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Criminal Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Our criminal courts have kept up with the caseload and absorbed the influx of additional cases by working harder and smarter.

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.

July 2013 - Criminal Law Edition

July 2013 – Criminal Law Edition

Highlights of the July 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about criminal court budget cuts, side effects of the Realignment Legislation, defense counsel ethics and more.

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

The Effects of the Budgets Cuts on the Criminal Courts

With the Walnut Creek courthouse no longer hearing criminal cases, we have had to absorb their very heavy misdemeanor caseload into Martinez. The Martinez criminal trial departments must now try all of the Walnut Creek misdemeanor trials as well as the bulk of the felony trials from throughout the county.

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

Criminal Law Section MCLE Luncheon [photos]

The Criminal Law Section held an MCLE luncheon on May 9th. The topic was: What Lawyers Need to Know Today About Realignment. The speaker was Garrick Byers, Statue Decoder, CCC Public Defender’s Office.

Criminal Law Division - 2012 in Review

Criminal Law Division – 2012 in Review

We thought last year’s budget cuts were brutal. Hold onto your hats for 2013!

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

2011 Year in Review: Criminal Law

As you know, the Court, the District Attorney, and the Public Defender are suffering from massive budget cuts. To give you an idea of how bad it has gotten, we hear rumors that the District Attorney is collaborating with the Public Defender to outsource telephone wiretaps (also known as “phone hacking”) to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Presiding Judge Perspective: Looking Back

Presiding Judge Perspective: Looking Back

We recently upgraded our computers from an obsolete operating system to 21st-century software. Now, we hope to acquire a modern case management system sometime in the next two years or so.

2014 Year in Review: Contra Costa Superior Court Judicial Leadership Perspectives

2014 Year in Review: Contra Costa Superior Court Judicial Leadership Perspectives

The Supervising Judges each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division.

Civil Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Civil Law Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

Commencing in January 2015, Judge Barry Goode is returning to the Civil Division and the complex litigation calendar.

Probate Perspective - 2014 Year in Review

Probate Perspective – 2014 Year in Review

The new local rules, taking effect January 1, 2015, are substantially revised and entirely reformatted, and will more closely follow the structure of the California Rules of Court.

Pittsburg Courthouse - 2014 Year in Review

Pittsburg Courthouse – 2014 Year in Review

During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Pittsburg Court received over 5,000 new filings in the Felony/Misdemeanor Criminal Division alone.

Richmond Courthouse - 2014 Year in Review

Richmond Courthouse – 2014 Year in Review

In the next few months, work will be completed on a new roof, siding, climate control and installation of energy efficient windows. Parking signage and security will be updated.

Interview with Judge John C. Cope

Interview with Judge John C. Cope

He was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. after more than 20 years as a Deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County.

Inns of Court: Attorney-client Privilege

Inns of Court: Attorney-client Privilege

This is such an important topic for attorneys, because you do not want to violate a privilege. Is it privileged if you tweet at your client?

Bar Soap: October 2014

Bar Soap: October 2014

Thanks to all for your input. I received comments on Super Lawyers, verdicts, settlements, lawyers on Courtcall and lawyers on the move.

The Ethics Corner: Avoiding Fraudulent Conduct

The Ethics Corner: Avoiding Fraudulent Conduct

What should a bankruptcy lawyer be required to do to verify the legitimacy of the client’s statements and position? If the lawyer takes what the client says at face value, when is that not enough?

The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family

In prior “Stories from the Bray Building,” Judge Carlton encountered Three Strikes, mental health, legal ethics, incarceration and contentious civil litigation. Now he presides over a difficult civil trial.

Inns of Court: May the Force Be with You

Inns of Court: May the Force Be with You

When Darth Vader used his force choke, serious pain was being inflicted upon the victim, but Darth Vader wasn’t even touching him. Is it merely police presence or is it deadly?

Bar Soap: June 2014

Bar Soap: June 2014

I have enough trouble keeping my kids and their friends from using “like” in their conversations, but as I sat in a hearing the other day, a lawyer used it at least five times in arguing a motion.