What’s New

Brand-New CDAA Training: Sexual Assault & Digital Evidence Skills Lab, December 12–13, 2017, Sacramento

The focus of this seminar is on collecting, processing, and admitting digital and sexual assault evidence, and it will be presented in a mixed format with both a hands-on lab and focused classroom work. On the first day attendees will be briefed on the crime and review evidence, listen to witness interviews, and review photos and closed circuit TV of the crime. After reviewing the evidence, attendees will work with instructors for intensive sessions to develop search warrants and analyze different types of digital and sexual assault evidence. The types of evidence attendees will work with include SART exams, 923 forms and rape kits, social media, cell phone data, carrier records, tower tracking, closed circuit TV footage, and witness statements. After collecting the evidence and preparing it for submission, the teams will present their findings to a judge for review.


CDAA’s New Anatomical Model Lending Library

Do you have a case involving strangulation, shaken baby, domestic violence, or physical abuse? These are just a few examples of crimes for which demonstrations using anatomical models at trial could be beneficial. Show your jury exactly what happened to the victim. All models are available at no cost to your office. (Models are for demonstration purposes only and may not be entered into evidence.)

Available models include an abusive head trauma demonstration model, lungs, a trachea, a skull sitting on a cervical spine, an 8-part brain, a brain with arteries, a 12-part mini torso (20″ tall), a 14-part torso (34″ tall), and a 16-part mini torso (17″ tall).

For more information, photos of the models of available, and to download the lending library form, click here.


AB 1909 and Proposed State Bar Rule 3.8

The scrutiny on prosecutors and the criminal justice system in general continues to intensify and the Legislature and State Bar have both reacted. Join CDAA as we have a conversation with legal ethicist Gary Schons regarding a new law and a proposed Bar rule impacting our profession. Click here to watch the video.

CDAA 2017–2018 Training Calendar

Click here for a PDF of the 2017–18 training and events calendar.

How Big of an Issue is Elder Abuse in California?

Here in California, Adult Protective Services (APS) receives as many as 10,000 reports of elder and dependent adult abuse per month, and reports are increasing. That’s an estimated 120,000 cases of reported elder and dependent adult abuse PER YEAR in California. What makes this number even more alarming it that for every case of abuse that is reported, four cases go unreported. That’s an astounding 600,000 incidents that were never reported.

For more information, click here.

See the Bills CDAA is Tracking

High Priority Bills – The most important bills on our radar
Active Bills – Those that are either currently moving through the Legislature, or have already been signed
Full Report – The largest report, this contains all bills being tracked by CDAA in the 2015-16 session, including those that have been killed or otherwise put on hold for the year

For each bill, you’ll see a brief description of the issue, the current location of the bill, and CDAA’s position. Once you’re viewing a particular report, clicking on the bill number will take you to a page with links to the language of the bill (including prior versions), all analyses that have been done by legislative committees, and any prior votes in committee or on the floor. Some bills will also have links to attached documents that we have uploaded – primarily letters of support or opposition. Right now that feature is only active on a few bills, but after this legislative year, that function will expand greatly. Clicking on the author’s name will take you to that member’s official website.

Important Information for John R. Justice Award Recipients

The award is exempt from income. Therefore, your student loan servicing agency, like American Education Services (AES), CANNOT receive payment for the award from JRJ or Bureau of Justice (BJA) and then file a 1099 with the IRS. Click here for a copy of a letter from the IRS citing 20 U.S.C. section 1087ee(a)(5): “(5)The amount of a loan, and interest on a loan, which is canceled under this section shall not be considered income for purposes of title 26.”