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Courts are prepared for marijuana defendant petitions

November 14, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) When voters passed Proposition 64, it didn't just legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. It also allowed thousands of people to petition to vacate past marijuana convictions, or to reduce them to what the penalty would be under the new law.

High court takes up Prop. 47 DNA expungement case

November 14, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California's highest court will consider whether state government can retain a juvenile's DNA sample in its criminal database when the juvenile's crime has been downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor.

State Supreme Court rejects rehearing bid on failed regional desal project

November 12, 2016 | Monterey Herald
Agreements at the center of the failed Regional Desalination Project are now officially void after the California Supreme Court denied a bid to review lower court decisions on the issue, setting up a legal battle over who will be held responsible for millions of dollars in damages and legal fees.

Judicial Profile: Mark Bacciarini

November 14, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) "I feel like I'm a good fit for the assignment," Bacciarini said. "My personal philosophy is that for some of these small claims litigants, this may be their only contact with the judicial system. So they need to leave the court feeling as if they've been heard."
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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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