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November 2013 - Bench/Bar Edition

November 2013 – Bench/Bar Edition

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.

Inside: In the Face of Adversity

Inside: In the Face of Adversity

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.

There Oughta Be a Law

There Oughta Be a Law

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.

Presiding Judge Perspective - 2014: Looking Forward

Presiding Judge Perspective – 2014: Looking Forward

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.

2013 Year in Review: Perspectives by the Judicial Leadership of the Contra Costa Superior Court

2013 Year in Review: Perspectives by the Judicial Leadership of the Contra Costa Superior Court

In these following articles, Supervising Judges each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division.

The Future of Court Technology

The Future of Court Technology

One of the first projects the Superior Court will implement is upgrading the current electronic filing system.

Mentoring in the Court

Mentoring in the Court

The Superior Court of Contra Costa was selected to participate in a Pilot Mentoring program for the California courts.

2014 Judicial Assignments

2014 Judicial Assignments

The Judicial Assignments for 2014 are here! Click here or on the picture below to download a PDF version.

Getting to Know Presiding Judge Barry Goode

Getting to Know Presiding Judge Barry Goode

Every year, we go to a dude ranch in the Eastern Sierra, just outside Bridgeport. I ride and sometimes help move cattle.

Civil Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Civil Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Criminal Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.

Family Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Family Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Juvenile Law Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Juvenile Law Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Probate Perspective - 2013 Year in Review

Probate Perspective – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Pittsburg Courthouse - 2013 Year in Review

Pittsburg Courthouse – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Richmond Courthouse - 2013 Year in Review

Richmond Courthouse – 2013 Year in Review

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.

Inns of Court - Superhero Justice

Inns of Court – Superhero Justice

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.

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Trials are taking place on a regular basis in Contra Costa County and we would like to hear about them.

Bench/Bar BBQ and Softball Game [photos]

Bench/Bar BBQ and Softball Game [photos]

Members of the Bench and the Bar got together for a fun day of softball and delicious barbeque.

Thank you, CCCBA Members!

Your membership helped us accomplish so much this year!