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Amnesty Days: Short Term Fixes For Long Term Problems

Amnesty Days: Short Term Fixes For Long Term Problems

April 07, 2019 | Law360
California saw a similar financial benefit when it ran a statewide amnesty program from October 2015 to April 2017. The Judicial Council of California reported that over a quarter of a million cases were resolved via payment plans, creating a $45.1 million windfall.

Maggots, mice fall into California prison dining hall

April 06, 2019 | Associated Press
Maggots and mice have fallen onto inmates’ dining tables at a California state prison where holes in the roof also allow rain and bird droppings to seep through and streak the walls, according to an inmate lawsuit that charges the state isn’t moving fast enough to repair deteriorating prisons.

Draft Opinion Cautions Against Use Of CMS for Judges’ Investigations

April 05, 2019 | Metropolitan News-Enterprise
The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions yesterday said it is seeking public input on its tentative formal opinion which declares that a judge should generally avoid searching the court case management system for information about a party or an attorney or facts relating to a case before the judicial officer.

Opinion: California should eliminate court administrative fees

April 04, 2019 | The Mercury News
California is poised to follow the lead of Alameda County and San Francisco in addressing this issue by passing SB 144, the Families Over Fees Act. The bill would eliminate county-imposed and other criminal administrative fees throughout California, and discharge all related debt.

Court Texting to 4 More California Counties

April 03, 2019 | Government Technology
Uptrust, a startup working to reduce incarceration by helping defendants get to court, is rapidly signing new California counties as customers.

Court rejects preeemption argument against Dynamex decision

April 03, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A federal judge has tossed out a trucking association's lawsuit claiming last year's pivotal Dynamex decision on contractors versus employees is preempted by federal law because it affects the pricing of their services.
California voters will get say on bail system, judges urge reform

California voters will get say on bail system, judges urge reform

April 03, 2019 | Visalia Times-Delta
"In California, we are leading and experiencing reforms driven by best practices, but also pilot projects, court decisions, and legislation,” Cantil-Sakauye said. “This workgroup will help continue progress toward reform that benefits the branch, enhances public safety and promotes equitable treatment of all who come through our criminal justice system.”

Judiciary's Demand for More Money and Judges Greets Newsom

April 02, 2019 | The Recorder
Newsom has barely been in office for three months, but lawmakers and lobbyists are already asking his administration for new judgeships, more money to free up calendars for civil cases and an end to limits on the reserves that courts can keep.

Delay Sought on Ruling Allowing High-Capacity Ammo Magazines

April 02, 2019 | US News & World Report
U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego said Friday that a law that bans possessing, buying or selling any magazines holding more than 10 bullets infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Family Wellness Court Brings Healing to Tribal Families

April 02, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
The Superior Court of Humboldt County and the Yurok Tribal Court formed a new Family Wellness Court to help parents end their substance use—an underlying issue of many child abuse and neglect cases—and ultimately reunite them with their children ensnared in the child welfare system.

Editorial: Two courts have upheld California’s new police misconduct records law. When will it be enforced?

April 02, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
The first major decision with broad impact arrived late on Friday, and the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco made it clear in an order that all existing records must be made available to the public. The order is effective statewide and immediately, unless another appeals court intervenes or the state Supreme Court takes up the case.
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