Mar. 2, 2023 – Estrada v. Superior Court (1st Dist., Div. 1, A166474)

In consolidated writ proceedings, the Court of Appeal denies two petitions for writ of mandate, each seeking dismissal of a case for violating petitioner’s speedy trial rights under PC 1382. The court finds that, in each case, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that exceptional circumstances – the continuing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic – justified continuance of petitioner’s trial past its statutory last day.