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In 2020, California courts processed 20 percent more adoptions thanks to a mix of remote proceedings, stipulated orders, and in-person hearings. The data was included in a report presented at the Judicial Council’s meeting on Nov. 19. Following the presentation, the council proclaimed November “Court Adoption and Permanency Month,” as it has every …continue reading

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The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) invites public comment on a draft formal opinion advising judges on ethical considerations when providing feedback to attorneys on their courtroom performance. In a draft advisory opinion posted on the committee’s website, the committee concludes that the Code of Judicial Ethics …continue reading

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Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye hosted students and educators during two virtual events in April celebrating this year’s Champions of Civics and recipients of the annual Civic Learning Award. Cosponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, the award program, now in its ninth year, honors California schools and …continue reading

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Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakakuye issued this statement following the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) announcement it will curtail immigration enforcement at or near courthouses: I am immensely gratified that the Department of Homeland Security has directed its enforcement arms to limit civil immigration enforcement actions in or near …continue reading

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At the start of the council’s Mar. 12 business meeting, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye reviewed how courts over the past year have addressed challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Justice explained how local court innovation, supported by state funding and branchwide emergency rules and technology planning, has …continue reading

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A state Supreme Court committee issued an expedited opinion providing guidance for judges who wish to exchange gifts with staff to celebrate holidays, birthdays, or other occasions. In Expedited Opinion 2021-039, the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) observes that gift exchanges can foster good workplace morale, but …continue reading

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The California Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order expanding the pathway to a California law license, allowing thousands more law school graduates with qualifying prior bar exam scores to work as fully licensed attorneys after completing supervised practice hours. The Provisional Licensure program will be expanded to include those …continue reading

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California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Tuesday announced she will launch a program to fast track the resolution of criminal cases and make retired judges available through the Temporary Assigned Judges Program to reinforce those efforts. The temporary program aims to help ease significant criminal case backlogs that have …continue reading

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California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Wednesday announced a new work group to update a judicial standard that outlines steps courts can take to prohibit bias in courtroom proceedings. Standard of Judicial Administration 10.20 addresses actions judges can take to preserve the integrity and impartiality of the judicial system …continue reading