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California is a sue-happy goldmine

October 07, 2017 | The Orange County Registers
Security officers are seen outside the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ... These days, California is known as much for its great weather and nice ...

Governor Brown Signs Bill to Make California a Sanctuary State

October 06, 2017 | New American
Governor Brown Signs Bill to Make California a Sanctuary State ... California's unapologetically ultra-liberal governor, Jerry Brown, signed SB 54, also known .... to be fought, appealed, and re-appealed though various federal courts.

Judicial Elections Reform Bill Signed Into Law

October 06, 2017 | Met News
There will be no judicial candidate on the ballot in next year’s election with a designation such as “Child Molestation Prosecutor,” Supervising Criminal Prosecutor” or “Criminal Gang Prosecutor,” under a bill signed into law yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Whither Proposition 13?

October 04, 2017 | Pacific Standard
In the coming weeks, the California Supreme Court is expected to weigh in on a case that could determine the course of tax policy in the state for years to come.

Governor signs bill allowing bar to move funds from lawyers’ aid program

October 04, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law allows the agency to transfer excess funds from its Lawyer Assistance Program to its Client Security Fund, a maneuver the bar made last year before reversing course after criticism from officials in Sacramento.

Supreme Court set for historic new term

October 02, 2017 | The Hill
The Supreme Court is beginning a new term on Monday with a blockbuster docket of cases touching on civil rights, free speech, presidential power, redistricting and privacy rights.

State authorizes sale of courthouses

October 02, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Judicial Council may now sell a number of closed county courthouses across the state, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 403 announced Friday.

State’s jury selection process gets legislative tweaks

September 29, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) On Tuesday, Brown gave his approval to AB 1541, a bill designed to help attorneys in criminal cases determine if a potential juror has a bias that could influence their decisions.
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