Newslinks for 8-6-18

Interpreters to be provided free in most civil cases

August 06, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The governor and the Legislature have increased funding by $15 million over the past five years to allow for more interpreters in civil proceedings, and now 51 of 58 trial courts, roughly 90 percent, provide interpreters in critical civil cases, such as evictions and custody hearings. Only nine courts provided interpreters for such cases in 2015, according to the report.
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Americans are hungry for bipartisan pretrial justice reform

August 02, 2018 | The Hill
Today, more than six in 10 people in U.S. jails—about a half million people on any day—have not been convicted of a crime. Ninety percent of these individuals, who mostly face low-level charges like Preston’s, are jailed simply because they cannot afford to post cash bond.

Opinion: Momentum Grows in Movement to Eliminate Cash Bail

August 03, 2018 | Nonprofit Quarterly
The trouble with cash bail starts when it is set at a level that the arrested person cannot afford. If the jailed cannot post bail, they are held until their court date, which can take months.

Opinion: Delay in our Courts of Appeal

August 06, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) One of the most frequent subjects of discussion in recent years for those of us who write often about appellate decision-making is the subject of delay. Appeals take too long, people argue; there should be a time limit within which an appeal must be decided.
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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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