Bloomberg Law
Aug. 30, 2022, 7:31 PM

California Remote Court Hearings End with Legislation’s Defeat

Joyce E. Cutler
Joyce E. Cutler
Staff Correspondent

California’s experiment with remote legal proceedings ends next July 1 with the author of the bill to extend the sunset urging a receptive Senate on Tuesday to reject changes to the measure made in the lower house.

On a 0-38 vote, with two senators not voting, the Senate refused to concur in the state assembly’s amendments to legislation (SB 848) that would have extended the sunset for pandemic-prompted remote attendance at depositions, hearings, and trials to Jan. 1, 2026.

But amendments in the Assembly would have removed juvenile justice, commitments, and other hearings from being conducted remotely. The ...