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Bill by state Sen. Noreen Evans seeks to shrink juror pools

Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.

New courthouse in Santa Rosa clears key hurdle

Construction of a new $174 million courthouse in Santa Rosa received a huge boost Friday from state court officials, who also blessed plans for new facilities in Lake and Mendocino counties.

State proposes $10 fee to see public court records

Viewing a public file at the Santa Rosa courthouse will cost $10 under a proposal from the state’s judicial branch that is drawing fire from critics who say it will limit access to public information.

State budget woes may mean more courthouse construction delays

Construction of a new Santa Rosa courthouse is expected to be delayed another year if Gov. Jerry Brown follows through with plans to raid $290 million from the statewide construction fund to balance the budget.