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Your Criminal Defense Lawyer Should be Familiar Local California Courts

With some 450 court locations in 58 counties, the California judicial system hears civil, criminal, family, probate and juvenile cases concerning people from all walks of life. Consequently, since each court has its own distinct personality, you want to make sure that if you are appearing in a California criminal court, you have a criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the particular court your case will be heard in. R.J. Manuelian is a criminal defense lawyer who has appeared on behalf of defendants in criminal courtrooms throughout California, and is highly-adept at presenting the most solid defense available in any California criminal proceeding.

In addition, R.J. has often been involved in the judicial authority known as the California Courts of Appeal-a court that reviews cases of the lower courts to determine if any contested decision has merit-and is highly familiar with the various personalities and idiosyncrasies of the six appellate district courts in the state as well as the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the state, which resolves any conflicts that appear among the Courts of Appeal or require the review of any questions of law. In addition, the Supreme Court is mandated to review the appeal of any criminal case in which a jury has imposed a death sentence.

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Makeup of the California Court System

The California court system serves more than 38 million people and can be characterized as follows.
  • Approximately 9.5 million cases are heard each fiscal year.
  • Consists of more than 2000 authorized judicial employees
  • Has two types trial level courts and an appellate court
  • Has 58 trial courts-one in each of the 58 California counties
  • Designates the California Supreme Court as its highest court
  • Has an annual judicial branch budget of more than $3 billion
  • Employs 19,000 court personnel statewide

R.J. Maneulian is Highly Familiar with California Courts

Most outcomes of a criminal case have some dependency on the level of representation you have. However, having a talented criminal defense attorney is just one piece of the puzzle of a successful outcome to your criminal case. Familiarity with court personnel, judges, prosecutors, and the general environment and atmosphere of a particular court is also highly important. That's why you want to have an experienced California criminal defense lawyer representing your interests in a criminal courtroom regardless of which California county or court hears your case. R.J. Manuelian has appeared in courtrooms throughout the state as an advocate of both criminal defendants and juvenile defendants. A highly-regarded, well-connected Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer, R.J. has successfully represented criminal and juvenile defendants in courtrooms from one end of the state to the other.

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If you or a loved one has been charged with a criminal offense or juvenile offense, R.J. invites you to contact him for a free consultation about your case.

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