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California justices take rare step of recusing themselves

October 15, 2018 | Associated Press
The justices issued an order Monday recusing themselves from a lawsuit over tens of millions of dollars in back pay and benefits to the state’s judges. The justices have previously all recused themselves only twice in the past 30 years.

State Supreme Court To Take On Long Beach Death Penalty Case

October 12, 2018 | Long Beach Patch
The California Supreme Court is set next month to hear an automatic appeal filed on behalf of one of three men on death row for the December 1998 rape and beating death of a mother of three attacked while walking to a store in Long Beach.

Judge Gary T. Friedman retiring after 35-year career, taking on new role in the downtown courthouse

October 14, 2018 | The Bakersfield Californian
On Oct. 30, Superior Court Judge Gary T. Friedman retires after a 35-year career on the bench marked by a strong moral sense, unflagging commitment to fairness and a soothing courtroom demeanor in which he combined an apparent sincere concern for all parties with a gentle humor that more often than not poked fun at himself.

Chief Justice announces group to address workplace harassment in courts

October 12, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The group will consider new rules of court and policies to increase awareness of impermissible conduct, set reporting requirements, consider additional resources to address complaints, and consider changes to workplace training, according to a news release Thursday from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

Governor appoints 33 new superior court judges

October 12, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Making good on his promise to diversify the California judiciary, Brown appointed 15 women, nine Latinos, and several people from legal specialties that have not traditionally been well represented on the bench. Just nine of the new judges were non-Hispanic white men.

Persky recall leader in legal battle with ex-judge over legal fees

October 12, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Attorneys representing former Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky say that counsel for Michele Dauber, leader of a recall campaign, does not deserve fees for defending against legal challenges to the initiative to oust the judge.

California chief justice wants review of harassment policies

October 11, 2018 | Associated Press
"Institutions and industries across our country, including our judicial branch, have rightfully been focusing on issues of harassment and discrimination in the workplace," she said in a statement Thursday.

New ethics rules for judges unveiled

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The most significant changes may prove to be the ones associated with campaigns. Judges are now barred from soliciting judicial campaign funds from court staff, retired judges, or anyone else for whom a request for donations might appear “coercive.”

Amici curae ask court to guide Legislature in considering bail

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Amici briefs filed with the state Supreme Court Wednesday show widespread desire for the justices to weigh in on the contentious bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August that eliminates money bail.

Bail Industry Fights SB 10

October 10, 2018 | Santa Barbara Independent
“There are still important procedures and crime definitions that must be developed by the state’s Judicial Council and California counties,” said Sheriff Bill Brown, “so to some extent the devil will be in the details.”

New bail law will nix monetary system

October 10, 2018 | San
If the new law goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2019, instead of paying a monetary bond, judges will decide who remains in prison based on how much danger the prisoner potentially poses to the community.

Bar board chairman details his plans during tenure

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As the dust settles on the State Bar’s January reorganization and recovery from several years of scandal, the chair of the State Bar’s Board of Trustees said this is the perfect time to refocus on the bar’s commitment to public protection.

Think sex offenders can't live next to parks and schools? That's not always the case

October 10, 2018 | San Luis Obispo Trubine
Local officials say that while the so-called “2,000-foot rule” is still technically on the books, it’s been unenforceable since 2015, when the state Supreme Court found that the residency requirements as applied evenly to all of California’s convicted sex offenders was unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Amends Code of Judicial Ethics

October 10, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
The Supreme Court of California on Wednesday unanimously adopted a slate of amendments to the California Code of Judicial Ethics, including additions that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression, offer guidance on the use of social media, and allow judges to accept certain nominal gifts.

A Year in Review at the California Supreme Court

October 09, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
A look back at the highlights of the California Supreme Court's 2017-2018 court year, including live webcasts of oral arguments, dealing with a vacant seat on the court, and revisions to the attorney conduct code.
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