Thursday, June 10, 2010

California Supreme Court Grants Review on Penal Code Section 4019 (custody credits) and the Issue of Retroactivity

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court granted review on two cases involving the retroactivity of revised Penal Code section 4019.

The lead case on the issue is People v. Brown (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 1354 (S181963), in which the Third District had held that the amendment must be applied retroactively to qualifying appellants whose cases were not final on appeal on the date of the statute's enactment.

People v. Rodriguez (2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 535, the first case to hold the amendment applies prospectively only, was also granted review. (See S181808.) But briefing in that case is being deferred pending consideration and disposition of Brown.

Although neither of these two cases can be cited as authority any longer because of the grant of review, there remain eight more published cases discussing the issue. Stay tuned.