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Judge shortages back up dependency courts

October 20, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) After desperate pleas from court-appointed attorneys for children in dependency, Gov. Jerry Brown increased their annual budget by $22 million — enough to make a dent in crushing caseloads, but $66.2 million less than the Judicial Council has calculated that they need to operate.

Governor vetoes bill to regulate out-of-state transcribing services

October 17, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The Court Reporters Board of California failed in its bid to regulate out-of-state deposition transcribing services. Gov. Jerry Brown wrote that he vetoed a board-backed bill Sunday because of litigation brought by in-state court reporters themselves.

Judicial Elections Reform Bill Signed Into Law

October 06, 2017 | NewsLinks
There will be no judicial candidate on the ballot in next year’s election with a designation such as “Child Molestation Prosecutor,” Supervising Criminal Prosecutor” or “Criminal Gang Prosecutor,” under a bill signed into law yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

State authorizes sale of courthouses

October 02, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The California Judicial Council may now sell a number of closed county courthouses across the state, with Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of Senate Bill 403 announced Friday.

State’s jury selection process gets legislative tweaks

September 29, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) On Tuesday, Brown gave his approval to AB 1541, a bill designed to help attorneys in criminal cases determine if a potential juror has a bias that could influence their decisions.
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