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Why Take Action?

CACJ is not just about MCLEs – we are about fighting for JUSTICE. (it’s in our name)

From this page you can find opportunities to influence legislation and political actions. CACJ is a voice in the fight for social justice – a spokesperson for the accused and their attorneys. In light of the current political climate, it is vital that criminal defense attorneys organize and harness our power. CACJ speaks up and fights for justice - we are not afraid to challenge local, county, state or national leaders. Our power is magnified when it is supported by your individual voice.

Each year our lobbyist and political director, Ignacio Hernandez, analyzes and summarizes bills in the legislature on “Public Safety”, i.e. criminal justice issues. The legislative committee, made up of volunteer members, works to propose favorable legislation and to identify priority bills for support or opposition. CACJ members can also suggest legislation or legislative action to the committee. The committee sends letters of support or opposition on over 100 bills each year, and members often appear in Sacramento to voice our position at Public Safety Committee hearings.

When there is a critical vote scheduled it will be posted here as a call to action, with a description of the issue, the proposed action, and the CACJ position. It may be a call for a letter to a legislator, or a phone call to their office to express support or opposition. Our power and influence increases in direct proportion to the number of members who join these actions.

"CACJ's great contribution to criminal justice is our work in the Legislature.  As a member of the Legislative Committee since 1984,  I have seen our organization become a real power for justice in the Legislature.  CACJ is now a sought-after voice in the Legislature and our view on bills is given serious weight by Legislators and their staff.  Yes, a lot of bad bills have become bad law.  But brother, you should see the stuff CACJ has stopped.  And many times,  CACJ  was the only organized opposition to these terrible, terrible bills." Steve Rease, CACJ Past President 2018

Legislation at the Capitol


CACJ is committed to providing the criminal defense bar with a much-needed voice on legislative matters. Without the tireless efforts of our CACJ lobbyist, Ignacio Hernandez, and his staff at Hernandez Strategy Group, CACJ would not be able to accomplish these momentous tasks. Ignacio Hernandez provides continuous and aggressive representation before the California legislature on issues of importance to the criminal defense bar. Please contact our Legislative Committee with any questions.

Current Bill Status

For the status of a bill, please visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/


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