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  • 26 May 2017 1:13 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Santa Ana, CA – Nineteen Orange County residents were selected today to serve on the Grand Jury for a one-year term that begins when the jurors take the oath of office on June 30. Hon. Kirk H. Nakamura, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court, presided over the proceeding with David Yamasaki, Court Executive Officer and Jury Commissioner, randomly drawing cards printed with the names of the candidates. The Grand Jury panel is comprised of 12 men and 7 women who range in age from 55 to 86 years old. 

    More than 150 Orange County residents applied for the upcoming term. The 25 judges of the Grand Jury Recruitment and Selection Committee reviewed applications and selected top candidates who were each interviewed by judges from the committee. Superior Court judges voted to approve the final slate of candidates. 

    The California Penal Code requires that the Grand Jury be selected by a random drawing of no less than 25 and no more than 30 individuals who proportionally represent the five supervisorial districts of the County. The first 19 names drawn constitute the Grand Jury, with the remaining individuals selected as alternates in the order drawn. Alternates will serve in the event that any members cannot complete the one-year term. The grand jurors and alternates will attend a four-day training program in June. 

    The newly selected grand jurors will take the oath of office in a public ceremony on June 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Department C1 of the Orange County Superior Court. The names of the grand jurors and alternates are on the following page, listed in order of their selection. 

    2017/2018 ORANGE COUNTY GRAND JURY 

    1. Dorothy Fenton 

    2. Patricia Allweiss 

    3. James Cast 

    4. Thomas Oliver 

    5. Yvette Hill 

    6. Santosh Mohanty 

    7. John Beauman 

    8. Everett Geis 

    9. Richard Carson 

    10. David Kasabo 

    11. Barbara Worsley 

    12. Joyce Zohar 

    13. Catherine Ford 

    14. Richard Jolly 

    15. Stuart Newman 

    16. Robert Niccum 

    17. Daniel McCarthy 

    18. Elaine Mata 

    19. William Postma 


    ALTERNATES 

    1. Trina Dodd 

    2. James Donckels 

    3. John Sciacca 

    4. Steven Randall 

    5. Stephen Adams 

    6. Javier Castellon 

    7. Tim Bardwell 

    8. Michael Juarez 

    9. Mary Laub 

    10. Denise Cunningham 


  • 26 Apr 2017 9:31 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    A new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

     ·         SP17-03 Criminal Procedure: Judicial Council Form Under Proposition 63 (approve form CR-120)

    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.


  • 06 Apr 2017 9:25 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    A new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

     ·         SP17-02 Judicial Administration: Rules for the Advisory Committee on Audits and Financial Accountability for the Judicial Branch (amend Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.63)

    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017.


  • 27 Mar 2017 8:58 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    SP17-01 Judicial Administration: Judicial Branch Contracting Manual (revise Judicial Branch Contracting Manual) In consultation with the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual Working Group,2 staff has made additional proposed revisions to the manual, and invites public comment regarding the proposed revisions

    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 10, 2017.


  • 27 Mar 2017 8:57 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please see the news release with information regarding the 2016 Annual Report of the Collaborative Courts HERE, which sets forth the outstanding results of these programs in significantly reducing recidivism, saving resources, and changing lives. 


  • 21 Mar 2017 9:10 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Please click on the link below to access the Recruitment Notice for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Trial Attorney Panel.

    http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/recruitment-notice-criminal-justice-act-cja-trial-attorney-panel

  • 21 Mar 2017 9:10 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives.  Please refer to the link below for more information. 

    https://www.cacd.uscourts.gov/news/seeking-applications-ninth-circuit-judicial-conference-lawyer-representatives-1


  • 21 Mar 2017 8:32 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    A new proposal has been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

    SPR17-27 Criminal Procedure: Use of Risk/Needs Assessments at Sentencing (approve Cal. Standards of Judicial Administration, standard 4.35)

    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact Benita Downs, at benita.downs@jud.ca.gov, or at 415-865-7957.


  • 12 Mar 2017 9:06 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    From left, Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Santa Ana on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The MOU establishes a collaboration to protect the legal rights of the Mexican community in Orange County. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    From left, Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, sign a Memorandum of Understanding in Santa Ana on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The MOU establishes a collaboration to protect the legal rights of the Mexican community in Orange County. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

    By JESSICA KWONG / STAFF WRITER, OC Register

    SANTA ANA – As President Donald Trump rolls out his immigration policies, the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana has responded by bolstering its services to Mexicans, the latest step of which is a formal alliance with a large network of Latino attorneys.

    Consul of Mexico Mario Cuevas Zamora and Eric Dominguez, president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding strengthening the relationship between the institutions and their capacity to provide free or low-cost counseling and legal representation.

    “Things are not easy for our community right now,” Cuevas said in Spanish during a press conference announcing the signing. “These are trying times that should not be wished on anyone, but we need to confront it and what better way than to form alliances.”

    The consulate and the bar association already had partnered on monthly immigration clinics and other services, but the memorandum will ensure Mexicans “regularly have access to attorneys as opposed to ad hoc,” whether on-site or over the phone, Dominguez said.

    In particular, the bar association is looking to provide legal consultation and representation to people who don’t qualify to be assigned to an attorney pro bono, but who also cannot afford to hire one, Dominguez said.

    Of the 360,000 Mexicans living in Orange County, about 200,000 are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute, with immigration statuses that limit their access to quality legal services.

    Over the past two years, the consulate has provided 1,851 free legal consults and covered the costs of 307 cases, in collaboration with 12 local organizations. The memorandum will amplify programs the consulate has already developed with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Catholic Charities of Orange County, among others.

    On March 3, the consulate, in conjunction with the 49 other Mexican consulates in the U.S., under order by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto launched drop-in immigration information booths and became “centers for legal defense.” The program encourages Mexicans who qualify for U.S. citizenship to pursue it for their protection. The consulate is at 2100 E. Fourth St.

    “These are extraordinary times,” Jazmin Castellanos, consul of protection, said. “We know that with lawyers, it’s best to have them at our side than against us.”

    While immigration services are in the highest demand, bar association lawyers also will be available to assist in civil and family cases.

    The agreement signed Thursday was months in the making.

    “This is just the beginning,” Cuevas said. “We’re ready to sit down and work on a map of how we can achieve our goals.”

    Contact the writer: 714-796-7762 or jkwong@ocregister.com or on Twitter: @JessicaGKwong

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/consulate-746146-legal-association.html


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