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Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy Changes

March 24, 2016 | East Bay Express
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLC) announced this week that a coalition of legal organizations submitted a notice to a Bay Area court, demanding changes in the driver’s license suspension policy for people who cannot afford to pay exorbitant traffic fines.

DAs fire back at Brown's Supreme Court appeal

March 25, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Lawyers for the California District Attorneys Association have filed a response to Gov. Jerry Brown's emergency appeal to the state Supreme Court, arguing that Brown's sentencing reform measure is unlikely to gather the needed signatures to place it on the November ballot, rendering the appeal moot.

Opinion: Two-day bar exam: still irrelevant

March 25, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Effective for the July 2017 administration, the California bar exam will no longer be a three-day ordeal, but a two-day exam.

Judicial Profile: Thomas Griego

March 25, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) During his first year handling misdemeanors in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Thomas Griego has been criticized by some attorneys for being unfamiliar with criminal law and procedure, including visiting a crime scene between verdict and sentence, and delaying final rulings on objections until they are moot.
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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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