March 21, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Absent A Stipulation, A Commissioner Lacks the Authority to Rule on an Issue Contested by the Criminal Defense Attorney

A Defendant refused to sign a stipulation giving a commissioner the authority to continue a preliminary hearing. In Harutyunyan v. Superior Court, the California Appellate Court held that while a commissioner can hear uncontested matters, the commissioner had no authority to continue the preliminary hearing on a contested issue absent a stipulation.

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