Hundreds of new laws went into effect Jan. 1, including many that will protect the public and improve access to justice for all Californians.
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.
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.
In 2018, a number of new laws were created in the hope of expanding the rights of Californians through the court system.