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Courts straining to balance public health with public access

June 28, 2020 | Associated Press
The situation in Kern County highlights the challenges courts across the U.S. are facing as they try to balance public health protections with public access to their proceedings amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Will Spotlight On Racial Justice Force More Diverse Juries?

June 28, 2020 | Law 360
In California and New Jersey, pending legislation would bar peremptory challenges — a tool used by prosecutors and defense attorneys to disqualify potential jurors — based on race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

DA Spitzer Denies Attempt To Intimidate OC Judges

June 27, 2020 | City News Service
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, testifying Friday in a hearing on a motion to recuse his office from parole violation hearings for several sex offenders, said he did not mean to intimidate any judges when he criticized the release of the offenders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jury Service Begins for Trials Delayed by COVID-19 Pandemic

June 26, 2020 | California Courts Newsroom
Depending on local health requirements, building configurations, and the amount of jurors needed, superior courts are using a variety of strategies to ensure the courthouse is safe for people reporting for jury duty.

Supreme Court expands DA powers in consumer cases

June 26, 2020 | At the Lectern
The court’s unanimous opinion by Justice Goodwin Liu holds a district attorney can seek not only statewide injunctive relief under California’s unfair competition law, but also “civil penalties for violations occurring outside of the district attorney’s county as well as restitution on behalf of Californians who do not reside in the county.”

Judicial Profile: San Diego County Judge Shereen Charlick

June 26, 2020 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) On weekends, she and her husband volunteer by picking up meals in downtown San Diego arranged by the organization People Assisting the Homeless. Even if lawyers are unaware of the judge's volunteer work, that can-do approach is apparent in her court. She goes out of her way to find workable dispositions, lawyers said.

Are illegal evictions rising in Shasta County economic fallout from COVID-19 pandemic?

June 25, 2020 | Record Searchlight
Evictions have been forbidden in Shasta County since April, under legal provisions put in place by the California State Judicial Council that are tied to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 emergency declaration. Even with the moratorium, the number of illegal evictions and eviction attempts have more than doubled during the past three months, Legal Services of Northern California reports.

State Court Corporate Cases Dip Amid COVID-19

June 25, 2020 | Law360
State court caseloads dropped sharply when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and governments shut down in April and May, although the types of cases that tend to involve corporations saw smaller decreases, according to Lex Machina data released Thursday.

Supreme Court will decide equal protection right to resist testifying in civil commitment proceedings

June 25, 2020 | At the Lectern
The court granted review in Conservatorship of E.B., where the First District, Division Five, Court of Appeal in a published opinion disagreed with their colleagues in Division One regarding whether a prospective conservatee can be forced to testify in a proceeding to determine if they will be subject to an involuntary conservatorship as a gravely disabled person.
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