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Judge rules Northern California wildfire suits to be overseen in San Francisco

January 05, 2018 | The Press Democrat
Pretrial proceedings in nearly 100 lawsuits blaming PG&E for the October wildfires in Northern California should be coordinated in a single court in San Francisco. That’s the order of a judge assigned by the state’s Chief Justice to recommend the best way to handle the flood of litigation arising from fires in Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yuba, Lake and Mendocino counties.
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Opinion: California traffic fines prey on poor

January 08, 2018 | Sacramento Bee
California has among the highest traffic fines and fees in the country – and the steepest consequences for traffic violations are reserved for those who can’t afford the fines and fees. This results in crippling debt for the least fortunate Californians, from whom traffic courts have difficulty collecting any fees at all.

Former LA judge released from probation despite relapse

January 08, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) James A. Bascue, who was disbarred in July, told Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals that he made a mistake last February when he drank a couple of glasses of wine after his son brought a bottle of wine to his home to watch a football game, but he believes he’s stronger because of it.

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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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