Effective next month, the San Diego Superior Court will no longer provide official court reporters in family law matters for domestic violence restraining order hearings or "request for order'' hearings of 40 minutes or less, court officials announced Thursday.
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.
A pilot program that funds free legal services for low-income Californians facing critical civil cases drastically increased the likelihood of settlement, improved the longevity of court orders, and reduced court costs, a new study shows.
(Subscription required) “I get a five- to six-day trial estimate; I’ll probably have it done in four,” he said. “I just tell the lawyers when a witness walks off the stand, I want the next one walking on.”
The San Diego Superior Court is expecting at least a $6 million cut to its budget this fiscal year, leading court authorities to reduce staff, consolidate departments and close courtrooms, all of which will reduce public access.
(Subscription required) Assigning essays to juvenile delinquents is par for the course for Judge Roderick Shelton, who tells the young defendants to write about their passion or something that challenges their viewpoint.