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fundamental changes in criminal courts

Criminal Courts

The Criminal Courts of Contra Costa County are alive and well. Over the last five years, we have absorbed fundamental changes resulting from the realignment legislation (AB 109), Proposition 47, and the closing of our Walnut Creek Courthouse to criminal cases.

June 2016 – Criminal Law Edition

Highlights of the June 2016 Contra Costa Lawyer – Criminal Law edition include the story of a fictitious family that had a brush with the law. Guest Editor Mary P. Carey and her fellow authors give the reader a well rounded view of the ramifications from perspectives of: the District Attorney, immigration attorney, defense attorney, juvenile law attorney , a juvenile Justice’s perspective, family law and employment law attorneys.

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.

The Personal Injury Case and the Automatic Stay

The Personal Injury Case and the Automatic Stay

One of the trickiest snares that can spring up in the middle of a personal injury case is a bankruptcy stay. With a bankruptcy filing, all collection activity is stopped and litigation grinds to a halt. If the filer is the plaintiff, the ownership and control of the plaintiff’s action is transferred in an instant […]

Review of the Current “Right to Die” Statue: Are the Protections Against Undue Influence Sufficient?

Review of the Current “Right to Die” Statue: Are the Protections Against Undue Influence Sufficient?

The act of unduly influencing a family member to prematurely take his or her life for ill-gotten gain is extremely serious and the safeguards to protect against such conduct should be both comprehensive and of the utmost strength.

Dikē: Murder Will Out

Dikē: Murder Will Out

The Greeks called her “Dikē.” The Romans, “Justitia.” From his classics education, Judge Carlton knew this goddess of justice uncovered concealed wrongdoing, brought to light dark dealings, and often dispensed justice in unexpected ways so that unforgivable acts received due recompense.

Differing Perspectives on the Right to Die

Differing Perspectives on the Right to Die

On June 9, 2016, California’s physician-assisted dying law, also known as the “End of Life Option Act,” took effect. Passed by voters in October 2015 and later signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the law holds that under certain conditions, terminally-ill California residents may now legally take medication to end their lives. Under the […]