SAN FRANCISCO—The Supreme Court of California today announced the appointments of four new members and the new chair and vice chair on the committee that assists the court in soliciting and evaluating potential appointees to the State Bar Board of Trustees. The committee will be chaired by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Holly Fujie, formerly the committee’s vice chair.
Judge Kenneth K. So of the Superior Court of San Diego County and Judge George J. Abdallah, Jr. of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County were both reappointed; Commissioner Belinda Handy of the Superior Court of Riverside County was appointed to serve a four-year term.
The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) on Monday advised that an appellate justice had no obligation to disqualify because of a prior professional acquaintanceship with leaders of an association that filed an amicus curiae brief.
A workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system issued a slate of recommendations Tuesday, saying money bail should be replaced by a risk-based assessment and supervision program that determines whether to jail defendants before trial based on their threat to public safety and their likelihood of making a court appearance.
Although the current pass score of 1440 will not be adjusted at this time, the court will consider any appropriate recommendation to revisit the pass score in the next review cycle, or sooner if the court so directs. (See Cal. Rules of Ct., rule 9.6(b), eff. Jan. 1, 2018.)
For more than two decades, the Judicial Council has offered a unique opportunity to students with a keen interest in law, policy, and the administration of justice through the Judicial Fellowship Program.