Hundreds of new laws went into effect Jan. 1, including many that will protect the public and improve access to justice for all Californians.
Statewide investment in self-help services has helped Alameda Superior Court open a second center.
From erasing old marijuana convictions to helping courts weather natural disasters, track the new laws that will change California courts in 2019.
A Q&A with Judge Donna Groman, a 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipient, who overcame a tough childhood to become an advocate for California's at-risk youth.
The budget cuts $200 million from the state court system, though $150 million could be restored if the federal government sends additional aid by the fall.
California courts have resolved 132,879 delinquent infraction and misdemeanor accounts and sent 104,105 requests to the state Department of Motor Vehicles to lift holds on drivers licenses since the traffic amnesty program began in October 2015.
California superior courts received more than 200,000 petitions for resentencing or applications for reclassification during the first 13 months after voters approved Proposition 47.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget on Wednesday that will help restore court services slashed during the recession, fund courthouse projects, and improve access to justice for millions of Californians.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
Every year, nearly 1.2 million people come to self-help centers in California courthouses seeking guidance with civil cases such as divorces, evictions, and restraining orders. While every county court has its own self-help center, nearly a dozen also use JusticeCorps students to help serve users.
In 2018, a number of new laws were created in the hope of expanding the rights of Californians through the court system.
A paralegal in Los Angeles County Superior Court's self-help center receives recognition for her commitment to service.