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  • 02 Mar 2017 11:18 AM | Anonymous

    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

    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, or at 415-865-7957.

  • 21 Feb 2017 8:44 PM | Anonymous

    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 


  • 02 Feb 2017 8:23 PM | Anonymous

    Westminster, CA – The Superior Court of Orange County has opened a new call center to assist the public with services and information regarding criminal and traffic cases. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese by calling 657-622-8459. An automated phone system is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and customer service representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Court holidays. Since the center’s “soft launch” on January 11, representatives have assisted an average of 145 customers per day. 

    Due to severe budget cuts, the Court closed its prior call center in 2013 to redeploy staff to fill vacancies in more critical areas. Although the Court is still in a precarious financial situation, it was able to allocate funds to open a smaller center by maintaining a high employee vacancy rate and automating services. 

    The call center provides resources such as general criminal and traffic information, processing extensions on fines or traffic school enrollment, and reserving a date to appear in front of a judicial officer to enter a plea in response to charges. Also, callers may request to have automated reminders sent to their home or mobile phone with payment due dates and/or court hearing information. 

    Information and additional resources are also available online at For expedited service and information regarding individual criminal and traffic cases, the Court uses an “OC Pay Number” which is printed on the front of the violation information notice to the right of the citation number and on other Court-generated forms and notices. The “OC Pay Number” is used to access information specific to a particular case or citation online or via the automated phone system. 

  • 02 Feb 2017 8:16 PM | Anonymous

    Contact: Laura Ernde             


    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1, 2017
     – In response to a recent increase in attorneys seeking to do pro bono work, State Bar President James Fox and Executive Director Elizabeth Parker said today:

    “We applaud the recent wave of attorneys throughout California looking to provide pro bono legal services around immigration and other legal concerns. The State Bar of California strongly supports access to legal services as a core part of our public protection mission. We support the promise of justice for all, including for low-income people who too often have no choice but to navigate the legal system alone. 

    We encourage attorneys licensed in California to provide pro bono support to help bridge the gap in access to justice. While upholding ethical standards for attorneys and regulating the legal profession is a core focus of the State Bar’s work, it’s equally critical to ensure that all of California’s residents have access to high-quality attorneys when the need arises.

    In addition to the donation of time, a donation of financial assistance can make a huge positive impact, especially with a shifting political landscape. Please consider making a donation to the State Bar’s Justice Gap Fund or directly to your local legal aid provider to help make sure individuals and families who need legal assistance can get help when they need it.”

    Information about providing pro bono legal services in California

    Attorneys who wish to provide pro bono legal service in California must have active State Bar status. Status can be switched from inactive to active via the State Bar website.

    The fee for active status is waived for attorneys who participate in the State Bar of California’s Pro Bono Practice Program.

    The Pro Bono Practice Program allows California attorneys who are currently inactive or retired to have active status for the sole purpose of doing pro bono work. Attorneys who are accepted to the Pro Bono Practice Program must work with a qualified legal services provider, certified lawyer referral service, or court-based self-help center. In addition to a waiver of the active status fee, attorneys who qualify for this program have access to free MCLE.

    More information about pro bono opportunities is available on the State Bar website. One Justice also houses a pro bono rapid response network for attorneys.

    In addition to promoting pro bono service, the State Bar also provides approximately $30 million in grants annually to legal aid organizations throughout California. These grants support groups that address immigration needs, prevent homelessness, keep kids in school, protect elders from fraud and abuse and connect veterans to services, among other critical legal assistance. 

    Legal aid organizations provide direct services throughout the state. (The statewide list of legal aid providers is available.).

    Attorneys who would like to provide additional support for access to justice can donate to the Justice Gap Fund when they pay their annual State Bar of California fees.

    Resources for Californians on finding an attorney

    The State Bar also provides resources for Californians who need help finding an attorney as well as ways to avoid fraud.

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Find Legal Help

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Finding the Right Lawyer / Como Encontrar el Abogado Apropiado

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Avoiding Fraud by Immigration Consultants

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Información Legal en Español

    People who think they have been a victim of misconduct by an attorney or someone posing as an attorney should file a complaint with the State Bar.

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Filing a complaint against an attorney about misconduct

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Filing a complaint against a notario or someone posing as an attorney

    [if !supportLists]·         [endif]Client Security Fund application, to recover money lost due to attorney misconduct


    The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system since 1927. All lawyers practicing law in California must be admitted to the State Bar.

  • 17 Jan 2017 9:13 PM | Anonymous

    California Bar Foundation 3L Diversity Scholarship Application is now open!  Any diverse 3L who plans to practice public interest law in California, and who plans to take the July 2016 California Bar Exam, is eligible.  Scholarship recipients receive a free BARBRI prep course along with a living stipend.  Deadline is Tuesday, February 14 at 5 PM PST.  The application can be found here:

    Please forward this opportunity to any diverse 3Ls that you know! 

    California Bar Foundation is committed to building a better justice system with fewer barriers and more opportunities for all Californians.  For more information email Bianca Sierra Wolff, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at

  • 28 Dec 2016 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    Comments sought:
    Six (6) new proposals to amend the California Rules of Court and Judicial Council forms have been posted to the California Courts web site, at If approved, the amendments would be effective September 1, 2017.
    The deadline for comment is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
    Additionally, in 2016 the Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) initiated a workstream to update the Tactical Plan for Technology 2014-2016. After analyzing branch business drivers, evaluating existing initiatives, and incorporating new initiatives, the workstream now requests input on the initial draft of the updated Tactical Plan for Technology 2017-2018.

    Deadline for comments on the proposed plan is Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at, or at 415-865-7681.

  • 28 Dec 2016 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    Revision #16 to the 2008 Edition of the Local Rules – Superior Court of California, County of Orange will be effective as of January 1, 2017.  An electronic copy of the rules is available on the Court’s website at or you may view them by clicking here.
    If you would like a hard copy mailed to you or if you have any questions, please contact:

    Sheri A. Bull
    Program Coordinator / Specialist
    Judicial Assistance Group (JAG)
    Orange County Superior Court
    700 Civic Center Drive West
    P.O. Box 1994
    Santa Ana, CA  92702-1994
    P: 657-622-7872

  • 12 Dec 2016 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    The Public Law Center, Orange County's non-profit pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Now in its 35th year of service, PLC's staff of 30 works with more than 1,400 volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students to provide free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.
    We are looking for a few great attorneys and advocates to join our team. Check out the positions below to see if one is right for you!

    Director of Litigation, Training & Advocacy
    An experienced litigator will work closely with PLC's Executive Director, senior staff and community partners to develop policy advocacy and impact litigation to benefit Orange County's low-income residents. Will also serve as an internal leader and mentor to PLC's program staff.

    Directing Attorney - Health Unit
    The leader of PLC's Health Unit will develop and implement the goals of a dynamic unit that includes our AIDS Legal Assistance Project and several Medical-Legal Partnership Clinics.

    Staff Attorney - Family Law Unit
    An attorney with experience in family law will handle cases referred by several community partners and organize domestic violence and guardianship clinics at local courthouses.

    Staff Attorney - Family Law Unit & Immigration Unit

    An attorney with experience in family law or immigration will assist victims of crime and help staff domestic violence and guardianship clinics.

    Project Coordinator - Victims of Crime Project

    An experienced advocate will coordinate and assist in the delivery of legal service to low-income crime victims.

    Administrative Assistant - Housing Unit
    A self-motivated team player will work with the lawyers in our Housing Unit to protect low income tenants and those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

    All positions are full-time and come with competitive salaries and benefits. We hope you will consider joining our amazing team of lawyers and advocates working to make Orange County a better place.

  • 07 Dec 2016 10:50 PM | Anonymous

    Comments sought:
    Two proposals have been published for comment at
    CALCRIM 2016-02: Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) - Revisions

    The Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions is seeking comment on new and revised instructions reflecting developments in the law. The deadline for comment is Friday, January 6, 2017.
    SP16-13: Appellate Procedure: Expedited Review of Certain Orders Denying Motions to Compel Arbitration
    Recent legislation requires the Court of Appeal to issue its decision in cases involving the review of certain orders denying motions to compel arbitration no later than 100 days after the notice of appeal is filed. The legislation also requires the Judicial Council to adopt rules to implement this requirement and to establish a shortened notice of appeal period in these cases. These proposed rules are intended to fulfill this legislative obligation. The deadline for comment is Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
    If you have any questions, please contact Camilla Kieliger, at, or at 415-865-7681.

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