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(Subscription required) Lager said he views his role not as a bench officer who must be convinced but prefers instead to bring up the likelihood of success for each side. Part of that entails highlighting information that likely won’t fly in a trial court.
A new generation of liberal legislators and an old governor — Brown — have been dismantling the tough penal policies of the earlier era, arguing that they disproportionately targeted the poor and the nonwhite and failed to rehabilitate offenders.
The key problem is that SB 10 has no criteria for how risk will be determined. As revised, SB 10 leaves this to each locality and ultimately it gives judges total discretion during the arraignment hearing to decide whether to release an individual and on what conditions.
“We have been looking forward to filling these vacancies for a long time,” explained Judge David Rosenberg, who emceed the event. He commented on the “wonderful turnout,” which included hundreds of attorneys, court staff and members of the public.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I am very grateful for the trust that the Superior Court has placed in me,” Langan told Lake County News on Friday. “It is an honor and a tremendous responsibility.”
A bill introduced yesterday would mandate that Supreme Court justices on the ballot for confirmation or retention prepare a short “statement” for inclusion in the state voter information guide. Court of Appeal justices and superior court candidates would also be required to prepare election statements under the legislation, Assembly Bill 265.
The San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for its Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, the most recent addition in its collaborative programs.
(Subscription required) The Mental Health Diversion law, which went into effect in July, allowed diversion for any suspect with mental illnesses — with the exception of anti-social personality disorders and pedophilia — even those who committed serious or violent felonies.
(Subscription required) One long-term goal may be for the diversity of the attorney population and judiciary to match that of the statewide population though interim objectives still need to be established, according to board chair Jason Lee.
(Subscription required) Longstreth started working as a pro tem judge in the early 1990s and was eventually named to the bench by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010. Before coming to probate, Longstreth spent six years in family law.
The court’s unanimous opinion by Justice Leondra Kruger concludes that, under the pertinent — but not entirely clear — statutory language, “entering an interior room that is objectively identifiable as off-limits to the public with intent to steal therefrom is not shoplifting, but instead remains punishable as burglary.”
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an appeal in Hassell v. Bird, in which the California Supreme Court ruled that the Communication Decency Act provided that interactive websites were immune from liability for defamatory comments posted on the website.
(Subscription required) A Kern County judge has ruled that a new state law barring 14- and 15-year-olds from being tried in adult court is unconstitutional. The order sets up an appellate test of whether SB 1391 interfered with voters' intent when they passed Proposition 57 in 2016.
(Subscription required) Next week, the American Bar Association’s policymaking body will once again consider a resolution requiring 75 percent of a law school’s graduates to pass the bar exam within two years. The revised standard protects students and the public and simplifies the existing standard, according to an ABA memo, but some California schools may have difficulty meeting the benchmark.
(Subscription required) According to the latest Judicial Needs Assessment report, the Riverside County court needs 116 judges to keep up with its caseload. With only 66 judges, 14 commissioners, and one hearing officer, the court is greatly understaffed, despite recently adding four judgeship positions, said Vineyard.
The California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a case challenging VTA’s Measure B from 2016, which means the transit agency is one step closer to getting its hands on the money accumulating from the half-cent sales tax voters approved.
“Because there is no way to now provide a reporter for a trial that has already occurred,” Justice William Dato of Div. One wrote, “we have no choice but to reverse and remand for a new trial at which an official court reporter will be furnished.”
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a San Francisco attorney’s request Tuesday to order Yelp to take down an online denunciation by a former client, leaving intact a California Supreme Court ruling that said the online review company can’t be ordered to remove libelous or offensive content.
Second District Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson, in a formal answer to the nine-count civil complaint filed this month by the state Commission on Judicial Performance, said he would take responsibility for his mistakes, but not for allegations he dubbed untrue.
California’s Legislature in recent years has begun curbing some of the most abusive fines and fees, but what’s missing is a comprehensive look at, and overhaul of, the justice system, with the role of wealth and the impact of poverty in the forefront.
(Subscription required) Rodriguez now heads the county’s first dedicated domestic violence courtroom. It handles all civil domestic violence petitions, which provides continuity of review and decision-making.
Proponents of the reform say it would help reduce racial and economic discrimination they say is inherent in California’s cash bail system. But a referendum effort well surpassed the necessary number of signatures to push the law, Senate Bill 10, to a direct voter decision before it can take effect, state officials certified Wednesday.
A suspicious package prompted the bomb squad and hazmat team to search an Orange County, California, courtroom Thursday afternoon. A deputy and a court employee who were examined were taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.