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New Courtroom assignment for San Diego Family Law

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on December 15, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

New Courtroom assignment for San Diego Family Law departments. 

Perior Department New Department in New Courthouse

Prior Sixth Avenue Courthouse Departments


Family Dept. F5 Central 604

Family Dept. F1  Central 601

Family Dept. F2 Central 702

Family Dept. F3  Central 701

Family Dept. F4 Central 703

Family Dept. F6  Central 603

Prior Madge Bradley Fourth Avendue Departments

Madge Bradley Dept. F8 Central 602

Madge Bradley Dept. F9 Central 704

Prior Madge Bradley Probate

Madge Bradley Dept. PC1 Central 504

Madge Bradley Dept. PC2 Central 503

Madge Bradley Dept. PC3 Central 502

Family & Probate Court Moves to New Courthouse

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on December 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

San Diego Superior Court

Begins Move into New Central Courthouse

Family and Probate Services Begin in New Facility on Monday December 18th After years of planning, the San Diego Superior Court will begin the move into the new Central Courthouse located at 1100 Union Street. Both the Family Court facility (1555 Sixth Avenue) and the Madge Bradley Probate Court (1409 4th Avenue) will be shuttering and moving all services to the new facility beginning Wednesday December 13th

More than 165 employees, 11 judicial officers and thousands of files and business materials will make the six block move over five days. During that time, business and courtroom operations will be reassembled in the new facility and will re-open to the public on Monday, December 18th. Jury Services will also be moving during this time period.

Family Court will close all business offices at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13th through Friday, December 15th. For urgent filings, there will be a temporary window open at 220 West Broadway, 4 th Floor.

Probate Court will close at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th through Friday, December 15th. E-filing services will be available and a Drop Box for urgent filings will be available at 330 West Broadway, in the Civil Business Office, on the 2nd floor of the Hall of Justice.

Beginning January 4, 2018 and proceeding through February 4, 2018 the 71 departments and all operations will move from 220 West Broadway to the new building. This move will involve more than 700 staff, judicial officers and related services. “The move into the new court house at 1100 Union Street will bring significant improvements in safety and service once accomplished. The move itself is the largest and most complex logistical task ever undertaken by the court. Judicial officers and staff will do their best to minimize inconvenience to the public during this transition” indicates Presiding Judge Jeffrey Barton.

The State Judicial Council broke ground on the Central Courthouse in 2014. The new full-service courthouse consolidates the overcrowded and inadequate facilities of Family, Probate and the County Courthouse. The 704,000 square foot, 71 courtroom facility is designed to improve access and services for San Diego residents.


Family Court

Wednesday, December 13th at 3:30 p.m. through Friday, December 15th

Probate Court

Thursday, December 14th at 3:30 p.m. through Friday, December 15th.

County Courthouse Services & Courtrooms

Staggered moves over four weeks:

January 4-February 4

All services will be in the new Central Courthouse and available by February 5, 2018

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on August 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Walk information:

When: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 Registration: 6:30 a.m. Walk: 7:30 a.m.

What: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from breast cancer.

For information about why I do this event every year place visit my profile.

To register and/or donate please click here.

Making Strides of San Diego reflects its own community, here's what you can expect at our event:


6:30 am

If you have registered online:

Check in is simple if you've already signed up online. You should have received an email with you check-in ID before the walk. Print it out and bring it to the check-in tent along with any donations on the day of the walk.

If you have not registered online:

Please go to the check-in area to complete a paper registration form. Turn in your completed form along with any donations.


7:30 am

We have to be sure that our team is ready to go at least 15 minutes before your designated start time.

Where: Balboa Park @ 6th and Laural

Please follow the link above for important location information.


Survivor check-in:

Survivors, check in when you arrive at the walk. Please fill out a paper registration form or sign up online.

Survivor area:

The survivor area is a special area for survivors and the caregivers attending with them. Both survivors and caregivers are included to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible.


We all walk together, but our event is not a race. We will stop whenever you want or need to. You absolutely do not need to complete the entire walk if you are unable. Upon finishing the walk, please there is entertainment, water, and vendor booths.

Why I am Making Strides

Because I want to make a difference in the fight to end breast cancer. I know that by raising funds and walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, I will help save lives from breast cancer. It is also a relatively short walk and one I am physically capable of doing with my disabilities.

I hope that one day breast cancer, or cancer of any sort, will never steal another year from anyone's life. Making Strides is not only my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, but it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease. That's why I'm walking.

Who I am Making Strides For

My reason for walking in the Making Strides event is personal – just like every other walker’s story. We all walk because we’ve been affected by breast cancer, or any other type of cancer, in some way, and because the Making Strides event gives us the power to make a difference and fight back. It also gives us a feeling of unity, joining together to fight a common foe. This is my opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, including my Aunt, and to remember people we have lost to any form of cancer. Just last year I lost my grandmother to cancer as well. I hope you will join me in trying to make a difference. I have lost several familiy member to cancer in one form or another and as of very recently I can say that I am in remission and can consider myself a cancer Survivor.

I have signed up to walk and fundraise with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I hope you will consider joining my team and/or making a donation in support of my efforts.

Together, we can make a differnce!


Public Asked to Report to Original Court Facilities

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on July 17, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Superior Court Diverts Public

From New Central Courthouse

Public Asked to Report to Original Court Facilities

Because of the delay in the opening of its New Central Courthouse, The San Diego Superior Court is asking those scheduled to appear at the new facility (1100 Union Street) to report to the older courthouses that contain the services they seek. Starting Monday, July 17th, the date court officials said the building services would begin, the Court will set up tables and staff to divert those who may not get word that the facility is not yet open. Litigants involved in Family and Probate cases will be asked to return to the old Family (1555 Sixth Avenue) and Probate (1409 Fourth Avenue) courthouses. The following week, those with Criminal cases that were assigned to the new facility will be asked to return to the Central Courthouse at 220 West Broadway. Potential jurors will be directed to Jury Services at the Hall of Justice (330 West Broadway), if they show up at the new courthouse.

“We have worked hard over the past few weeks to reach out to those who have cases or jury service assigned to the new central courthouse but we know that some people may not get the word. We are doing all we can to ensure we don’t inconvenience the public as they try to conduct their court business,” says Michael Roddy the Court’s Executive Officer.

The decision to delay the move was made because of the need for additional testing of the fire-life system in the 71-courtroom, 704,000 square foot facility. No set date has been given to restart the move process although it’s estimated operations can begin transferring services in early Fall.

Judicial Officer Moves- New Central Courthouse (1100 Union Street)

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1)

2017 Judicial Officer Moves—New Central Courthouse (1100 Union Street)

Please note the Judicial Assignments for the relocation of your case to the new courthouse.

Judicial Officer / From Dept /T o Dept / Effective date

Commissioner White / F1 / 601 / July 17

Judge Camarena / F2 / 602 / July 17

Judge Katz / F3 / 701 / July 17

Judge Rosenstein / F4 / 703 / July 17

Judge Guerrero / F5 / 704 / July 17

Judge Link / F6/  604 / July 17

Judge Braner / F8 / 603 / July 17

Judge Parker / F9 / 702 / July 17

Commissioner Wertheimer / 42/  804 / July 24

Commissioner McLaughlin 43 803 July 24

Commissioner Roberts / 44 / 802 / July 24

Judge Berry / 45 / 801 / July 24

Judge Oberholtzer / 5 / 901 / July 31

Judge Jessop / 41 / 902 / July 31


Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on June 5, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Superior Court of California

County of San Diego



PO BOX 122724

SAN DIEGO CA 92112-2724

May 12, 2017



Pursuant to Government Code § 68106 and Rule 10.620 of the California Rules of Court, the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, is providing over 60 days’ notice that it will be closing the Family Court Building at 1555 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 and the Madge Bradley building at 1409 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (including both business operations and courtrooms), and transferring the operations therein to the new San Diego Central Courthouse at 1100 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (the “Central Courthouse”;). The Family Court Building, which currently houses courtrooms F-1 to F-6, will close at 3:30 p.m. on July 12, 2017. The Madge Bradley building, which currently houses courtrooms F-8, F-9 and PC-1, PC-2, and PC-3 will close at 5:00 p.m. on July 12, 2017.

Family and Probate court operations and hearings in Family and Probate cases will resume on July 17, 2017 in the new Central Courthouse at 1100 Union Street. Effective that same date, all probate case filings, and filings for family cases pending in the Central venue district, must be made in the new Central Courthouse.

Also moving from the Family Court and Madge Bradley Buildings and reopening in the new Central Courthouse at 1100 Union Street beginning July 17, 2017 will be Family Court services, Family Law Facilitator services, the Domestic Violence Restraining Orders clinic operated by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, and the Children’s Waiting Room.

These actions are due to the completion of the building project to construct the new Central Courthouse.

The Court is inviting public comment on this change prior to implementation. To ensure prompt review and consideration, comments should be submitted electronically through the Court’s website at (click on “Invitation to Comment”;). For those without easy internet access, comments may be mailed to: Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, 220 W. Broadway, Executive Office, San Diego, CA 92101, attention Michael Roddy, Court Executive Officer.


Executive Officer


Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on April 24, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Superior Court of California, Family Law JUDICIAL REASSIGNMENT

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on January 4, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Notice Date: December 30, 2016


Effective Friday, January 27, 2017 Judge Pamela M. Parker will be assigned to Department F-9, Central Family Law Department located at 1409 4th Avenue, San Diego

Cases previously assigned to Judge Cindy D. Davis will be reassigned to Judge Pamela M. Parker in Department F-9.


Effective Monday, January 30, 2017 Judge Daniel F. Link will be assigned to Department F-6, Central Family Law Department located at 1555 6 th Avenue, San Diego.

Unless identified otherwise, cases previously assigned to Judge Patricia Guerrero will be reassigned to Judge Daniel F. Link in Department F-6.


Effective Monday, January 30, 2017 Judge Patricia Guerrero will be assigned to Department F-5, Central Family Law Department located at 1555 6th Avenue, San Diego on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Cases previously assigned to Judge Maureen F. Hallahan will be reassigned to Judge Patricia Guerrero in Department F-5.


Notice Date: December 29, 2016


Effective Wednesday, February 1, 2017 Judge Tilisha T. Martin will be assigned to Department 5, East County Division Family Law Department located at 250 East Main Street, El Cajon.

Cases previously assigned to Judge Robert O. Amador will be reassigned to Judge Tilisha T. Martin in Department 5.


Notice Date: December 29, 2016


Effective Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Judge Sharon L. Kalemkiarian will be assigned to Department 17.

Cases previously assigned to Judge Esteban Hernandez will be reassigned to Judge Kalemkiarian.


Effective Monday, January 30, 2017 Judge John B. Scherling will be assigned to Department 6, South County Division.

Cases previously assigned to Judge Albert T. Harutunian will be reassigned to Judge Scherling.


Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.6(a) (2), peremptory challenges are due within 15 days after notice of the case reassignment, or if the party has not yet appeared in the action, then within 15 days after the appearance.


NEWS RELEASE - Family Court Moves To Imaged Files

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on November 15, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Post Office Box 120128 San Diego, CA 92112-0128

Release: Immediately Contact: Karen Dalton

Date: 10/13/16 Phone: (619) 450-5353

San Diego Superior Court’s

Family Court Moves To Imaged Files

Electronic Documents Become Official Record on October 17th More than a year after implementing a new Family Law case management system, the Superior Court is set to designate imaged Family Court documents as the official Court record. All newly initiated cases filed on or after August 24, 2015 have been imaged, created into an electronic file, and will be the official Court record effective October 17, 2016. Those cases filed prior to August 24, 2015 will remain on paper at this time and titled as “legacy cases”.

With the new case management system, access to Family Court files will become easier. For example, Family Law cases will be accessible for public viewing via kiosks located at all Family Law Court locations. (Confidential cases and documents will not be available at the kiosks. The public must speak with the clerk concerning access to those files.) The public will be able to print copies of imaged Family Court documents, and retrieve them at the business office counter, after paying the clerk $.50/page.

“We continually strive to provide better access to our services for those involved in our Family Court cases. The imaging of case files is a critical part of our efforts. The availability of Family Court files electronically allows parties and their attorneys to view and obtain copies of Superior Court of California, County of San Diego documents in imaged cases without waiting in long lines in the business offices and reviewing cumbersome paper files to find the documents or court dates they need. We are grateful for the new imaging system and believe that it will help all parties navigate the system and obtain information more quickly and easily,” says Judge Maureen Hallahan, Supervising Judge of the Family Court.

One can determine if a Family Law case has been imaged, and turned into an electronic file, by conducting a case search on any computer. The word [IMAGED] will appear in the case title of the search results. To view the imaged file, one must use kiosks located at San Diego Family Court facilities.

The Court began implementation of the Tyler Technologies’ case management system in August 24, 2015 as it moved from an obsolete DOS-based operating system that was difficult to maintain and could not to be effectively updated.

This transition to a new computer program marks the first significant improvement in the San Diego Superior Court Family Law case management system in more than twenty years.

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Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 31, 2016 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Attorney disbarments, suspensions and probations in San Diego, California over the past six months (Through October 2016).

*This may not be a complete list and accuracy is not guaranteed. Please check the status of individual attorneys on the California State Bar Association website at: For a complete list of recent disciplinary actions against licensed attorneys for October 2016 please visit:


October 2016


• Christopher Ramos Macaraeg, San Diego

• Angela Elizabeth Mueller, San Diego

• Andrew William Quinn, San Diego



• Cari Donahue, Oceanside

• Sharon Marie Drew, San Diego

• Beryl Dean Droegemueller, Vista

• Robert Sibilia, Oceanside

• Todd Albert Warshof, San Diego



• None



• None


September 2016


• None



• Joseph Darrell Palmer, Carlsbad

• Manuel Luis Ramirez, San Diego



• None



• None


August 2016


• None



• Kirsten Andelman, Poway

• George Harvey Bye, San Diego

• Richard Medina, San Diego

• Richard Henry Wagner, San Diego



• Lawrence Theodore Osuch, Poway





July 2016


• John Douglass Jennings, Jr., San Diego

• Jessica Marie Vienna, San Diego

• James Joseph Warner, San Diego



• Sean Enrique O’Keefe, San Diego

• Bruce Howard Sobel, San Diego



• Nicholas Andrew Konoske, San Diego



• Douglas Dale Holthaus, San Diego


June 2016


• Kenneth Matthew Cooke, San Diego

• Edward Medina, San Diego



• None



• None



• None


May 2016


• Oscar Arturo Ruiz deChavez, Chula Vista

• Eric Francis Fagan, Chula Vista

• Joseph Giovanazzi, Vista

• Edward John Peckham, San Diego



• Lyndsey Michelle Heller, Carlsbad

• Ronny Mor, San Diego

• Randall Curtis Sterling, San Diego

• James Patrick Stoneman II, Claremont



• None



• None

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