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State high court declines plea to review judge removal

December 02, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In a rare split vote, the state Supreme Court has declined to review a 2-1 decision from the 4th District Court of Appeal in which the appellate justices had urged the high court to re-examine longstanding case law regarding the right of attorneys to remove judges from cases.

Lawmakers say they will introduce bills to alter bail system

December 01, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) On Monday, the first day of California's new legislative session, lawmakers in both houses said they plan to introduce mirror-image bills that aim to radically alter the state's bail system.

State Bar's practice groups pursue split from agency

December 01, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The sections are frustrated with the bar limiting the type of events they can host, having to comply with the state's open meeting law, and rising overhead costs.

Judicial Profile: Tilisha Martin

December 01, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Going out for coffee on Saturdays is part of Judge Tilisha Martin's weekend routine, but she also uses the outings as a chance to meet with law students and offer them career advice over a cup of Joe.

Court sides with Warriors over proposed Mission Bay arena

November 30, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
The Golden State Warriors’ plan for a new arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when a state appeals court upheld the city’s plan to manage increased traffic congestion and said the project would not impede access to a nearby hospital or damage the environment.

S.F. judge explains why 66,000 arrest warrants were discarded

November 30, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco’s chief judge says he and his colleagues discarded 66,000 arrest warrants issued over five years for so-called quality-of-life crimes, like sleeping on the sidewalk, because it made no sense to lock people up for fines they couldn’t afford.

Defunct Heller Ehrman Opens Fight for Fees Before Calif. High Court

November 30, 2016 | The Recorder
In a brief filed Tuesday in California Supreme Court, a lawyer for the now-defunct firm argued that a dissolved law firm can recover its former partners' hourly fees once they are at a new firm if the fees were earned for a matter that was in progress when the old firm disbanded.

Will Prop 66 Force Jerry Brown to Preside over Executions?

November 30, 2016 | KCET
Although he has served as governor longer than anyone else in California history, Jerry Brown has never been forced to make one of the weightiest decisions governors face: whether to spare a convicted criminal from execution.

Charter challenges appellate ruling to state Supreme Court

November 29, 2016 | San Diego Union-Tribune
A Northern California charter school has turned to the state’s highest court to review and potentially reverse an appellate court ruling that calls into question the legality of hundreds of satellite charter campuses.

SF programs at risk under sanctuary city defunding

November 28, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
President-elect Donald Trump’s threat to cut all federal funding to sanctuary cities could touch just about every facet of San Francisco government — from the airport to the courts to the Public Health Department.

State Bar faces $4.5M funding reduction

November 28, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar says it faces about a $4.5 million funding reduction next year as a result of the state Supreme Court authorizing it to assess lawyers a smaller annual dues amount than the state Legislature has approved in recent years.

Judicial Profile: Ann Park

November 28, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Working a strictly misdemeanor calendar, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann Park says she gets a lot of nervous first-time offenders in her courtroom and she tries to calm them down.

Young man convicted in 2014 murder wants new trial after Prop. 57 passes

November 26, 2016 | San Diego Union Tribune
Until recently, state law allowed prosecuting agencies in California — including the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office — to make those determinations in certain cases without taking the issue to a judge first. It’s a process known as “direct filing.”

State Supreme Court rejects premature challenge to death penalty initiative

November 22, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to stay the enforcement of Proposition 66, which seeks to hasten death penalty appeals with tighter timelines, calling the action unnecessary as election results have yet to be certified.
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