2011 Year in Review: Walnut Creek Court

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Hon. William Kolin

The Walnut Creek branch of the Contra Costa Superior Court (formerly the Walnut Creek-Danville Municipal Court before consolidation of Municipal and Superior Courts in 1997), consists of three Judges: Supervising Judge William Kolin, Judge Bruce Mills and Judge Harlan Grossman, and one Commissioner, Joel Golub. The Walnut Creek branch handles all civil, criminal, traffic, and small claims matters originating in Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo, Diablo, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga and San Ramon.

In 2005, the then Presiding Judge of the Superior Court tasked the Walnut Creek branch to also handle all criminal and civil cases originating in the Mt. Diablo court district. That district includes Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Pacheco and Clyde. Traffic and Small Claims matters for the Mt. Diablo district cases are heard by the Commissioner situated in Concord. One Judge in Martinez handles in-custody arraignments, in-custody preliminary hearings, and in-custody pre-trials in criminal cases arising from Walnut Creek and Mt. Diablo matters. All jury trials, including in-custody defendants, are heard in the Walnut Creek branch. In 2010, there were 5,909 criminal filings in our court. There were 74 jury trials and 55,834 traffic filings.

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