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The Superior Court of Humboldt County and the Yurok Tribal Court formed a new Family Wellness Court to help parents end their substance use—an underlying issue of many child abuse and neglect cases—and ultimately reunite them with their children ensnared in the child welfare system.
The Self Help / Family Law Center was established to increase access to justice and assistance to the public by providing comprehensive services, at no cost, to self-represented litigants in Mariposa County.
The jurist declared that “the promise of justice in our death penalty system is a promise that California has been unable to keep,” remarking that voters and legislators must “decide whether California should double down on the current system or chart a new course.”
Transparency and accountability in government is nowhere more important than in law enforcement, where every officer on the street carries the state’s power over life and liberty. That’s why as journalists and as citizens, we take seriously the responsibility to serve the public interest by reporting the public record.
One explanation is that the Chief Justice is drawing a line between two different roles she plays. She might believe it appropriate to comment in general on the death penalty’s efficacy in her capacity as leader of the judicial branch, but not as a Supreme Court justice when deciding a specific case.
Much of the legwork that landed Madison into a relatively secure post-incarceration life was performed by the Los Angeles-based Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS). But the funding for Madison’s transformation materialized as a result of Proposition 47, one facet of extensive criminal reform ballot initiatives passed by California’s voters in recent years.
The law, signed last year by then–Governor Jerry Brown, gives the public access to internal investigations of serious injuries, including shootings, inflicted by law enforcement officers and confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying on duty.
The new self-help center is housed in the Wiley M. Manuel Courthouse in downtown Oakland and is modeled after Hayward’s self-help center. Court staff members include three attorneys, three assistant administrative analysts, and a clerk.
(Subscription required) Justice. It means giving people what they deserve. For stone-cold killers convicted in the justice system, passed through the appeals process and sitting on death row, justice actually is to be executed.
(Subscription required) Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by declaring a moratorium on executions in California and even tweeting out images of the execution chamber being dismantled. Although I was in Sacramento, I missed the announcement. I was in court on one of my death penalty cases.
(Subscription required) As a defense attorney, I’m against the death penalty. But as a private citizen, I’m for it. As a defense attorney, I'm against the death penalty. But as a private citizen, I'm for it.
It’s hard to believe how fast crime by youths has plunged. In 2007, 237,000 Californians under age 18 were arrested for criminal offenses. In 2017, just 56,000, a decline of 76 percent over the decade.
If Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty becomes permanent, we Californians should celebrate the end of a policy that magnified our worst disparities and created the risk of putting an innocent person to death.
Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom, overrode the people when he signed his executive order to halt capital punishment. He declared, “I think we’re better than this,” alongside his fellow democratic constitutional officers and legislators.
As California wrestles with determining who’s a gig worker and who’s an employee, with big implications for benefits and taxes, researchers at UC Berkeley have delved into three industries with a high share of workers classified as independent contractors: trucking, construction and janitorial services.
“There is a protocol of death and an administration of death in the state of California, and it consumes the court’s time, it consumes the criminal justice system, it exhausts the soul and the pocketbook,” Newsom said during a conference call with reporters.
March 20, 2019 | Caravan News, Stockton News in Stockton, California
Presiding Judge Linda L. Lofthus stated, “The court eagerly anticipates Jonathan joining the bench. He has demonstrated his commitment to providing equal justice for all and he brings to the court a wealth of experience and knowledge.”
The Alameda County Superior Court system charges $1 a page, dropping to 50 cents after five pages, to view civil court filings. Don’t know the case number and want to search by party name? That costs $1. The fee per document is capped at $40, but it can certainly add up if you’re in the business of tracking and reporting on civil lawsuits.
Judge Stacy Boulware Eurie of Sacramento, who chairs the sexual harassment workgroup, said Friday they will likely recommend a new rule of court that would address how courts can adopt reporting procedures, promote a standard branch-wide response to complaints, and provide training for court employees and judges.
Though superficially similar, the fragility of American capital punishment today is quite different from its fragility in the early 1970s. The United States is virtually alone among developed democracies in regarding the death penalty as an acceptable moral practice. But Newsom’s moratorium might finally change that.
Appellate judges found no reason to think that Superior Court Judge Charles Treat’s decision that the state’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421, covered past years would be overturned on appeal and dropped the matter. A stay on the release of records will end on March 19 unless the unions appeal to the state Supreme Court.
(Subscription required) Now in his 19th year as an Orange County Superior Court judge, King has a reputation as a no-nonsense, criminal law expert who takes time to analyze everything, explains his decisions in detail and has a knack for long, difficult cases that test the emotions of all involved.
The new building will have five courtrooms and will also include adequately sized jury deliberation rooms, a self-help center, a children’s waiting room, a family court mediation area, attorney interview and witness waiting rooms, enough courtrooms for all judges, and ADA accessibility.