Death Sentence Overturned In Salinas Triple SlayingThe California Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the death penalty but upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of three murders committed during a home-invasion robbery in Salinas in 1994.
California Court To Rule If Death Penalty Delays Constitute Cruel, Unusual PunishmentThe 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.
California Moves To Provide Free Interpreter Services In All Court CasesUnder 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.
Judgment By Algorithm - Silicon Valley Codes The Court SystemA Silicon Valley company is introducing software that can solve legal battles without the need for a judge or attorney.
Number Of Teens Tried As Adults Skyrocketing In Santa Clara CountyA 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.
Fresno Burglary Defendant Killed Hours After Jury's Mistake Frees HimPolice 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.
Massive Backlog In California Courts Leading To Long DelaysCalifornians seeking a divorce or take care of other legal issues are unable to do so, because of a massive backlog.
California Courts Recommend Fee To View Public Files, InformationA 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.
Deep California Budget Cuts Force Litigants To Pay For Court ReportersCivil 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.
Proposed Cuts Could Impact State's Judicial SystemMore 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 Pull Plug On $2 Billion Computer SystemCalifornia court leaders are stopping development of an ambitious computer project that was supposed to electronically connect courthouses in all 58 counties.
Some California Courts Offer Dogs To Comfort Crime VictimsFor victims of violent crime, taking the witness stand can be terrifying. Some courts, including those in the Bay Area, are now offering support from four-legged friends.