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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.

The Perfect Mediation

The Perfect Mediation

The perfect mediation is a goal. The self-determination aspects make the process more satisfying than trial.

Students Learn the Reality of Law in GJELL’s Summer Program

Students Learn the Reality of Law in GJELL’s Summer Program

The program responds to a concern that high school students appear to have no real grasp of legal and paralegal career opportunities, and that what perceptions they do have come from movies and TV.

Privacy Protections in the Juvenile Court

Privacy Protections in the Juvenile Court

Any right that the general public may have to access confidential juvenile proceedings and records must take into account the need to protect the privacy rights of the child.

Inns of Court: Revenge Porn and the Law

Inns of Court: Revenge Porn and the Law

This is a new and complex crime that was not well known in the world until recently. In fact, revenge porn was not illegal in a specific statute until 2013.

The (Privacy) Darwin Awards

The (Privacy) Darwin Awards

When you enter into a confidential mediation settlement, advise your clients that “confidential” means don’t tell anyone—especially an oversharing teenage daughter who likes to post on Facebook.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, May 2015

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, May 2015

Family law cases have the potential to cross over with almost every other practice area. It was my goal for this edition to highlight a few of the crossover issues that can arise in a family law case.

Does Your Client Have the Capacity to Get Divorced?

Does Your Client Have the Capacity to Get Divorced?

Even though a client may qualify and have the “legal capacity” to file for divorce, that same client may not have the capacity to enter into any agreements as part of the dissolution action.

Hopkins’ Choice

Hopkins’ Choice

In prior “Stories from the Bray Building,” Judge Carlton considered incarceration, legal ethics, criminal cases and contentious civil trials. Now, he presides over an unusual family law matter.

Ethics and Capacity

Ethics and Capacity

MCLE SELF-STUDY: What should a lawyer do when the client does not want to follow advice or when the client is mentally impaired? These issues are among the most difficult lawyers ever have to face.

Inns of Court: When Elder Abuse Crosses Over

Inns of Court: When Elder Abuse Crosses Over

Elder abuse is a crime that can be tackled through any number of legal proceedings, be they probate, civil or criminal. This presentation looked at the different proceedings to educate our members.

Additional Offshore Compliance Alternatives Announced

Additional Offshore Compliance Alternatives Announced

Taxpayers who decide not to come into compliance are doing so at the risk that huge civil and criminal penalties may lie ahead if they are discovered.

Immigration Reform Inside the World of Taxes

Immigration Reform Inside the World of Taxes

Will this reform help our economic crisis, and will more undocumented people come out of the shadows, and report their yearly taxes?

Coroner's Inquests

Coroner’s Inquests

A Coroner’s Inquest is held in all cases involving a death related in any way to law enforcement. It is not a grand jury proceeding and is held in open court.