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The Criminal Courts of Contra Costa County continue to thrive despite the ongoing impact of budget cuts. We have instituted a number of new programs in criminal cases over the last year.
Our criminal courts have kept up with the caseload and absorbed the influx of additional cases by working harder and smarter.
This year has been a challenge, and we have addressed the challenge by reorganizing our court to optimize the effectiveness of our dwindling resources.
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.
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.
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.
We thought last year’s budget cuts were brutal. Hold onto your hats for 2013!
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.
More changes are coming next year. I’m happy to report that we have figured out a way to restore a full-time family law courtroom in Pittsburg by January 2016.
The Supervising Judges each provide perspectives on the operations of their respective division or courthouse.
I am struck by how ill-suited the Proposition system is to addressing complex criminal justice issues, and how difficult it is for judges to tease from ambiguous words the practical rules they must apply.
While this year has not been one of great changes in the Family Law Division, we have seen some new personnel and experienced a small expansion in our available resources. Happily, there is a bit more to come.
In all, we have 19 clerical staff who handle the public business at the windows, the behind the scenes work (which is endless), and all the courtroom duties.
Due in part to the reduction of preliminary hearings, the staffing in the courthouse will be reduced from five to four judges effective mid-January 2016.
Fagan served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation. As the ship’s only attorney, he was asked to work on assignments ranging from criminal investigations to war planning.
One day I was driving around with my real estate business partner—we were arguing about something—and in the middle of our discussion, he looked at me and said, “You should have been a lawyer.”
In the spirit of the times, the 1850 legislature was more concerned about claim jumping than well constructed banking laws. This failure opened the door to unscrupulous financiers.
The perfect mediation is a goal. The self-determination aspects make the process more satisfying than trial.
The program responds to a concern that high school students appear to have no real grasp of legal and paralegal career opportunities, and that what perceptions they do have come from movies and TV.