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(Subscription required) Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have allowed state judges to retire early, at age 60, and defer their retirement benefits. This is the second consecutive year a bill to permit judges to retire before age 65 was rejected after passing the Legislature.
Amid an escalating feud with the Trump administration and its aggressive plans to deport immigrants, California also adopted a new law forbidding immigration agents from making civil arrests inside state courthouses. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye last year said the arrests were “disruptive, shortsighted, and counterproductive ... It is damaging to community safety and disrespects the state court system.”
The law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom gives victims of childhood sexual abuse until age 40, or five years from discovery of the abuse, to file civil lawsuits. The previous limit had been 26, or within three years from discovery of the abuse.
(Subscription required) An appeals court ruling against a class of workers claiming a Hollywood hotel impropriety calculated the premium payments of their meal and rest breaks might end up going before the California Supreme Court but not because of the company's policies to round time from their hours worked, experts said Monday.
(Subscription required) AB 5 reaffirms a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling that implements standards for classifying workers as contractors. Desai and De Castro's lawsuit said UberEATS doesn't pass the test for delivery jobs being outside the usual course of company business.
(Subscription required) Los Angeles County is charging probationers more money in fines and fees than they are legally required to pay, while also coercing probationers into waiving their right to an “ability to pay” trial, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of current and former prisoners.
(Subscription required) While some courts reopened Friday as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. began slowly restoring power back to Northern California customers, a fire that broke out in Los Angeles County led to the closure of at least two area courts Friday.
The progressive group Demand Justice on Tuesday pitched 32 lawyers, judges, academics and litigators as would-be U.S. Supreme Court nominees under a Democratic president. The list includes three California Supreme Court justices: Leondra Kruger; Goodwin Liu and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
(Subscription required) Judge Steven Slocum's arraignment courtroom includes the usual cast and crew -- a long list of defendants, his clerk, and the bailiff. But there's one key party that's missing -- attorneys.
Gavin Newsom on Friday toughened California's already strict gun control laws ... The measure restricting purchases, SB 61, prohibits Californians from ... of thousands of felons and people judged by the court to be severely mentally ...
Presiding Judge Denniss Justice Perluss and Judge Hilary Chittick are this year’s recipients of the council’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor given by the state court system’s governing body.
The latest requests — all for pardons — are for Brenda Ibanez, Gabriel Garcia, and Shannon Thomas-Bland. The Governor’s cover letters to the court for the three do not disclose the nature of their multiple felonies. On two prior occasions, he did specify what the prior felonies were.
Siskiyou County Superior Court’s new courthouse construction project is well underway, with a little over a year to go, according to court executive officer Reneé McCanna Crane. The project’s estimated completion date is December of 2020.
(Subscription required) The appellate court reversed and remanded the case back to Los Angeles County Superior Court after ruling the employee-presumptive, three-prong “ABC” test in Dynamex is “retroactively applicable to pending litigation on wage and hour claims.”
“I am signing Senate Bill 176, which would authorize the State Bar of California to collect increased annual membership fees for 2020 and makes various changes regarding the State Bar. It also states the intent of the Legislature that the State Bar be included as part of the annual budget process for the State of California beginning with fiscal year 2021-22.
(Subscription required) The filing was in response to the state high court’s questioning over the representation of convicted murderer James Fayed, who was prosecuted by then-Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson in 2011. Jackson has since joined Fayed’s defense firm, Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP. The firm is now handling the appeal, calling into question a new legal ethics rule.
Cantil-Sakauye will be a major part of the day’s events in another way too, as she will receive the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for the Advancement of Civics Education from the National Center for State Courts.
The 2020 base licensing fees for active California attorneys will increase triple digits, from $123 to $438 under Senate Bill 176 that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law Oct. 9. A license in California will cost $544 after adding a variety of fees.
(Subscription required) The panel suggested in 2015 the bar study the design of a limited license pilot program that would allow nonlawyers to practice law in one agreed-upon subject matter area. The trial program should be constructed in close consultation with the state Supreme Court, the task force said.
(Subscription required) The State Bar received nearly 3,000 comments on the task force's options. The task force is considering all of them as it prepares its final report. Public input is important to solving California's significant justice gap. The challenges are great, and all of us need to work together in good faith to solve them.
(Subscription required) “It’s important for people who come into the courtroom not to feel like they’re just a cog,” Lye said. “With the efficiency bug ever present in my head, I really try to be present for each person who appears in front of me because I know their case is important.”
At Governor Gavin Newsom’s request, the Supreme Court today recommended a sentence commutation for Esdvin Flores and a pardon for Curtis Reynolds. The state constitution required the Governor to get the Supreme Court’s permission because Flores and Reynolds were both convicted of multiple felonies.
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review a case involving a man with five prior DUI convictions who was found guilty of second-degree murder and other charges for a drunken crash on Angeles Forest Highway that killed a Los Angeles County employee.
The “Right to a Jury of Your Peers” law applies to felons who have finished their prison or jail time and are no longer under post-release supervision, including parole and probation. Convicted sex offenders required to register with authorities will remain ineligible for jury pools.