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Report raises doubts about dropping license suspensions

March 08, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The state Legislature should "weigh trade-offs" before adopting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed halt of driver's license suspensions for defendants who did not pay traffic tickets, according to a report by the Legislative Analyst's Office.

Editorial: Los Angeles County tiptoes forward on bail reform

March 04, 2017 | Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors should give quick approval Wednesday to a proposal by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to consider overhauling the county’s money bail system. Too bad it’s the only thing about this vital effort that could be done with any urgency.

Editorial: Study expansion of veterans’ treatment courts

March 07, 2017 | Redlands Daily Facts
All too often, American military veterans find themselves struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems — often related to service-related issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.

State Bar to ask law schools for more data about students

March 08, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar plans to ask law schools for more academic data about their students to help it study the declining passage rate on the California bar exam, but the agency and deans hope to keep such information confidential.

Opinion: Fighting implicit bias in the courtroom with virtual reality

March 08, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In the courtroom setting, judges and jurors could participate in a five-minute VR training session before trials. Using just a headset and a pair of motion-tracking handheld devices, a juror could enter a virtual room and physically embody an outgroup member.

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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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