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Court grappling with jury duty no-shows

August 03, 2017 | Record Searchlight
More than 200 Shasta County residents are having a little explaining to do after they failed to show up for jury duty one day last month.

Opinion Analysis: People v. Gutierrez (S224724)

August 03, 2017 | SCOCA Blog
The California Supreme Court’s opinion People v. Gutierrez, People v. Ramos, People v. Enriquez (S224724, hereinafter Gutierrez) issued on June 1, 2017,[1] has gained more than the usual media coverage for a criminal case.

Bail: A fight to remove the price tag

August 02, 2017 | Capitol Weekly
Bail is supposed to make sure that a defendant returns for the court date, although critics say bail merely punishes people for being poor.

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.

Opinion: Details present problem for needed bail system reforms

August 01, 2017 | Orange County Register
There are plenty of problems with the kind of one-party government California now has, with every statewide office in the hands of Democrats, who also hold two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

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.

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.

California seeks solutions to homeless sex offender rate

July 29, 2017 | Press Democrat
California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2½ years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them.

State-funded attorneys for low-income residents have success

July 28, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
State-funded attorneys representing nearly 27,000 low-income Californians have helped many of them avoid eviction and settle disputes over housing and child custody far more often than those facing similar disputes without lawyers, the state Judicial Council reports.
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