The rotating homeless court, created 29 years ago and the first of its kind in the nation, is held monthly at either Veterans Village or Father Joe’s Village. The proceedings are largely a formality, with an understanding that clients who make it this far will have fines and charges against them dismissed.
During her seven years in office, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, who graduated from UC Davis School of Law Class of 1984, has emerged as one of the country’s leading advocates for equal access to justice, transparency and the independence of the judiciary.
The Third District Court of Appeal in California tossed a criminal conviction in a case where a prosecutor used peremptory strikes on two gay jurors claiming that they'd be biased against a witness—a closeted gay man.
This recall attempt seeks to punish a judge who in the course of his official duties, complied with his sworn oath to follow the law. The independent watchdog agency over judges, the California Commission on Judicial Performance determined in a 12-page written decision that Judge Persky’s sentencing decision was within the parameters set by law and was therefore within the judge’s discretion.
(Subscription required) “When you hear cases, you’ve got to be cognizant of the impact you have on human lives,” McElfresh said. “This applies to judges everywhere, but in a rural setting you’ll see the effects of your rulings.”