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Nov 24 Jurisdiction key in state high court feud
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California's future in mass tort litigation is under scrutiny as the state Supreme Court considers whether and to what extent out-of-state plaintiffs can join California residents in claims against a corporate defendant.
Nov 23 Bar Exam Pass Rate Hits 30-Year Low
The Recorder
The pass rate for July takers of the California Bar Exam fell to 46.6 percent, a 30-year low, according to figures released over the weekend.
Nov 24 Judicial Profile: Debra Kazanjian
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Superior Court Judge Debra Kazanjian finds that her 19 years of family law practice, leadership in community organizations and forensics training have come together to make Fresno County probate court "a delight."
Related: Superior Court of Fresno County
Nov 23 County Leaders Show Support for New Approach to Juvenile Justice
Voice of OC
Orange County government leaders are lending their support to a statewide movement to change the way society approaches children and teenagers who commit crimes.
Related: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Summit
Nov 23 Finally, Good News on the School to Prison Pipeline
New America Media
Studies show that the vast majority of youth in the juvenile justice system were suspended from school before winding up incarcerated or on probation.
Nov 23 State Bar board moves ahead with ethics rule for prosecutors
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California has moved one step closer to joining the other 49 states in having a rule that places an ethical obligation on criminal prosecutors to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense.
Nov 23 State Bar's Parker backtracks on supporting Kim for second term
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After enthusiastically lobbying controversial Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim to seek a second four-year term, State Bar Executive Director Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker said Friday she has not decided whether she will nominate Kim after all.
Nov 22 Video: State may vote again next November on death penalty ban
San Francisco Chronicle
Californians may be asked again to repeal the state’s delay-plagued death-penalty law in November, four years after narrowly retaining the law.
Related: Press Enterprise
Nov 20 Bill seen as first step to juvenile filing reform
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In October, the state Legislature passed a bill that clarified the criteria under which juveniles can be considered fit for adult court.
Nov 20 Opinion: Prop. 47 succeeding, despite misinformation
Orange County Register
One year after the passage of Proposition 47, a couple of things are clear. The initiative, which reclassified many low-level drug and property offenses from felonies to misdemeanors, has given the state an important opportunity.
Nov 19 State Court Leaders Eyeing Centralized HR
The Recorder
Members of a judicial commission appointed by the chief justice are considering a proposal to shift personnel duties from trial courts to the Judicial Council, according to a judges organization and an employee labor group lobbyist.
Nov 19 Crane to lift cooling units onto Ukiah courthouse Saturday
Ukiah Daily Journal
A block of School Street behind the Mendocino County Courthouse will be closed Saturday morning to allow a crane to lift new “chillers” into the building.
Related: New Ukiah Courthouse
Nov 19 High Court Turns Down Deputies’ Union Case Against Publication
Met News
The California Supreme Court yesterday denied review of a Court of Appeal decision rejecting an effort to block a newspaper from publishing information on the backgrounds of certain Los Angeles deputy sheriffs.
Nov 19 Judicial Profile: Paul M. Marigonda
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Santa Cruz County Judge Paul Marigonda keeps open communication to resolve cases quickly.
Related: Superior Court of Santa Cruz County
Nov 18 Brown Names 25 Judges, Seven in Los Angeles
Met News
Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday named 25 people to serve as superior court judges, including seven who will serve on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Related: The Recorder, Daily Journal, ABC30, Fresno Bee, Imperial Valley News, Law360
Nov 18 Opinion: Death penalty appeals system can and should change
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Several troubling issues arose when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court decision invalidating the California death penalty in Jones v. Davis, 2015 DJDAR 12262 (Nov. 12, 2015).
Related: Orange County Register
Nov 18 State Bar dismisses manager who filed whistleblower complaint
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar manager who recently filed a 40-page internal whistleblower complaint alleging misconduct by controversial Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim and a multitude of problems in the attorney discipline unit was dismissed late Monday.
Nov 18 Judicial Profile: Hector E. Gutierrez
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Better time management sounds like a straightforward goal. But it's something of a dilemma for Gutierrez, who lists "showing my human side, and not appearing to folks like you're a robot" as his second biggest priority.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Nov 17 Rules about fighting traffic tickets raise questions
Hanford Sentinel
If you’ve tried to contest a traffic citation in Kings County recently, that may still be the case, despite a change in state law.
Nov 17 State Bar union ratchets up critiques of Kim
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Leaders of the State Bar employees' union have ratcheted up their efforts to derail the potential reappointment of Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim.
Nov 17 Judicial Profile: Donald Black
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) When he was fairly new to the bench Judge Donald Black was commended by the 5th District Court of Appeal for his handling of a habeas corpus, in which he ordered a new trial for the defendant in a child molestation case because of juror misconduct.
Related: Superior Court of Fresno County
Nov 16 Judicial Profile: Judge Anne-Christine Massullo
The Recorder
Judge Anne-Christine Massullo, a former federal prosecutor appointed to the bench in 2006, has served as supervising judge of San Francisco's Unified Family Court since January.
Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County
Nov 16 Ethics panel gives judges the OK to work with Boy Scouts again
San Francisco Chronicle
A state judicial ethics panel says judges in California can work with Boy Scout troops now that the youth organization has rescinded its long-standing ban on gays and lesbians as Scout leaders.
Related: Law360
Nov 16 Boy Scouts ethics opinion provide some clarity to judges
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California judges are no longer barred from volunteeering with the Boy Scouts of America following a policy change by the service organziation eliminating discriminatory policies towards gays on the national level.
Nov 16 Fate of State Bar chief trial counsel in doubt
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A week before the State Bar Board of Trustees meeting Friday, Executive Director Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker had not placed the reappointment of controversial Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim on the agenda as expected.
Nov 14 A frenzied start for state's traffic ticket amnesty program
Los Angeles Times
Heavy equipment mechanic Fredrick Jefferson said he learned that his driver’s license had been revoked due to unpaid traffic fines when a supervisor fired him.
Related: Traffic/Infraction Amnesty
Nov 13 High-rise justice
San Diego Union Tribune
The new $555.5 million, 22-story state courthouse, just over a year away from completion, is taking shape at State and C streets in downtown San Diego.
Related: New San Diego Central Courthouse
Nov 13 Editorial: California’s Prison Experiment
New York Times
What happens when you release thousands of prison inmates before the end of their sentences?
Related: NBC 7 San Diego
Nov 13 Chief Justice Names New Co-Chair of Tribal Court, State Court Forum
Met News
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye yesterday named Abby Abinanti as the new co-chair of the Judicial Council’s Tribal Court-State Court Forum.
Related: News ReleaseNative News online, Law360
Nov 13 Judicial Profile: Andrea C. Thompson
Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As she completes her third year on the Los Angeles County Superior Court bench, Judge Andrea C. Thompson said she is slowly gaining fluency as an officer of the court.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County
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