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November 2016 – Bench Bar Issue

Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine: Bench/Bar Edition Download the e-version of the November magazine here (pdf) View the November issue online Visit the November archive TABLE OF CONTENTS Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, November issue, guest-edited by Stephen Nash: Features: How Did It Get Late So Soon?, by Hon. Steven K. Austin, Presiding Judge The Lucky One, by Hon. Jill […]

November 2015 - Bench/Bar Edition

November 2015 – Bench/Bar Edition

Highlights of the November 2015 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include perspectives by the judicial leadership of the Contra Costa Superior Court, 2016 Judicial Assignments, interviews with new judges/commissioners and more.

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, Nov. 2015

Inside: Guest Editor’s Column, Nov. 2015

Through the implementation of new technologies and the creative redeployment of resources, Contra Costa Superior Court is finding new ways to provide the public access to justice.

Changing Times at Contra Costa Superior Court

Changing Times at Contra Costa Superior Court

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.

2015 Year in Review: Contra Costa Superior Court Judicial Leadership Perspectives

2015 Year in Review: Contra Costa Superior Court Judicial Leadership Perspectives

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

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism: New Court Proceedings

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism: New Court Proceedings

In October 2015, the court added a bimonthly truancy court calendar for parents charged by the District Attorney’s Office for failing to ensure their child’s regular attendance in school.

Reducing the Incidence of Domestic Violence: One Person at a Time

Reducing the Incidence of Domestic Violence: One Person at a Time

We have formally launched a second Intensive Support Program (ISP) for felony and misdemeanor domestic violence offenders who have been assessed at medium to high risk of reoffending.

Got Jury?

Got Jury?

We will be shortening the time it takes to get jurors to the courtroom by updating and improving our general questionnaires, and asking jurors to complete their questionnaires online.

Proposition 47: A View from the Bench

Proposition 47: A View from the Bench

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.

Homeless Court

Homeless Court

Homeless Court can play a vital role in these individuals’ lives, because the significant time people have spent in their treatment programs can be recognized as an offset towards their outstanding debt.

Civil Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Civil Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Our bench offers a suggestion for getting smaller or less complex matters to trial quickly: Request that the case be set under the “Expedited Jury Trials Act.”

Criminal Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Criminal Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

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.

Family Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Family Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

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.

Juvenile Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Juvenile Law Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

In January 2016, Judge Canepa will leave the Juvenile Division and Judge Susanne Fenstermacher will take over the Juvenile Hall assignment.

Probate Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

Probate Perspective – 2015 Year in Review

The Judicial Council directed a survey on various facets of the state’s judicial system. Among the many hundreds of comments received, some of the ones relevant to probate practice are as follows…