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Judge shortages back up dependency courts

October 20, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After desperate pleas from court-appointed attorneys for children in dependency, Gov. Jerry Brown increased their annual budget by $22 million — enough to make a dent in crushing caseloads, but $66.2 million less than the Judicial Council has calculated that they need to operate.

California Supreme Court justice stops by Loyola Law

October 20, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California Supreme Court associate justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar fielded an hour’s worth of lunchtime questions on Tuesday with Loyola Law School, Los Angeles dean Michael Waterstone during a standing-room-only event at the school’s downtown Robinson Courtroom.

Sonoma County courts to reopen Monday

October 18, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As smoke lingers in the Santa Rosa air due to the ongoing Northern California fires, the Sonoma County courts will remain closed for the rest of the week with plans to reopen Monday.

Opinion: Passing the Bar

October 18, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The current discussion about whether to lower the passing score on the California bar examination to match that of other states raises questions about how much bearing the exam has on determining who will be a good lawyer and what is the future of the legal profession in California.

Costs of money bail to justice

October 17, 2017 | Harvard Law Review Blog
With roughly 90% of all court cases litigated in state court justice systems, judicial branch leadership in every state is taking the need for rethinking and reform seriously.

Sonoma County courts remain closed due to safety concerns

October 17, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Even though thousands of residents are returning to their homes after the wildfires, Sonoma County courts will remain closed until at least Wednesday due to mandatory evacuation. “We need to make certain that the health and safety of the public and court staff is protected before allowing court business to continue,” said Acting Presiding Judge Gary Nadler in a statement.

Youth Incarceration Policy in the United States, Explained

October 17, 2017 | Teen Vogue
Across the country, leaders from both political parties are finding common ground and the political will to prioritize rehabilitation, redemption, and second chances for young people. Twenty states have now banned the practice of sending children to prison for life without the possibility for parole.

Governor vetoes bill to regulate out-of-state transcribing services

October 17, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Court Reporters Board of California failed in its bid to regulate out-of-state deposition transcribing services. Gov. Jerry Brown wrote that he vetoed a board-backed bill Sunday because of litigation brought by in-state court reporters themselves.

Bar committee rejects blue-ribbon panel proposal to study exam

October 16, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Committee of Bar Examiners on Friday rejected a proposal to ask the state Supreme Court to establish a blue ribbon commission that would evaluate the content, format and design of the bar exam.
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