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  • 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


  • 08 Mar 2017 8:44 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    What: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association which seeks to lay a foundation for collaboration between the two institutions in order to protect the legal rights of Mexican nationals living in Orange County.

    When: Thursday, March 9, 2017; 12:00 pm.

    Where: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County (2100 E. 4th St., Santa Ana, CA, 92705).

    Who: The Consulate of Mexico, Orange County and the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association

    Data from the Migration Policy Institute states that approximately 200,000 immigrants face a barrier to access to free legal services due to their immigration status.  

    With this agreement, the Consulate and the OCHBA hope to strengthen their relationships with strategic partners and strengthen the capacity to deliver pro- and low-bono legal services in all areas of law, thus facilitating greater access to justice for the communities they represent.

    For Immediate Release

    Contact:  Media Liaison, Bao Nguyen, bao@baonguyen.us, 714-251-6885.

    OCHBA President, Eric Dominguez: edominguez@hirson.com, 949 383-5568


  • 02 Mar 2017 11:18 AM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)

    Comments sought:

    Thirty-two (32) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court, Judicial Council forms and legislation have been posted to the California Courts web site, at http://www.courts.ca.gov/policyadmin-invitationstocomment.htm.

    The attached list provides a summary of the proposals and contains direct links to each individual proposal. You are welcome to distribute this to any other interested parties. 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.



  • 21 Feb 2017 8:44 PM | Amelia Montgomery (Administrator)



    You're Invited to help Santa Ana high school students attend prom with self-confidence and in style!

    What: Donate your Dress

    When: On or Before April 3, 2017

    Where: Drop off your dress to 

    The Law Office of Carolina C. Gomez

    2112 East 4th Street, Suite 102

    Santa Ana, CA 92705 

    Contact: promdress@ochba.org


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