The question a federal appeals court will consider Monday is whether years of unpredictable delays from conviction to execution resulted in an arbitrary and unfair system that violates the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment.
Under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, California’s Judicial Council approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.
A Silicon Valley company is introducing software that can solve legal battles without the need for a judge or attorney.
A 14-year-old San Jose gang member could spend life in prison if convicted of attempted murder. He is among the growing number of teens who are being tried as adults.
Police say they’ve made an arrest in the slaying of a Central California man stabbed hours after he was freed from jail because of a jury’s mistake.
Californians seeking a divorce or take care of other legal issues are unable to do so, because of a massive backlog.
A proposal by the state’s judicial branch to charge $10 to view a public file at the Santa Rosa courthouse is being criticized by those who say it would limit access to public information.
Civil cases could be getting more expensive across the state. Budget cuts are forcing many litigants, including in Santa Clara County, to pay for their own court reporters.
More than a half-billion dollars in cuts have been proposed to the state’s court system, potentially making it harder to pay a traffic fine or get a divorce.
California court leaders are stopping development of an ambitious computer project that was supposed to electronically connect courthouses in all 58 counties.