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Meet the Criminal Conflict Program

Meet the Criminal Conflict Program

William (Bill) Green has been the CCP Director since 2015. The staff consists of Kathi Lane (12 years) and Debbie Garcia (eight years).

Criminal Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

The Criminal Courts of Contra Costa County continue to thrive despite the ongoing impact of budget cuts. We have instituted a number of new programs in criminal cases over the last year.

Criminal Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Our criminal courts have kept up with the caseload and absorbed the influx of additional cases by working harder and smarter.

Criminal Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.

July 2013 - Criminal Law Edition

July 2013 – Criminal Law Edition

Highlights of the July 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about criminal court budget cuts, side effects of the Realignment Legislation, defense counsel ethics and more.

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

With the Walnut Creek courthouse no longer hearing criminal cases, we have had to absorb their very heavy misdemeanor caseload into Martinez. The Martinez criminal trial departments must now try all of the Walnut Creek misdemeanor trials as well as the bulk of the felony trials from throughout the county.

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

The Criminal Law Section held an MCLE luncheon on May 9th. The topic was: What Lawyers Need to Know Today About Realignment. The speaker was Garrick Byers, Statue Decoder, CCC Public Defender’s Office.

Criminal Law Division - 2012 in Review

Criminal Law Division – 2012 in Review

We thought last year’s budget cuts were brutal. Hold onto your hats for 2013!

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

As you know, the Court, the District Attorney, and the Public Defender are suffering from massive budget cuts. To give you an idea of how bad it has gotten, we hear rumors that the District Attorney is collaborating with the Public Defender to outsource telephone wiretaps (also known as “phone hacking”) to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, April 2016

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, April 2016

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence, child abuse, substance abuse and addiction, sexual abuse and criminality is a difficult task. But when it is successful, it brings a sense of great satisfaction.

Civility

Civility

Recently there have been some fine examples of civility from the legal profession, such as at the induction of David Goldstein to the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Transgender Youth and the Juvenile Court System: How Compassion and Education Can Change Lives

Transgender Youth and the Juvenile Court System: How Compassion and Education Can Change Lives

Society must take the time to learn what it means to treat transgender people as equals, legally and socially.

Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency

Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency

Our court has put in place two programs that deal with truancy. In both juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency, there are some new procedures and law changes.

Bar Soap: April 2016

Bar Soap: April 2016

It is most amusing, but also embarrassing, to sit in court waiting for a case to be called and being forced to listen to attorneys appear on Court Call and drone on about issues unrelated to their cases.

Induction of the Hon. David E. Goldstein

Induction of the Hon. David E. Goldstein

Judge Goldstein’s induction ceremony took place on March 4, 2016. Master of Ceremonies, William (Bill) Green, Director of the CCCBA’s Criminal Conflict Program, introduced the speakers.

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

Jurors’ Use of Social Media During Trial

You must consider at the outset what material is available online about your client and manage the client’s online presence, to the extent it is ethical to do so.

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

Inns of Court: Legal Demeanor/Interpreters

This Inns group showcased how not to act in front of judges. Whether you are being extremely rude or extremely obsequious, judges do not really need either.

IT Security of the Law Office

IT Security of the Law Office

A simple firewall and anti-virus is not enough these days. The following is a review of the four systems, as a starting point for good security, that every firm should have in place.

Bar Soap: February 2016

Bar Soap: February 2016

We lost several more friends and colleagues since my last column. Judge Richard Arnason quietly passed away in his sleep at the age of 94.

January 2016: Your Bar Association Edition

January 2016: Your Bar Association Edition

Highlights of the January 2016 Bar Association edition include articles on the new CCCBA Board Members and President, plus interviews with the new Section Leaders, and more.