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State’s top court refuses to restore firefighters’ award

January 17, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate a San Francisco jury’s $3.7 million damage award to 15 firefighters who claimed age discrimination in the city’s scoring of a 2008 exam on promotions to lieutenant.

Calif.’s Fil-Am chief justice vows to resist ICE arrests in courthouses

January 18, 2018 | Inquirer.net
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye repeated her pledge in a stage conversation with retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Len Edwards, after she addressed educators, professionals, students and guests at the annual Don Edwards lecture series at the San Jose State University (SJSU).

Legislator introduces new bill against bail agents as battle rages

January 18, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, announced SB 898 on Tuesday. It calls on the California Department of Insurance to study the insurers that underwrite bail bonds companies. The pair say such an analysis will show the industry is making inflated profits off of the backs of defendants, who have no choice but to pay.
Related: Sacramento Bee

Lesbian judge joins SF bench

January 18, 2018 | Bay Area Reporter
"I have a passion for justice ... I think I always wanted to return to public service," Caffese told the Bay Area Reporter during a recent interview about her joining the local bench. "I love public service and I love this city. It seemed like the right fit and the right time to do it."
Related: Superior Court of San Francisco County

DA seeks ethics rule limiting mention of immigration status in court

January 18, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Gascon argues that individuals being publicly identified as illegally in the country during criminal or civil cases makes others like them less likely to report crimes or serve as witnesses because they fear deportation.

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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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