Los Angeles County’s new District Attorney, George Gascón, has introduced a series of reforms to the county’s legal system. These include getting rid of the death sentence, ending sentencing enhancements, abolishing money bail, reviewing Use of Force cases, and stopping the sentencing of juveniles as adults, along with a change in misdemeanor prosecutions.
New surrogacy laws come into effect in New York state this February, providing some of the most robust protections for both the surrogates and the prospective parents. These new laws fully legalize the process and include requirements for health and life insurance payments and other rules for safety under the Surrogate’s Bill of Rights.
The new California Racial Justice Act that comes into effect this month makes it possible for defendants to challenge their trial if they believe racial bias is involved. See how racial bias can be proved in court.
The Trump administration has suspended all new nonimmigrant-related visas and family-based immigrant visas until March 31, as a part of pandemic-related bans. The good news, however, is that the suspension will not affect visa renewals.