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Our criminal courts have kept up with the caseload and absorbed the influx of additional cases by working harder and smarter.
This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.
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.
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.
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.
We thought last year’s budget cuts were brutal. Hold onto your hats for 2013!
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.
In the spirit of the times, the 1850 legislature was more concerned about claim jumping than well constructed banking laws. This failure opened the door to unscrupulous financiers.
The perfect mediation is a goal. The self-determination aspects make the process more satisfying than trial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.