Chief Justice seeks emergency traffic court reform, Jerry Brown pushes amnesty program

Sam Levin
May 26, 2015


California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye pushed for “emergency action to adopt a rule of court to facilitate access to justice for court users challenging traffic fines” for people who can’t pay expensive fines upfront before being allowed to appear in court.

Attorneys from the East Bay Community Law Center say that most people they represent who have missed a court date or fine deadline are immediately barred from future hearings unless they post their bail in full.

Governor Jerry Brown included an “amnesty program” in his budget proposal that would greatly reduce traffic court debts.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR)