Riverside County dismissing hundreds of cases due to lack of available courtrooms

Hundreds of cases are being dismissed in Riverside County due to a lack-of available trial courtroom. The district attorney’s office announced Tuesday that they would be working with the courts, law enforcement agencies, and other stakeholders on this issue as it grows into an increasingly severe problem for justice systemwide. Several types of cases were […]

All Jury Trials Suspended In Riverside County

Release Date: December 7, 2020 Contact: Marita C. Ford, Public Information Officer

On December 3, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a Regional Stay-At-Home-Order (Order) that would be applicable once a designated region falls below 15% of ICU bed capacity, which then subjects the counties within the region to the restrictive terms set forth in the Order, for a minimum of three weeks. The County of Riverside is assigned to the Southern California Region. On December 6, 2020, the Southern California Region fell below the 15% ICU bed capacity threshold, triggering the application of the Order to the County of Riverside.
As a result, pursuant to the authority set forth in General Order 2020-68, which extends the time period in Penal Code section 1382 for the holding of a trial, all new jury trials are suspended through December 31, 2020. This order is only applicable to jury trials that have not commenced. This order does not affect jury trials that are in progress, which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
The Riverside Superior Court’s website includes links to court orders, division notices, press releases, and online court services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The public is encouraged to visit the website to access the most current Court information.

New Los Angeles DA George Gascon to eliminate cash bail, won’t seek the death penalty

From: https://abc7.com/george-gascon-lada-los-angeles-county-district-attorney-cash-bail/8592215/#:~:text=LOS%20ANGELES%20(KABC)%20%2D%2D%20George,bail%20and%20the%20death%20penalty LOS ANGELES (KABC) — George Gascón was sworn in Monday as the 43rd Los Angeles County district attorney, announcing sweeping changes to the nation’s largest local prosecutor’s office, including shifts away from cash bail and the death penalty. “We will be the largest office in the nation to eliminate cash bail,” said Gascón. […]

House passes historic bill to decriminalize cannabis

The House voted Friday on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act, which decriminalizes cannabis and clears the way to erase nonviolent federal marijuana convictions. The Senate is unlikely to approve the bill.