Solano County Superior Court Clerk offices shut down at noon Wednesday, and all civil, probate and family law cases slated for today and Friday will be rescheduled, with fire advisories and poor air quality from the North Bay wildfires prompting the shutdown.
Thanks to a 2016 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Solano County Superior Court is one of the Northern California courts that has now agreed to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of traffic offenders that can’t afford to pay their fines.
The settlement of a lawsuit against Solano County Superior Court this week is good news for Californians of limited means who get ticketed for minor traffic violations in that Northern California county.
(Subscription required) After a 36-day trial and more than six years after the suit was filed, one of the most significant cases to be heard by Solano County Superior Court Judge Michael Mattice settled recently.
A coalition of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Northern California superior court over its practice of suspending the driving licenses of people too poor to pay what they call exorbitant fees for minor offenses.
Roughly 206 drug courts serve residents in 53 of California’s 58 counties. By helping people with substance abuse issues repair their lives, drug courts divert those who could otherwise cycle repeatedly through the criminal justice system.