Orange County Files Amicus Brief to Overturn 9th Circuit Ruling in Martin v. Boise

On September 24, Orange County joined with the California State Association of Counties and 32 California counties and cities to file an Amicus Curiae brief asking the United States Supreme Court to review City of Boise v. Martin, a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that jeopardizes the ability of cities and counties to get people living on the streets into shelters and provide them with the services they need, and to move homeless people camping in public – and often dangerous places – to safety.

“It is our obligation to protect the public safety and public health of our communities, said Vice Chair Michelle Steel, who represents the Second District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “The Ninth Circuit’s unclear, and unworkable decision in Martin v. Boise has tied the hands of local governments and made it more difficult to help homeless people off the street and on their feet, and to keep our communities safe and clean.”

The amicus brief was filed by the Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), a San Francisco based law firm that represents local governments.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to hear the case by 2020.

You can read the brief here:

RPLG’s press release is available here:

The Boise v. Martin case can be found here: