Bill Would Create Special Courts for Land Use Cases

By Cheryl Miller : therecorder – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — An East Bay senator has introduced legislation that would create specialty environmental and land-use divisions in California’s trial courts.
Senator Ellen Corbett’s SB 123 would create the mission-focused calendars to handle civil litigation involving the California Environmental Quality Act or “specified subject areas” like climate change, air quality and hazardous materials.
“California’s environmental and land-use court cases should be decided by specialized judges trained in environmental and land-use law, and whose decisions would be documented and published,” the bill says. “It is important that the judicial selection process be unbiased.”
Corbett, a San Leandro Democrat, was unavailable to comment on her bill Wednesday, according to her chief of staff, Andrew LaMar. LaMar also declined to discuss the legislation…. (more)

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