Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday signed Assembly Bill 3366, which, effective immediately, allows California’s Chief Justice to issue — on their own — statewide emergency orders concerning trial court operations, such as extending various statutory deadlines.  The legislation amends Government Code section 68115, which had limited the Chief Justice to making emergency orders only on a county-by-county basis and only at the request of a county superior court’s presiding judge.


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