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  • California Ethics Panel Tells Judges To Be Careful Using CMS

    September 21, 2021

    (Subscription required) Searching through a CMS is often necessary for judges, but the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions weighed in on whether such a search could put a judge at risk of violating the California Code of Judicial Ethics. The panel said there are instances in which a CMS search might generate some facts about a case that could make a judge appear biased.

  • S.F.'s plan to extend eviction moratorium through end of 2021 foiled by state law

    San Francisco Chronicle
    September 21, 2021

    In June, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to protect against evictions through Dec. 31 for nonpayment of rent due to the pandemic for tenants who have paid a quarter of their rent. Less than a week later, the state passed a law extending its own moratorium until Sept. 30, cutting short the local timeline.

  • Ethics Committee Adopts Opinion About Judges Using Court Case Management Systems

    California Courts Newsroom
    September 21, 2021

    The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) adopted a final opinion after twice considering public comments about whether judges may search their court’s electronic case management system (CMS) for information regarding a party, attorney, or facts relevant to the matter before the judge.

  • “My Human Rights are Being Violated”: Fighting A Family Conservatorship

    September 20, 2021

    Family guardianship is especially common among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Although it is meant as a last resort, many parents of children with disabilities seek guardianship as soon as they turn 18, often because schools present it as the only way to ensure their care.