In response to a KCBS investigation into the violation of victims’ rights in California, the presiding judge in San Francisco is recommending new procedures for the courts to follow. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports exclusively that the state’s Chief Justice is also asking judges in other counties to consider doing the same.
The building is expected to be open by the summer of 2015.
California spends 1 percent of its general fund on its court system while other states typically spend 2 percent.
The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro’s mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago – a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson and other death row inmates.
California’s chief justice is warning that hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts to the state court system at a time of rising need have led to “potentially dangerous delays” in the administration of justice.
The governing body of California’s judicial branch allocated a painful $350 million budget cut among different segments of the state court system Friday.
The State Supreme Court is going to decide whether to jump back into the legal issues surrounding the Proposition 8 same sex marriage initiative.
California’s new chief justice said the decade or more it takes a typical death penalty appeal to make its way through California courts is too long and too expensive, but stopped short of saying how the process might be reformed.
With her friends, family and colleagues looking on, Tani Cantil-Sakauye took the oath of office Friday to become the new chief justice of the California Supreme Court.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has been unanimously confirmed to be California’s next chief justice.