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Opinion: Prop 57 may leave victims feeling abandoned

July 26, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California loves to experiment with itself. This November, California voters will be presented yet another opportunity to make fundamental changes to its criminal justice system.

State Bar Board Elects James Fox President

July 25, 2016 | Met News
Fox will be its 46th president, succeeding David Pasternak Oct. 1. Fox will be succeeded as vice president by Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, and Jason Lee of Los Angeles, an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission, will be treasurer.

Infraction fines and fees major topic at courts' future session

July 25, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) At the Commission on the Future of California's Court System's public comment session Friday, the topic that brought up more speakers than any other was potential shifts to fines and fees for infractions.

$60 million South County courthouse now a virtual ghost town

July 25, 2016 | San Jose Mercury News
For more than two decades, residents of south Santa Clara County were promised a local courthouse, so they wouldn't have to drive 45 minutes north to deal with traffic tickets and other legal problems.

Court Futures Commission holding public comment session

July 22, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Commission on the Future of California's Court System is holding a public comment session today to discuss establishing a consolidated juvenile court, implementing a statewide mediation process in family courts, and restructuring criminal fines and fees.

Bar Task Force Concedes It Needs Fixing

July 22, 2016 | The Recorder
A draft report released by a California State Bar task force Thursday concluded that the organization is hamstrung by ineffective governance and struggles to effectively protect the public from bad lawyers. But it shied away from proposing drastic reforms like splitting the bar in two.

City asks Supreme Court to review stadium measure

July 20, 2016 | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith sent a letter Wednesday to the California Supreme Court seeking its help in settling the question of whether a two-thirds majority is needed to pass two November ballot initiatives related to a Chargers stadium and downtown convention center annex.

S.C. Upholds Death Sentences in Three Murders

July 19, 2016 | Met News
A capital defendant’s proclivity for threats and violence justified the trial judge’s use of extraordinary security measures throughout the trial, including requiring him to wear a belt that would have permitted a bailiff to deliver a disabling jolt of electricity, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.
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