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Difficult Year Ahead and How You Can Help

Difficult Year Ahead and How You Can Help

From state legislation singling out transgender youth for harassment to a new presidential administration that has pledged to target Muslims, immigrants, people of color, women, people with disabilities and so many other members of our communities, we know that 2017 will be a difficult year for transgender people. Already, in the wake of Trump’s election, […]

Traffic Division 2016

Traffic Division 2016

In 2016 we said goodbye to Commissioner Peter Fagan and hello to Commissioner Terrye Davis. Commissioner Fagan accepted a new position as a commissioner with the San Diego Superior Court. I’m sure all of us who have had the opportunity to get to know him over the last year will see this as a loss […]

Amnesty Program – One Year Later

Amnesty Program – One Year Later

On June 24, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a one-time Amnesty Program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infractions. The program began on October 1, 2015 and ends on March 21, 2017. This is the second traffic amnesty program our state has implemented in the past four years. This time the program offers more […]

Focus on Accessibility:  Expanding the Court’s Interpreter Program

Focus on Accessibility: Expanding the Court’s Interpreter Program

The Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts will provide interpreters in all Court services within the next five years.

Getting to Know Hon. David E. Goldstein

Getting to Know Hon. David E. Goldstein

Hon. David E. Goldstein was appointed to the bench in November 2015 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Judge Goldstein is currently located at the George D. Carroll Courthouse in Richmond, California.

Temporary Judges: An Invaluable Service to the Court and Public

For the Contra Costa Superior Court, the attorneys who volunteer their time to serve as temporary judges help to cover calendars when our bench officers are unavailable.

Helping Families Heal

Helping Families Heal

Families come to the Peter L. Spinetta Law Center when their lives are painful and in chaos. Our job is to be an effective member of the team that helps them navigate their crisis and move on with their lives. I’m proud to say that in spite of ongoing budget cuts in the past few years, our Court has improved this process.

Justice & Judges: The History of the Courts in Contra Costa County

Justice & Judges: The History of the Courts in Contra Costa County

The legal system in Contra Costa County has undergone many changes over the years. California’s original constitution, enacted in 1850, created a fairly complex system consisting of several courts. At the top (as far as the county was concerned) was the District Court. The district included Contra Costa County and several other counties, originally as far south as Santa Cruz and Monterey.

Commissioner Terrye Davis

A Lifetime of Listening – Interview with New Commissioner Terrye Davis

Lucky me! I got to interview Commissioner Terrye Davis for this magazine. I hope you enjoy my conversation with her as much as I did! Q: Let’s start at the beginning. Where were you born? A: Fukuoka, Japan Q: So when did you come to the U.S.? A: I was adopted by a military family. […]

Civil Jury Verdicts

Civil Jury Verdicts

Indeed it has been some time since I penned the popular Civil Jury Verdicts column. Same old story: Very few attorneys are reporting their jury verdicts to me. I will say, trials are getting out in our Contra Costa Superior Courts, so I know there are cases to report. I also know local lawyers who […]

Convergence

Convergence

In prior accounts, Judge Carlton encountered Three Strikes, recidivism, contentious civil trials, the death penalty, and legal ethics. Now he confronts a juvenile law case without any winners in another attempt to educate about the judicial system. In Department 47 Judge Raymond Carlton looked at the sentencing report, reflected over his trial notes, and realized […]

LRIS Spotlight: Carl Kadlic

LRIS Spotlight: Carl Kadlic

Contra Costa County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service is a win-win for the Bar Association and for the community. The community benefits in that the LRIS offers a low cost method to find qualified attorneys for a variety of issues such as criminal defense law, family law, personal injury, real estate, business law, […]

Join us for the Pro Bono Expo November 3

Interested in Pro Bono opportunities in Contra Costa County but don’t know what is available? Join us for a Pro Bono Expo in Walnut Creek. We’ll provide appetizers, beer, wine and soda and most importantly – access to the non-profits that need your assistance! You’ll have the chance to speak to legal service providers from […]

MCLE Spectacular November 18 2016

Register Today for the MCLE Spectacular

Register now for up to 8 MCLE credits at this all day event November 18, 2016 in Walnut Creek, California.

Election Integrity

Election Integrity

With November approaching, everyday citizens are working to ensure the integrity of the Presidential election. Volunteers with California’s Election Integrity Project (EIP) and True the Vote (TTV) are part of a non-partisan, grass roots movement to ensure that election results reflect the will of lawful voters. With trust in the system, citizens will gain confidence […]