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Judicial Council to Consider Funding 16 Pretrial Pilot Programs

August 05, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
The projects aim to increase the safe and efficient release of arrestees before trial; and use the least restrictive monitoring practices possible while protecting public safety and ensuring court appearances.

Editorial: Fix bail laws to give judges more discretion with violent offenders

August 04, 2019 | Daily Gazette
The idea behind the elimination of cash bail, one of the state Legislature’s signature criminal justice reforms this year, was to correct the financial inequity in the criminal justice system, in which criminal suspects who could afford bail get released while those who can’t afford even small amounts languish in jail awaiting the disposition of their cases.

Supreme Court Issues Statement Regarding Partial Disclosure of July Bar Exam

July 29, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
"Exercising its oversight responsibilities over matters relating to bar admissions, the court will ensure that there is a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disclosure, and that appropriate steps are taken to protect the integrity of the bar examination and identify and address any consequences."
Opinion: A solution that preserves worker flexibility is needed in gig economy proposals

Opinion: A solution that preserves worker flexibility is needed in gig economy proposals

July 18, 2019 | Daily News
Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled in a lawsuit regarding the status of independent contractors involving a single company, called Dynamex. The Court’s decision changed the definition of an independent contractor across the state by instigating three restrictive factors to determine if a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.

California prosecutors seek new capital punishment cases

July 17, 2019 | KRON4
The State Supreme Court could possibly weigh in on whether prosecutors should keep pursuing death penalty cases while the governor’s moratorium is in effect. Regardless of Governor Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty, prosecutors from across the state continue to seek new capital punishment cases.

Class of 2019: Speaking Up to Create Change

July 15, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
Recent high school graduate and member of the Chief Justice's Power of Democracy committee Marley Fortin shares her experience as a student engaged in civic learning.

Opinion: Proposed reform of California bail system needs more study

July 05, 2019 | Visalia Times-Delta
Non-monetary release programs need to be studied further. This is the first step in understanding whether the cash bail system, the risk assessment system, or some hybrid system is appropriate to ensure public safety while making sure defendants show up to their court hearings.

Opinion: Call Uber and Lyft drivers what they are: employees

July 05, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
Uber and Lyft are not among those close, gray area cases. Their status as employers is really quite clear. And though that designation would reduce their profits, it wouldn’t be a threat to their existence.

Prosecutor suspended for suppressing evidence

July 05, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) San Francisco prosecutor Andrew M. Ganz was suspended by the State Bar this week for 90 days, after negligently suppressing evidence in his first murder case in 2013. In June, the state Supreme Court ordered Ganz suspended for a year, but stayed the punishment in lieu of two years of probation.

Contra Costa County DA Gets Newsom Judicial Appointment

July 04, 2019 | Danville, Patch
"For the first time in our state's history the governor has made the list of advisory committee members public and I applaud the announcement," Becton said. "This brings additional transparency and information not only to judicial applicants but for the public."
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