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Benchguides

The following benchguides by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research are written for trial judges and provide an overview of the relevant law on the given topic.

 

California Judges Benchguides—Bail and Own-Recognizance Release

Revised: 2013

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedure for bail and own-recognizance motions.

Bail and Own-Recognizance Release (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Competance to Stand Trial

Revised: 2010

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedures used to evaluate a defendant's mental ability to participate and make certain decisions in criminal proceedings.

Competance to Stand Trial (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—DUI Proceedings

Revised: 2013

This benchguide outlines the procedures for misdemeanor DUI cases under Vehicle Code section 23152, felony DUI cases under Vehicle Code section 23153, and DUI cases involving drivers under 21 years of age under Vehicle Code sections 23136 and 23140. It covers the elements of each of these offenses, arrest procedures, pretrial procedures specific to DUI cases, evidentiary considerations, jury instructions, and sentencing (including probation).

DUI Proceedings (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Felony Arraignment and Pleas

Revised: 2013

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedure for a felony arraignment.

Felony Arraignment and Pleas (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Misdemeanor Arraignment

Revised: 2012

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedure for a misdemeanor arraignment.

Misdemeanor Arraignment (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Motions to Suppress and Related Motions: Checklists

Revised: 2011

This benchguide by the California Center for Judicial Education and Research is a resource for trial judges who hear motions under Penal Code sections 1538.5 and 1524, subdivision (c) that litigate the applicability of the Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule.

Motions to Suppress and Related Motions (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Preliminary Hearings

Revised: 2012

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedure and applicable law for a preliminary hearing or examination.

Preliminary Hearings (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Probation Revocation

Revised: 2011

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedure for revocation of probation proceedings.

Probation Revocation (external link)

California Judges Benchguides—Right to Counsel Issues

Revised: 2012

This benchguide provides an overview of the procedures involved in a number of counsel issues, including waiver of right to counsel (Faretta motions), substitution of appointed counsel (Marsden motions), the granting of co-counsel status to defendants, appointment of advisory and standby counsel, and court removal of counsel.

Right to Counsel Issues (external link)

 

 

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