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Supreme Court finds Legislature has broadly displaced common law for homeowner construction defect claims

January 18, 2018 | At the Lectern
In McMillin Albany LLC v. Superior Court, the Supreme Court today holds that the 2002 Right to Repair Act is “virtually [the] exclusive remedy not just for economic loss but also for property damage arising from construction defects” in homeowner lawsuits.

Justice Department takes DACA battle directly to Supreme Court

January 18, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump’s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday to allow Trump to abolish a program protecting nearly 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, arguing that a federal appeals court should be bypassed because “time is of the essence.”

Calif.’s Fil-Am chief justice vows to resist ICE arrests in courthouses

January 18, 2018 | Inquirer.net
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye repeated her pledge in a stage conversation with retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Len Edwards, after she addressed educators, professionals, students and guests at the annual Don Edwards lecture series at the San Jose State University (SJSU).

Legislator introduces new bill against bail agents as battle rages

January 18, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, announced SB 898 on Tuesday. It calls on the California Department of Insurance to study the insurers that underwrite bail bonds companies. The pair say such an analysis will show the industry is making inflated profits off of the backs of defendants, who have no choice but to pay.

Lesbian judge joins SF bench

January 18, 2018 | Bay Area Reporter
"I have a passion for justice ... I think I always wanted to return to public service," Caffese told the Bay Area Reporter during a recent interview about her joining the local bench. "I love public service and I love this city. It seemed like the right fit and the right time to do it."

DA seeks ethics rule limiting mention of immigration status in court

January 18, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Gascon argues that individuals being publicly identified as illegally in the country during criminal or civil cases makes others like them less likely to report crimes or serve as witnesses because they fear deportation.

State’s top court refuses to restore firefighters’ award

January 17, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate a San Francisco jury’s $3.7 million damage award to 15 firefighters who claimed age discrimination in the city’s scoring of a 2008 exam on promotions to lieutenant.

State Bar in line to receive $3.5 million surplus

January 17, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) An appellate court justice recently backed the State Bar’s request that he release a $3.5 million surplus from last year to the agency for spending on its attorney discipline system.

Judicial Profile: Fifth District Justice M. Bruce Smith

January 17, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Smith’s wry sense of humor complements what his friends describe as keen emotional intelligence that enables him to quickly gauge a situation and the players involved. It also underscores a humbleness that makes him easy to get along with, said Fresno County Superior Court Judge Mark W. Snauffer.

Opinion: Data due process and no-money bail systems

January 16, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) While the topic of bail reform is not new, the debate is rapidly changing. There is continued movement across the country to implement no-money bail systems. This year, at least a dozen legislatures will consider bail reformers' claims that risk assessment computers can figure out who is dangerous and stays in jail, versus who is safe and set free.

Trump administration to ask high court for review of judge’s DACA order

January 16, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
The Trump administration announced plans Tuesday to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the president’s order abolishing a program that protects nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, bypassing a more liberal appeals court in San Francisco.

After Kozinski Scandal, Federal Judiciary to Review Courthouse Conduct Rules

January 12, 2018 | The Recorder
James Duff, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, on Friday released the names of seven judges and court employees who will make up the Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group, which is charged with looking into the federal judiciary’s safeguards against workplace misbehavior and its disciplinary process.
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Administrative Director Martin Hoshino Speaks to the Council about Judicial Fellowship Program

For more than two decades, the Council has offered the Judicial Fellowship Program to graduate students. In his report to council, Administrative Director Martin Hoshino discusses the benefits of this unique program to council members and staff.

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