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State Auditor Finds Temp Judge Program Reboot OK

April 09, 2019 | Courthouse News Service
The state auditor seemed satisfied with the overhaul, but suggested the council reassess the program again by the end of June, paying particular attention to its allocation of judges and assigned judges program funding to courts with “surplus judges.”

Retired Judges Grumble at Assignment Program Reforms, as Audit Raises Questions

April 10, 2019 | The Recorder
Hoshino said branch executives agree with the auditor’s recommendations, “particularly the recommendation to review the trial courts’ compliance with the recent program changes. The presiding judges in each of our state’s 58 superior courts are key partners in the program and we will be following up with them, as the auditor recommends.”

New state law could raise burden for employers, attorneys say

April 10, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Recent changes to the stated intent of California's discrimination statute could signal a higher bar for defending claims and further divergence between state and federal practices, attorneys say.

State Bar argues in support of mandatory bar dues

April 10, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Requiring lawyers to pay bar fees to practice is constitutional and necessary to fund attorney discipline, the State Bar argued in a First Amendment case threatening mandatory bar membership in 37 states.

What Should Replace Cash Bail?

April 09, 2019 | Pacific Standard
A California bill replaces cash bail with risk-assessment algorithms, which critics argue will perpetuate the pre-trial detention of minority and low-income defendants.

Opinion: Working together to help foster and homeless students succeed

April 10, 2019 | Orange County Register
During the 2018-19 school year, California officially reported 33,563 foster youth attended public schools—0.5% of all California students. Another 207,677 students were officially identified as homeless—3.4% of all California students. In Orange County alone, there were 1,639 foster and 25,418 homeless youth.
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