|Message from the President Beth Chapman
CBAA wins motion for intervention in San Francisco federal class action lawsuit!
On Monday, March 6, 2017, the Federal Court in Oakland, CA granted a motion to intervene on behalf of the California Bail Agents Association (CBAA) in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of California's bail statute. Harmeet Dhillon, owner of the Dhillon Law Group, successfully won the motion to intervene on behalf of CBAA.
A federal class action lawsuit was filed against the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, citing the bail system penalizes the poor with un-payable bail amounts for small offenses. Both Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, announced they would not defend the lawsuit or legal challenge to California's bail system.
Of the nearly 20 such lawsuits filed in the nation, this was the first time a motion to intervene has been granted to adequately defend the law. Ms. Dhillon has previously stated, "The effect of the bail statute being struck down for lack of any defense whatsoever by the state or local government could be to eviscerate a legal industry, and render uncertain or unenforceable thousands of bail contracts throughout California."
With the motion to intervene granted, Ms. Dhillon and her law group can participate in discovery, take dispositions, file and defend summary judgment motions and participate in trial if necessary. "Given the Eighth Amendment's clear authorization of money bail as a legitimate part of the criminal justice system, it should be for the Legislature to make any changes the public deems necessary," Dhillon said.
Congratulations to Ms. Dhillon, CBAA and the nationwide bail industry. This win will pave the way for more wins in the future.he pavement? more
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