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California Chief Justice Issues Advisory to Courts Amid COVID-19 Surge

December 7, 2020 – Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued an advisory to leaders of California’s 58 county superior courts with guidance to continue to seek emergency orders if needed based on local conditions and ability to hold remote hearings or provide social distancing under state and local health rules. The memo was issued in […]

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Judicial Council, Chief Justice End Some Emergency Measures as California and Courts Expand Reopening

June 10, 2020 – The Judicial Council of California voted to end the COVID-19 emergency bail schedule, as California begins a phased re-opening and courts restore services shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Judicial Council voted 17-2 to rescind, effective June 20, the COVID-19 temporary bail schedule that set presumptive bail at $0 for […]

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California Chief Justice Extends Criminal Trial Deadlines

April 29, 2020 – California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Wednesday issued a statewide order further extending deadlines for California’s superior courts to hold criminal trials. The order adds a 30-day extension of time, bringing extensions of time to hold criminal trials during the pandemic to a total of 90 days. The order also urges […]

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Chief Justice Issues Statewide Order Suspending Jury Trials

March 23, 2020 – California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye on Monday issued a statewide order suspending all jury trials in California’s superior courts for 60 days and allowing courts to immediately adopt new rules to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chief Justice said her order is aimed at ensuring California courts—which remain open as […]

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Chief Justice Issues Statement on Emergency Response in California Courts

March 13, 2020 – California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye today issued the following statement on emergency response measures in California courts: “The California Supreme Court, the six Courts of Appeal, the 58 trial courts, and the Judicial Council of California are working closely with local, county, state, and federal health departments to respond to […]

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Chief Justice Workgroup: Money Bail is “Unsafe and Unfair”

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25, 2017 – A workgroup established by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to study California’s bail system issued a slate of recommendations on Tuesday, saying money bail should be replaced by a risk-based assessment and supervision program that determines whether to jail defendants before trial based on their threat to public safety and […]

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Chief Justice Selects Butte County Civic Learning Partnership for Prestigious Award

May 2, 2017 – Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye selected Butte County Civic Learning Partnership to receive the Chief Justice’s Exemplary Service and Leadership Award, which gives special recognition for outstanding service to the judicial branch. Members of the Butte Civic Learning Partnership, co-led by Butte County Superior Court Judge Kristen A. Lucena, learned of […]

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California Courts Council Creates Directory for Information and Resources on Immigration Issues

March 27, 2017 – A new directory on the California Courts online self-help center provides a comprehensive set of links to information and resources for immigrants who must access the legal system. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced the formation of the California Immigration Information Resource Workgroup on February 1, and directed it to aggregate existing […]

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Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Objects to Immigration Enforcement Tactics at California Courthouses

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye March 16, 2017 – Expresses concerns in letter to Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly: As Chief Justice of California responsible for the fair administration of justice in our state, I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents […]

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Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, to Hear Oral Argument at Nevada Union High School

February 27, 2017 at 4:27 PM Editor’s note: The initial press release sent by the Judicial Council listed an incorrect date. The correct date is Thursday, March 2nd. Sacramento February 27, 2017 – Administrative Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye announced that as part of its award-winning community outreach program, the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, […]

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