General MCLE: “Cellphone Forensics: Applications in Discovery and Investigations”

Speaker: Thomas Plunkett

Thomas Plunkett is the Director of Digital Forensics at Califorensics, San Diego. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and EnCase Certified Forensic Examiner (EnCE) with over 20 years of experience in digital forensics, cybersecurity and counterintelligence. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems and is an adjunct professor, teaching cybersecurity and digital forensics topics at the University of San Diego. Mr. Plunkett has led investigations involving data breaches, computer hacking, theft of intellectual property, and foreign intelligence operations. His clients have included all levels of government, law firms, casinos, medical device manufacturers, hospitals, technology companies and celebrities.

About the Event: Cellphones represent one of the fastest-changing areas of legal practice. Mobile device evidence is more important than ever, thanks to the rapid evolution of the technology and the way this evidence is treated by the courts. Touching on important recent cases, technology developments, and Califorensics’ direct experience advising attorneys, this presentation provides up-to-date guidance on the application of cellphone forensics in litigation, investigations, and other legal matters.

When: November 15, 2018 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Santa Maria Inn at 801 S. Broadway, Santa Maria

MCLE Credit: 1 Hour General MCLE Credit

Price: Bar Association/non-attorney Staff & LPA Members $25/Non-Members $35

Contact Information/RSVP: Please RSVP with lunch choice [tri-tip sandwich or veggie wrap] by November 13th, to Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association at

The Superior Court, County of Santa Barbara intends to adopt the following forms for mandatory use in criminal cases:

CR-101 – Plea Form, with Explanations and Waiver of Rights – Felony

SC-3085 – Advisement of Rights, Waiver and Pela Form – Misdemeanor

SC-3001 – Addendum to Adivsement of Rights, Waver and Plea Form


See Attachment for full annoucement, and forms.

E-Filing, E-Discovery, and E-Presentations

The handouts for Judge Herman's presentation at the 2016 SBCBA Bench and Bar Conference are available!

Proposed Local Court Rules

Please Take Notice that the Superior Court, County of Santa Barbara intends to adopt new rules adn amend current rules regarding traffic cases. Pursuant to CRC 10.613(g)(3)(b), the court has posted the new and amended rules which will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Hard copies of the local rules are available upon request.

Commission on Judicial Performance – Annual Report

The Commission on Judicial Performance will be publishing its Annual Report.  The report provides comprehensive information on the Commission's authority and procedures and contains statistical data on Commission cases and summaries of disciplinary action.


The full Annual Report is available for and can be found at:


If you are interested in beginning your training and/or registering, please visit (or ask your firm administrator to go) (If you have trouble with the website, please call 1-800-297-5377 to speak with a live, US-based Trained Support Specialist, who will help you register and/or train either via webinar or one of the online training programs.)


The court will be holding a training session some time in the last two weeks of August.


The proposed Local Rule on eFiling has just been posted on the website.  See also CRC 2.250-2.261 re electronic filing.

Feeling the effects of court budget cutbacks? Voice your concern!


The California courts have been experiencing drastic budget cuts over the past few years. Since 2010, the courts have been faced with a one-third cut in operational funding, a majority of this absorbed at the trial court level. Results have included massive court closures and lengthy delays in hearings that require immediate action.


It is imperative that we continue to raise awareness of the negative consequences these cutbacks are creating. To make your concerns heard, please use the attached template and send the completed letter to your Senator and Assemblymember.

State Bar MCLE Audit Alert from President Jon Streeter

Resolution of SBCBA Board of Directors – Open Courts Coalition


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