Highlights of the November 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include perspectives by the judicial leadership of the Contra Costa Superior Court, 2014 Judicial Assignments and more.
Through closed courthouses, departments and reduction of court hours, our Bench remains strong in the face of adversity. The Bar stands with the court during these times, which displays our commitment to each other.
Unlike much of politics, where one feels one cannot make much of a difference, The Conference of California Bar Associations exists for the purpose of making changes to the law.
For the next nine months, our court will function pretty much as it has during the last year. We are hopeful that if the state’s economy continues to improve, we might begin to receive significant restoration of funding.
In these following articles, Supervising Judges each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division.
One of the first projects the Superior Court will implement is upgrading the current electronic filing system.
The Superior Court of Contra Costa was selected to participate in a Pilot Mentoring program for the California courts.
The Judicial Assignments for 2014 are here! Click here or on the picture below to download a PDF version.
Every year, we go to a dude ranch in the Eastern Sierra, just outside Bridgeport. I ride and sometimes help move cattle.
2013 was a year when we called very loudly; you heard our call and answered. Committees were organized, guidelines were formulated and volunteers were solicited, resulting in temporary judges and discovery faciliators.
This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.
The lobby of the Spinetta Courthouse saw a number of changes. These improvements were more important than ever this year, given the reduction in hours at the Clerk’s office.
The budget impact has hit hard in every area from reimbursements for services, staffing cuts, shorter staffing hours and fewer attorneys concomitant with reduction in salaries, but not a lesser caseload.
The division experienced no structural changes during the past year. The same level of resources should be available for the division in the coming year.
Two major changes implemented this year significantly affect jurors assigned to the Pittsburg court. First, the Pittsburg court now conducts felony jury trials, and second, our jury panels are now countywide.
To accommodate the expanded trial calendar, we transitioned this year from setting preliminary hearings and motions off the Master Calendar to a designated Preliminary Hearing and Motion department.
At the September 11, 2013, Inns of Court meeting, Judge Christopher Bowen and his pupilage group showed that one can bring an original approach to the law.
Trials are taking place on a regular basis in Contra Costa County and we would like to hear about them.
Members of the Bench and the Bar got together for a fun day of softball and delicious barbeque.