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In Starbucks case, California court says workers owed for off-the-clock time

July 26, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
Employers in California must pay their workers for tasks they’re regularly required to perform for a few minutes before or after their regular work hours, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, rejecting a federal standard that allows employers to withhold the additional pay.
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Four justices confirmed to state appellate courts

July 27, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed four state court appellate justices, all of whom received warm praise from longtime colleagues Thursday.

Opinion: Poverty is not a crime

July 27, 2018 | ABA Journal
Every day, courts impose a range of financial obligations on individuals charged with criminal offenses or civil infractions. These can range from fines for low-level offenses like traffic tickets all the way up to fines for felonies. In almost every jurisdiction, there are numerous fees charged for using the justice system.

One woman’s plan to reform a bail system that disadvantages poor defendants

July 25, 2018 | The Christian Science Monitor
Bail was instituted as a way to ensure that a defendant returns to court – to retrieve the money he or she posted. But too often it hasn’t worked that way. So in 2007, Steinberg launched the Bronx Freedom Fund, a revolving nonprofit fund for poor people being held in jail before trial.
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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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