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Judicial Council allocates budget, isn’t happy about it

August 01, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council allocated the $1.85 billion the governor approved for the courts for the coming year and signed off on a 2018-19 Budget Change Proposal it hopes will highlight what it says are its chronic funding shortages.

Supreme Court says affirmative defense isn’t an action or proceeding for attorney fee purposes, but a 4-3 majority awards fees anyway

July 31, 2017 | At the Lectern
In Mountain Air Enterprises, LLC v. Sundowner Towers, LLC, the Supreme Court today holds a contract provision for attorney fees in a “legal action or any other proceeding” to enforce the contract does not permit an attorney fee award when the contract is raised as an affirmative defense rather than in a cross-complaint.
Related: California Supreme Court Opinion

Editorial: State must follow high court decision on juvenile lifers

July 31, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
In past decades, when California was in thrall to the belief that being “tough on crime” always worked, it was not unusual for teenage children who committed serious crimes to receive life sentences without the possibility for parole.

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A primer on how the council is making local court funding more equitable across the state (2:53). 

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