Category: General

RIVERSIDE – SUPERIOR COURT TO CLOSE ONE DAY PER MONTH BEGINNING IN OCTOBER, 2020

Posted October 11th, 2020
Due to the State of California’s $54 billion deficit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Riverside Superior Court will experience a revenue shortfall in Fiscal Year 2020/2021 of $12 million. The Court has taken actions to reduce this deficit by closing courthouses, freezing staff positions, and reducing operating costs. These actions alone will […]

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UNITED STATES COURTS – NEW JURY INSTRUCTIONS STRENGTHEN SOCIAL MEDIA CAUTIONS

Posted October 3rd, 2020
A federal Judiciary committee has issued a new set of model jury instructions (pdf) that federal judges may use to deter jurors from using social media to research or communicate about cases. The new model instructions caution jurors about the many ways social media can undermine a jury’s ability to deliver an impartial verdict. The […]

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SANTA CLARA – POLICY CHANGE REGARDING COURT REPORTERS, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 13, 2020

Posted October 3rd, 2020
Effective October 13, 2020, parties in certain non-criminal matters in the Santa Clara Superior Court may arrange, at their own expense, for the services of a privately retained court reporter if the services of an official court reporter are not available. This policy change includes hearings and trials in unlimited civil matters, limited civil matters […]

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