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Jun. 5, 2024

Assembly votes to extend remote criminal proceedings

The Assembly passed SB 92, which would extend remote criminal proceedings until 2026, by a 6-0 vote despite opposition from labor groups and defense counsel

Senator Tom Umberg (Shutterstock)

An Assembly committee advanced a bill that would extend rules allowing remote criminal proceedings over the objections of labor groups and public defenders.

The bill's author, Sen. Tom Umberg, D-Santa Ana, told the members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday that SB 92 merely seeks to extend a type of proceeding that has become routine.

"Remote proceedings have been taking place regularly in our criminal courts since the COVID-19 pandemic," sai...

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