recent changes in the law
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- Cases pending in the California and United States Supreme Courts
- Supreme Court update on criminal procedure
- LWOP and sentences amounting to LWOP in juvenile cases: cruel and unusual punishment
- Sixth Amendment confrontation under Crawford and progeny: use of "testimonial" out-of-court statements
- Sex Offender Registration
- Two prior convictions arising out of a single criminal act cannot constitute two strikes under the Three Strikes law
- An aider and abettor may not be convicted of first degree premeditated murder under the natural and probable consequences doctrine.
- No great bodily injury enhancements under Penal Code section 12022.7, subdivision (a), can attach to a conviction for murder or manslaughter
- Denial of motion to recall a sentence is broadly appealable as order after judgment affecting the substantial rights of the party
- Search and seizure: digital privacy in the post-Riley world
- Proposition 47 reduction of enumerated felonies to misdemeanors
- Proposition 36 modifications to Three Strikes law
- Welfare and Institutions Code section 786 modifications to law on sealing of juvenile records
- Submit issue involving fines or fees to superior court before raising on appeal
- New Laws for 2017 for Criminal Law Practitioners (pdf download).
- Tracking pending legislation
- Publication and precedential effect of review-granted opinions
- ADI guide to selected rule changes effective January 1, 2014
- New and amended rules – recent Judicial Council and Supreme Court actions
Guidance on what attorneys can do to help clients take advantage of favorable changes in the law and an analysis of general principles of retroactivity is at Potentially Favorable Changes in the Law (PDF).