Trial Preference for Those Over 70

The California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) provides for expedited trial setting for those over 70 if the court finds that 1) the party has a substantial interest in the action as a whole, and 2) the health of the party is such that preference is necessary to prevent prejudicing the party’s interest in the litigation (CCP Section 36 (a)).  … Read More

Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, and (More) Criminal Justice Reform

In November 2014 California voters enacted a seismic shift in criminal penalties for nonviolent property and drug crimes, Proposition 47.  In a few weeks (or already, if one casts her or his ballot by mail), California voters will again decide whether to change the state’s approach to drug policy in a way that realistically pales in comparison to Prop 47 … Read More

Farmworkers Now Entitled to Additional Overtime Pay

On September 12, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation granting farmworkers the right to overtime pay on par with other California workers.  Assembly Bill 1066 provides for incremental overtime pay hour increases for farmworkers over a 4-year period beginning in 2019. Currently, farmworkers are paid overtime rates if they work more than 10 hours per day or 60 hours per … Read More

End of Life Option Act

Please note that the End of Life Option Act was recently passed by the California legislature took effect on June 9, 2016.  Until January 1, 2026, this act authorizes an adult who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease as defined in the act, to request … Read More