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Commission Confirms Appointments to Courts of Appeal

April 17, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, chair of the Commission on Judicial Appointments, announced that the commission today confirmed three appointments by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. to the Courts of Appeal Second Appellate District and Sixth Appellate District.

Community Outreach Meeting on Language Access in California Courts

April 17, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
The Judicial Council’s task force on language access will hold a public meeting on April 24 in Sacramento to listen to community members and report on efforts to increase language access to the courts for limited English proficient (LEP) court users.

Bill to fund judges clears hurdle but faces larger roadblocks

April 18, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A recently introduced bill to fund additional judge positions advanced through a key committee on Tuesday. But if the recent past is any guide, it could have a harder time getting past the Senate and Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto pen.

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

April 17, 2018 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court's 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent.

Bay Area legislator moves to protect immigrants, others in court cases

April 16, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
A Bay Area lawmaker is proposing to allow Californians to file court cases anonymously if they can show that use of their names might expose them to some type of harm. Getting deported, for example. “Given the national climate, many immigrants are extremely hesitant to appear in court or take part in proceedings for fear of deportation,” Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, author of AB2185, said Monday.

Judge helps next generation of African-American attorneys

April 16, 2018 | The Philadelphia Tribune
For the last 27 years, Brodie has teamed up with retired L.A. prosecutor Al Jenkins, a transplant from Harlem, to provide African-American law school graduates free tutoring for the exam. Brodie estimates that he has instructed more than 800 lawyers in the test, which is administered twice a year.

LA judge to teach law students in Albania

April 16, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) He'll be teaching at the University of Aleksander Moisiu in Durres, a port city along the Adriatic Sea as well as the Albanian School of Magistrates in Tirana, the capital.

Opinion: Criminal justice reform is working

April 14, 2018 | Ventura County Star
Proposition 47, for example, has not only reduced the state’s prison and jail populations, it’s also already produced more than $100 million in savings that have been reallocated to crime prevention and public safety programs in local communities across the state.

Group Vows New Rule on Judicial Harassment Disclosures by May

April 13, 2018 | The Recorder
A group appointed by the chief justice to revise California court rules to shed light on sexual harassment settlements involving judges met for the first time in San Francisco on Thursday as its members race to finish their task by May 24.

State Bar’s reports large increase in case backlog

April 13, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar’s backlog of attorney discipline cases rose 23 percent last year, while the number of cases it filed in bar court dropped by 28 percent, according to a draft report the agency released Thursday.

High court sides with landlords, bans Oakland penalty system

April 12, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland’s system of penalizing landlords for bad conditions in their buildings, in which appeals of penalties are reviewed by an appointee of the same city agency that imposed the original penalty, was dealt a final blow by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday in a case that could affect other cities in California.

Justice Dept. Can’t Tie Police Funding to Help on Immigration, Judge Rules

April 12, 2018 | New York Times
The Justice Department cannot require that local police departments help immigration agents in order to receive federal funding, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling is a significant victory for local governments that have opposed the Trump administration’s stance on immigration and vowed to stay out of enforcement efforts.

Wildfire Litigation Spotlights Civil Case Coordination

April 12, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
In the wake of wildfires that devastated parts of California’s Wine Country last October, nearly 100 civil lawsuits were filed against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. alleging the utility had a role in sparking the blaze. The answer to this influx was civil case coordination.
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