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

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In these following articles, Supervising Judges Judith Craddick (Civil), John Kennedy (Criminal), Jill Fannin (Family), Lois Haight (Juvenile), John Sugiyama (Probate), Brian Haynes (Pittsburg) and Leslie Landau (Richmond) each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division:

Civil Law Perspective by Hon. Judith Craddick

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. Our colleague, David Flinn, is retiring at the end of the year. Read more…

Criminal Law Perspective by Hon. John Kennedy

We expected 2013 to be a challenging year, and it has lived up to our expectations. Our Criminal Trial departments in Martinez are now trying a heavy mix of felony and misdemeanor trials, plus a series of added calendars.  Read more…

Family Law Perspective by Hon. Jill Fannin

The lobby of the Spinetta Courthouse saw a number of changes. Now facilitators and parties can discuss matters as they sit privately at tables. We also added seating and installed QMatic, an automated system for calling numbers to different windows. Next year, we will say goodbye to the hard-working Judge Trevor White. Read more…

Juvenile Law Perspective by Hon. Lois Haight

In Juvenile, 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. Read more…

Probate Perspective by Hon. John Sugiyama

The division experienced no structural changes during the past year. Judge Trevor White will leave the Probate Division to return to the criminal courts. Although losing one All Star, the division will receive another in Judge Susanne Fenstermacher. Read more…

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Pittsburg Courthouse by Hon. Brian F. Haynes

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. Read more…

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This year, the George D. Carroll Courthouse in Richmond has seen significant changes. Longtime Commissioner Robert Broughton retired, after more than 25 years. A mix of felony and misdemeanor cases appears on the Richmond Master Trial Calendar, and some significant felonies have been tried in Richmond. Read more…

 

 

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