Feb. 15, 2023 – In re Hunter W. (4th Dist., Div. 1, D079942)

The minor petitioned for modification of his DJJ commitment to the middle term of six years, the maximum permitted under WIC 731 as amended by recently enacted SB 823. Considering the question of what constitutes finality in a juvenile case, the Court of Appeal holds the minor is not entitled to the ameliorative benefit of the new law because his case became final when he failed to seek additional review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the dispositional order in 2019.