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This duty is an honor

March 25, 2016 | Press Enterprise
The California Supreme Court chief justice did her one-day, one-trial service on Wednesday in Sacramento County Superior Court.

Opinion: Prop 47 is not raising crime rates

March 24, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
Prop. 47 did not take away law enforcement’s ability to hold offenders accountable. Law enforcement can still arrest, detain and jail for up to a year someone convicted of a misdemeanor.

Opinion: Traffic courts don't have a license to discriminate

March 28, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Last year, in a meeting that Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye called "historic," the Judicial Council unanimously adopted a rule to stop the unconstitutional practice of barring people from contesting their traffic citations until they had paid for the citation in full.

A Supreme Court Pioneer, Now Making Her Mark on Video Games

March 27, 2016 | New York Times
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who turned 86 on Saturday, has many achievements to her name, including serving as a state senator in Arizona and becoming the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, where she served for almost a quarter-century. Now she can add an accomplishment for the digital era: video game impresario.

New trial ordered because black juror improperly excused

March 28, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The 5th District Court of Appeal has overturned a 12-year prison sentence and ordered a new trial for a criminal defendant after deciding that a trial court judge improperly excused an African American woman as a potential juror.

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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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