Bar Approves Restructured Fee Scaling

May 21, 2019 – The State Bar Board of Trustees has authorized restructured fee-scaling options to expand reduced or waived licensing fee increases among attorneys whose incomes fall below certain thresholds. The new model will be proposed during the legislative process for setting the State Bar’s licensing fee for 2020. The Board delegated authority to staff…

State Bar Modernizes Auditing of MCLE Compliance

May 20, 2019 – In a move to increase efficiency through technology, the Board of Trustees of the California State Bar Association has approved rule changes that will enable the Bar to modernize how it audits attorney compliance with continuing education requirements. Attorneys licensed by the State Bar have been required to certify completion of…

State Bar Releases Latest Bar Exam Results

May 17, 2019 – The State Bar has released results of the February 2019 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,458 people (31.4 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. This is an increase of 4.1 percentage points over last year’s February pass rate of 27.3 percent. If those passing applicants satisfy all other…

Judge Salzman to Receive Some U.S. Bankruptcy Court SFV Cases

May 23, 2019 – Judge Deborah J. Saltzman has begun receiving a portion of Chapter 11 cases filed in the San Fernando Valley Division. Judge Saltzman will hear her San Fernando Valley Division Chapter 11 cases in her Los Angeles courtroom, Roybal 1639. Parties should refer to Judge Saltzman’s self-calendaring instructions on the Court’s website for information…

SCOTUS Rules on Military Prosecutions

May 23, 2019 – The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Defense Department’s authority to prosecute retired service members for crimes they commit, even after retirement. The court chose not to hear the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed for a sexual assault he committed three months after leaving the service in August…

Number of Unlawful Detainer Courtrooms Increased

May 23, 2019 – The L. A. Superior Court has increased the number of unlawful detainer courtrooms to five at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. As a result, matters currently scheduled for hearing in Department 94 will be heard in two new calendar/law and motion courtrooms, either Department 91 or Department 97.…

New LASC Probate Notes System Implemented

May 23, 2019 – The Probate Legal Unit has started using a new software system for drafting and posting probate notes for matters on calendar in the probate departments. The probate notes format will look slightly different to improve their organization and readability for the bench officers, attorneys, litigants, and general public. The notes will…