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  • Judicial Council to Consider Allocating $25 Million to Address Case Delays Due to COVID-19

    California Courts Newsroom
    January 19, 2021
    The Judicial Council at its Jan. 22 meeting will consider a plan to distribute the second half of the one-time $50 million included in the 2020 Budget Act to help address case delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • After LA Court Reports COVID-19 Deaths, New Questions From Lawyers

    The Recorder
    January 19, 2021

    Los Angeles court leaders, like those in other counties, have grappled with how to minimize the spread of the virus while keeping essential proceedings moving in the country's largest trial court system.

  • Justice delayed: Courts overwhelmed by pandemic backlog

    January 19, 2021
    From child support to insurance fraud, court cases are delayed throughout California. Only half as many civil and criminal cases were resolved last summer compared with pre-pandemic numbers. “Justice has not shut down. Justice has slowed down,” according to an attorneys’ group.
  • Opinion: Bye bye bar exam?

    Daily Journal
    January 19, 2021
    (Subscription required) The California bar exam appears to be on the way out. It's become much easier to answer, and the pass score has been reduced. Its main purpose -- protecting the public -- has been undermined to the point where one wonders why we should continue going to the expense and trouble of requiring candidates to take it.