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Madera judge: Bill threatens court’s power

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Madera County Superior Court’s presiding judge said he backs California’s chief justice in her opposition to an assembly bill that would limit the decision-making power of smaller counties.

“I’m speaking as Judge Rigby, not as the county’s presiding judge, because each and every judge has his or her own opinion of the bill,” said Presiding Judge Mitchell C. Rigby. “I am not a supporter of AB 1208. I wish to not have the state legislature in charge of the judicial branch.”

AB 1208, passed by the state Assembly at the end of January, is awaiting vote by the state Senate.

The bill, partly aimed at killing the Court Case Management System, a 9-year-old project with a goal to unite the state’s courts, requires that any technology projects receive written consent from 2/3 of the trial courts with voting power apportioned based on population...


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