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Supreme Court encourages electronic recording of trial court proceedings, requires court reporters for indigent litigants

July 05, 2018 | At the Lectern
The court’s unanimous opinion by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye invalidates as to those litigants a San Diego court policy that, for reasons caused by what the court calls “an extraordinarily difficult budgetary situation,” made the court’s reporters unavailable for most civil trials and required the hiring of private reporters by those wanting a transcript of proceedings.
Related: California Supreme Court Opinion, Oral Argument Webcast, San Diego Union Tribune, ABA Journal, Courthouse News Service, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Daily Journal

Insurance commissioner drops suit over Becerra campaign ads

July 06, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Jones had claimed Becerra violated state campaign law by filming multiple commercials in the 1920s-era Sacramento courtroom used by the 3rd District Court of Appeal and occasionally by the California Supreme Court.

Editorial: It’s time for California to reform the felony-murder rule. Pass SB1437.

July 05, 2018 | Orange County Register
SB1437 reforms existing law by making clear the distinction between individuals who participated in an underlying crime like burglary and robbery, but did not know a murder was to take place and did not participate in the murder, and individuals who chose to take someone’s life in the commission of other crimes or aided in the process.
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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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