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Most county courts oppose proposed standardizing of employee pay statewide

August 29, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A proposal to standardize court employee pay statewide has drawn the ire of 53 superior courts who say mandatory one-size-fits-all salaries would eat into already strapped court budgets, which fluctuate based on annual caseload and appropriations from the governor.

Lawmakers Fight to Reform California Bar

August 29, 2016 | NBC Bay Area
The California State Bar was created to protect consumers from dishonest attorneys, however, a recent state audit accuses the public agency of making "inappropriate financial decisions" that it tried to keep hidden from lawmakers.

Persky reassignment frustrates critics, supporters

August 29, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The reassignment of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who has been under fire since he gave a light sentence to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault, satisfied neither his critics nor his supporters.

As U.S. cuts ties with private prisons, state to keep using them

August 29, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
The Justice Department recently decided to phase out the confinement of federal inmates in private prisons, but tens of thousands of state prisoners — including 10,700 from California — will remain in the corporate-owned institutions that a government report has criticized over safety and security.

New California laws curb overuse of medication on foster children

August 29, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
California children in the nation’s largest foster care system have long had their sadness, frustration and fears blunted with the strongest types of psychotropic drugs — medications with limited approvals for pediatric use that often cause debilitating side effects.

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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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