara County Judge James Rigali has sought help when in unfamiliar legal territory.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Barbara County
Sep 15 Fresno charter school awarded for civic learning
The Business Journal
Students and staff from the Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (ACEL) were honored over the weekend with the Civic Learning Award of Distinction at the Reagan Library in Southern California. The award, co-sponsored by Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, went to 13 high schools in the state this year to recognize exemplary civic learning and service.
Related: Civics Learning Initiative
Sep 15 Blue ribbon committee for courthouse
Mountain Democrat
(Subscriptions required) At the Sept. 9 meeting, the Placerville City Council voted unanimously to coordinate with El Dorado County to form a blue ribbon committee of city and county stakeholders to explore potential uses for the historic courthouse on Main Street.
Sep 15 County takes first step on future of the courthouse
Mountain Democrat
(Subscription required) One day, perhaps as soon as 2020, the old courthouse on Main Street in Placerville will be vacated by the Superior Court of El Dorado County.
Related: New Placerville Courthouse
Sep 14 Budget cuts force closure of Portola courthouse
Plumas County News
Just four years after it opened, the Plumas-Sierra regional courthouse in Portola is scheduled to close Nov. 3.
Related: Plumas/Sierra Courthouse
Sep 14 Joanne Garvey, respected tax lawyer and women's mentor, dies
San Francisco Chronicle
Veteran Bay Area attorney Joanne Garvey, a pioneer among female lawyers in California, died of cancer Friday at her home in Kensington. She was 79.
Related: Daily Journal, Met News
Sep 12 California Attorney General report reveals racial divide in truancy rate
Associated Press
African-American elementary students in California were chronically truant at nearly four times the rate of all students during the last school year, according to a state report released Friday.
Related: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Summit, About Truancy & School Discipline, UT San Diego
Sep 12 Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on Taxpayer Standing Limits
Met News
The California Supreme Court yesterday agreed to decide whether payment of real property taxes is a mandatory prerequisite to the filing of a taxpayer suit against a local government.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 12 Appellate justices get mixed results at state Supreme Court
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) It was a good year for 2nd District Court of Appeal Justice Patti S. Kitching. The state Supreme Court heard four of her opinions on appeal, affirming every one. In total, the state high court heard 47 non-death and non-State Bar appeals in its 2013-14 term, which ended in August, culling cases from appellate courts around the state.
Sep 12 Judicial Profile: Richard A. Kramer
Daily Journal
 (Subscription required) Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer mused recently that he might not make a more culturally influential decision than his 2005 ruling that held California must recognize same sex marriage.
Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County
Sep 11 Chief Justice of California Addresses UCSD Alumni
East County Magazine
California Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye addressed UCSD alumni at the Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego today. She emphasized the need to teach civics to students.
Related: Civic Learning Initiative
Sep 11 CA chief justice touts local self-help workshop
The Daily Transcript
(Subscription required) California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye had high praise Thursday for San Diego's new civil appellate self-help workshop series.
Related: California Chief Justice, Superior Court of San Diego County
Sep 11 New presiding judge named for Yolo Superior Court
Daily Democrat
The next two top jurists for Yolo County are women, possibly for the first time in the court's history.
Related: Superior Court of Yolo County
Sep 11 Catherine D. Purcell Appointed Presiding Judge of State Bar Court
Met News
Catherine D. Purcell has been appointed presiding judge of the State Bar Court, the court said yesterday.
Related: News Release, Daily Journal
Sep 11 New State Bar president wants mentors for new lawyers
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Craig E. Holden speaks often about the mentors who gave him training and guidance on his way to becoming a successful business litigator. But today, many new lawyers are going into business alone and unaided, "without any benefit of experience, training or mentoring," he said. "When I was young, it wasn't sink or swim."
Sep 11 Retired state judges lose battle over pension benefits
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal brought by a group of retired judges and their heirs who claim they were collectively shortchanged $100 million in pension benefits.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 11 Kuhl, Buckley to Lead Superior Court for Next Two Years
Met News
Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Carolyn Kuhl and Daniel J. Buckley will be the presiding judge and assistant presiding judge of the court in 2015 and 2016, Presiding Judge David Wesley informed the bench yesterday.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Daily Journal
Sep 11 Judicial Profile: Frederick P. Horn
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Lawyers describe Frederick P. Horn as someone who is fair and friendly, who reads their papers, listens to their arguments and doesn't interfere.
Related: Superior Court of Orange County
Sep 10 California Supreme Court to decide who gets to sue government
San Francisco Chronicle
Taking up a Marin County case, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether a 105-year-old California law, allowing taxpayers to file suits challenging state and local government policies, applies to all residents or just to property owners.
Sep 10 Next up: the Cantil-Sakauye high court
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court - identified in a 2008 study as the most influential state supreme court in the nation - is in the process of a major transformation. Assuming Gov. Jerry Brown makes an appointment to Justice Joyce Kennard's presently vacant seat.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 10 Shasta County satellite courthouse to close as cutbacks continue around the state
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Former Shasta County Judge Steven E. Jahr said the Burney closure is “a reflection on how damaging the budget has been to some courts.” Residents of Shasta County will see their last satellite courthouse close this month, leaving just a main facility in Redding to serve litigants who live in the sprawling, hilly region.
Related: Superior Court of Shasta County
Sep 10 Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven Ogden to Retire
Met News
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Steven D. Ogden is retiring this month, the judge said yesterday.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Sep 9 Court hears arguments over gay marriage's impact
Associated Press
A federal appeals court in San Francisco waded again into the debate over the constitutionality of gay marriage, with attorneys for both sides arguing over whether legalizing it would harm children.
Related: The Recorder, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle
Sep 9 Judicial Profile: Sunil R. Kulkarni
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Throughout his legal career, Sunil Kulkarni has had a desire for public service. Now, as a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge, he gets to fulfill that every day of the week.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Clara County
Sep 8 With renovation complete, event marks re-opening of historic Fairfield courthouse
The Reporter
Members of the public are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the newly renovated Old Solano Courthouse next week in Fairfield.
Related: Old Solano Courthouse Renovation
Sep 8 Truancy court convenes in Solano County
Daily Republic
A Solano County Superior Court judge convened a session of the parent truancy court. The court’s second session of the special judicial proceeding brings together the resources of the court, the District Attorney’s Office and the Solano County Office of Education.
Related: Superior Court of Solano County
Sep 8 Sutter County Courthouse progresses
The new Sutter County Courthouse is slowly starting to take shape, opening up the existing courthouse facilities on Second Street and paving the way for a possible reorganization of county departments.
Related: New Yuba City Courthouse
Sep 7 Viewpoints: California Supreme Court’s Prop. 49 ruling shows arrogance
Sacramento Bee
The relationship between the California Supreme Court and the other branches of state government has seen better days. Justices who wonder why might recall the “respect for others” lesson taught in kindergarten.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 6 California's newest state Supreme Court justice discusses his rise
San Jose Mercury News
Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar made his recent confirmation to the California Supreme Court look easy.
Related: News Release
Sep 5 State Bar to hold annual convention in SD next week
Daily Transcript
(Subscription required) Speeches by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, as well as a historical re-enactment by members of the California Supreme Court will highlight the State Bar of California's 87th annual meeting Sept. 11 to 14 at the San Diego Grand Hyatt.
Sep 5 Judicial Profile: David L. Haet
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Commissioner David Haet has spent nearly a quarter century on the Solano County bench. But he almost didn't go into law at all.
Related: Superior Court of Solano County
Sep 4 Courthouse construction crew uses drone for video
Turner Construction, which is building Stockton's new courthouse, flies a camera-equipped drone over the worksite every several days.
Related: New Stockton Courthouse
Sep 4 The 2014 Court Statistics Report documents continued decline in Supreme Court filings
At the Lectern
As we noted here, the Judicial Council recently issued its 2014 Court Statistics Report, with detailed statistics on caseload trends at all levels of the judicial branch.
Related: News Release
Sep 4 Opinion: Healthy court systems are born from sound civics education
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In California, like virtually every other state, we are dealing with a catastrophic court funding shortfall that has resulted in the denial of access to justice for thousands, if not millions, of our citizens.
Related: InFocus: Judicial Branch Budget Crisis
Sep 4 The California Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term: A few surprises
California Bar Journal
The law is full of surprises. Just when you think you have an area of law completely figured out, a new piece of legislation is enacted or interpreted in unusual ways, old law applied to new fact patterns may produce novel results or a court may simply strike out in a new direction. The California Supreme Court’s 2013-2014 term gives us a number of these surprises.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 4 Video: Youth advocates call on schools to reduce student suspensions
As the new school year starts, there's a new push by youth advocates in San Francisco to get school districts to avoid suspending disruptive students, arguing that suspensions are often a pipeline to prison.
Related: Truancy and School Discipline
Sep 4 Services Set for Sept. 14 for Justice Walter Croskey
Met News
Services have been scheduled for Sept. 14 for Court of Appeal Justice H. Walter Croskey, who died last Friday at the age of 81.
Sep 3 State judges pick a new executive
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) State judicial leaders on Tuesday selected an executive branch official who's reportedly respected within Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to head their oft-criticized bureaucracy. The move could show the branch's desire to increase the trust of the Brown administration, which wields enormous power over the judicial branch's ability to obtain funding increases.
Sep 3 State high court speaks with one voice on State Bar issues, less so on others
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court started its 2012-13 term with a blockbuster case: whether an undocumented immigrant could be admitted to the State Bar.
Related: California Supreme Court
Sep 3 Officials Getting Creative with Court Renovations Needed for Large Santa Maria Trial
Parker’s creativity is needed again as Santa Maria court officials are handling the logistics and preparing for the seven-defendant trial in the slaying of Anthony Ibarra last year in Santa Maria.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Barbara County
Sep 3 Judicial Profile: H. Elizabeth Harris
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Totaling hours, ticking boxes, tallying fines. These are Commissioner H. Elizabeth Harris' principal duties during a morning session in her courtroom at downtown L.A.'s Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Sep 2 New state court director comes from prison system
San Francisco Chronicle
A high-ranking official in the state prison system is the new chief administrator of the California courts.
Related: News Release, Imperial Valley News, Bay City News
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