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The Trial Court Funding Formula, Explained

July 26, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
Four years ago, court leaders came together with the Judicial Council to create a fairer and more transparent way to distribute budget funds to the state’s 58 trial courts.

Court gives judges more leeway in resentencing

July 26, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A unanimous court ruled that judges could consider the facts underlying charges, even when those charges have been dismissed, when evaluating a Proposition 36 petition for sentence reduction.

Judicial Profile: Lupe Garcia

July 25, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judge Lupe Garcia has seen the legal profession from many angles over her career, experience she applies every day as a family law judge in the Alameda County Superior Court in Hayward.

Supreme Court expands preliminary hearing rights — and mootness doctrine — for parole violations

July 24, 2017 | At the Lectern
In People v. DeLeon, the Supreme Court today holds, as a matter of constitutional law, that parolees are still entitled to a preliminary hearing to assess probable cause of a parole violation, even after 2011 legislation transferred most parole revocation hearings from an administrative board to superior courts.

Judges May Again Accept a Fee for Performing Marriages

July 24, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) updated oral advice to reflect a change in the law change allowing compensation for solemnizing a marriage.

Opinion: It’s high time California reform bail system

July 24, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Money bail — a condition for pretrial release — was originally intended to ensure defendants returned to court for their hearings and to reduce the likelihood that someone released pretrial would cause harm to others.

Opinion: The lies behind Props 47 and 57

July 24, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Prop. 47 advocates called it the “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.” But the act did nothing for neighborhoods except to dramatically increase property crime. It did nothing for schools except for making undelivered promises to increase funding.

Opinion: State Bar bill will benefit us all

July 21, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) On July 17, the State Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously voted in favor of Senate Bill 36, which changes the form and functions of the State Bar of California.
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