May 29, 2013

Juror-misconduct, union-contact-information opinions filing tomorrow

The Supreme Court will file tomorrow morning opinions in a habeas corpus and a labor union case. Both cases were argued in March.

In In re Boyette, a habeas corpus proceeding related to the automatic appeal in People v. Boyette (2002) 29 Cal.4th 381, the court issued an order to show cause limited to claims of juror misconduct.

County of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Co. Employee Relations Comm. raises two issues: (1) Under the state Constitution (Cal. Const., art. I, section 1), do the interests of non-union-member public employees in the privacy of their personal contact information outweigh the interests of the union representing their bargaining unit in obtaining that information in furtherance of its duties as a matter of labor law to provide fair and equal representation of union-member and non-union-member employees within the bargaining unit? (2) Did the Court of Appeal err in remanding to the trial court with directions to apply a specific notice procedure to protect such employees’ privacy rights instead of permitting the parties to determine the proper procedure for doing so?

The opinions can be viewed online tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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