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Shasta Judges Carry Heavy Caseload to Clear Wildfire Backlog

August 07, 2018 | KFBK
The Shasta County court reopened its doors this morning after being closed since July 26. Melissa Fowler-Bradley says there were over 1,300 cases on the calendar this morning—that’s about triple the usual. She added that even though half their judges were evacuated, it was hard to get them to stop working. “Our judges will keep going until they get these calendars done,” she said.

Courts Restart Operations After Wildfire Closures

August 07, 2018 | KFBK
The courts are busy getting to as many cases as possible, but they can’t anticipate who will show up and who won’t. “It’s still very, very difficult for people to get around. You don’t know if people are evacuated or not,” said Shasta County Court Executive Officer Melissa Fowler-Bradley. Courts in Lake and Trinity counties were also closed down in the wake of wildfires, but they have since reopened.

Opinion: Keep ICE out of our courts

August 08, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council of California should adopt the proposed ban on arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at California's courthouses. The proposal by Legal Aid at Work builds on the strong stand taken by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye against the practice of federal immigration officers trolling the state's courthouses to arrest immigrants there for criminal or civil proceedings.

Republicans bundle new judgeships, 9th Circuit breakup plan in one bill

August 08, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Proposals by Republican legislators to add new federal judges would also divide the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in two, leaving California and possibly another mainland state, along with Hawaii, as the only remaining members.
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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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