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  • Unlawful detainer cases resume in LA, problems for both sides remain

    Daily Journal
    October 13, 2020
    (Subscription required) Although unlawful detainer trials are able to move forward in Los Angeles County courts after a seven-month moratorium, landlords don't know when they will be able to collect past-due rent and some tenants are worried about becoming homeless, their attorneys say.
  • Time extension on filing civil claims poses new challenges, attorneys say

    Daily Journal
    October 12, 2020
    (Subscription required) If you file something... you need to get an electronic response knowing it was received," Liberty added. She noted Los Angeles County Superior Court has a direct filing system that provides notifications to attorneys, but said in many other counties, "We're having to email three, four, five times every week... every week for weeks, just to get a reservation" for hearing dates.
  • Opinion: Nevada’s eviction ban should sunset to maintain financial health

    Las Vegas Review-Journal
    October 10, 2020

    In tens of thousands of instances all over Nevada, our members and other local landlords are working with tenants to offer manageable payment plans. And we believe judges are capable of separating these cases from those involving tenants who are willfully taking advantage of these trying times.

  • Judicial Profile: Los Angeles County Commissioner Paul Bruguera

    Daily Journal
    October 9, 2020

    (Subscription required) He's married to former Los Angeles County Judge Suzanne Bruguera, who served for nearly 30 years at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

    Related: Los Angeles County Superior Court

  • Why Joe Biden, Kamala Harris are dodging ‘court-packing’ question

    San Francisco Chronicle on
    October 8, 2020

    To Republicans, it’s court-packing and a juicy election issue. To some Democrats, it’s Supreme Court expansion and a topic to be addressed if they retake the White House and the Senate, then see their policy goals thwarted by a conservative court.

    Related: Washington Post

  • Fact check: Does Prop. 25 replace bail with a computer algorithm for California jails?

    Sacramento Bee
    October 8, 2020

    While the pre-trial risk assessment model that weighs whether a person is at risk to re-offend or fail to appear before the court does use computer algorithms, “judicial officers remain the final authority in making pretrial release or detention decisions,” according to the Judicial Branch of California.

  • California bar exam takers say facial recognition software rejected them

    San Francisco Chronicle
    October 8, 2020

    Some nonwhite test takers reported having to shine lights in their faces so that facial recognition software — intended to detect face and body movements that might indicate cheating — would recognize them.

  • State says free rent won’t last forever

    The Acorn
    October 8, 2020

    A statewide renter-protection program for residents who fell behind in their monthly payments expired last month. But action by the California Legislature will ensure that tenants facing a mountain of unpaid rent have until February 2021 to begin paying back their landlords.

  • Jessner Elected Superior Court Assistant Presiding Judge

    Metropolitan News-Enterprise
    October 8, 2020
    “I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead the Los Angeles Superior Court through and beyond these challenging times, and I look forward to working with Judge Taylor to provide equal access to justice.”

    Related: Daily Journal

  • Judicial Profile: San Francisco County Judge Rita Lin

    Daily Journal
    October 8, 2020
    (Subscription required) Judge Rita F. Lin wore an electronic monitor for three days before the pandemic. But it wasn’t because she was in trouble. "I felt like as someone who was putting people on electronic monitoring, I wanted to experience it for myself and see what it was like."

    Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County