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Johnson v. City of Grants Pass: What to Expect Next


The 9th Circuit’s 2022 ruling in Johnson v. City of Grants Pass has been a huge topic of discussion for local agencies, code enforcement and homelessness organizations. Currently under review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the case will determine whether and how municipalities can enforce their public camping ordinances, with a major effect on homeless populations and encampments. This case builds on the foundations of Martin v. City of Boise, which decided that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the imposition of criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter. The Supreme Court heard oral argument on April 22, 2024 and we expect a ruling sometime in June or July. Read our article summarizing this case for additional details.

“The Johnson v. City of Grants Pass ruling can affect the enforcement of local ordinances for your city or county. Civica Law helps local agencies stay in compliance and out of litigation.”

Matthew Silver, CCEO, Esq

Founding Partner, Civica Law Group, APC

Cities and counties will have to review their current ordinances to ensure they comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. We have significant expertise in helping public agencies comply with changes in state and federal law. Contact us to prepare your organization for changes in the law.

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