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See our "Things to do while stuck at home" series

Posted on June 3, 2020 at 5:25 PM

Visit our Coronavirus/ Covid-19 page to see some ideas of things to do while stuck at home during Coronavirus/ Covid-19

https://www.familylegalease.com/coronaviruscovid19.htm


Series 1

  • Virtual tour of Irelands historical Blarney Castle
  • Virtual tour of Irelands Cliffs of Moher
  • Virtual tour The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks such as:
    • -Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park;
    • -Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico;
    • -Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah;
    • -Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska;
    • -Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida.

 

  

 


News Release - Covid-19 San Diego Superior Court to Offer Additional Services

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 9:20 AM

San Diego Superior Court to Offer Additional Services

Effective Tuesday, May 26

Remote services will increase and in-person services will continue to be limited SAN DIEGO – May 22, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego Superior Court has been closed for most non-emergency services from March 17 through May 22. On Tuesday, May 26, the Court will resume many services, though most will be provided remotely.

With the community spread of COVID-19 still a concern, in-person services at the courthouses will continue to be limited to urgent needs.


“Incredible behind-the-scenes work has been done throughout the Court’s closure with staff and

justice partners working tirelessly to enable remote work that has never before been a part of the Court’s processes,” said San Diego Superior Court Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne. “Our teams have navigated uncharted territories and found workable solutions for us to get back to a level of normal operations without having large numbers of people coming into the courthouses.”

Rescheduling notices are in progress to be sent to involved parties for more than 87,000 hearings. Most of those hearings will be handled remotely via video or telephone conference. Additional remote services include the creation and launch of a self-scheduling application on the Court’s website for Civil matters in need of status conferences to reset motions that were taken off calendar due to the COVID-19 closure and a new permanent option for electronic filing (eFile) of Family Law documents, saving time and eliminating the need to come in-person to the courthouse. In-person filings will only be accepted as drop offs and same-day processing of most new case initiations will not be available.

For those who must come into the courthouses for urgent needs, several precautions have been taken to maintain the safety of all court visitors and employees, including temperatures being taken at the door, increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and additional hand sanitizer kiosks in public areas. Masks or facial coverings will be required to be worn and social distancing will be enforced throughout the courthouses.

Each Court location will be available for the following in-person services:

• Central Courthouse

o Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Orders

o Limited Criminal services including payment of fines, proof of program compliance, warrant inquiries

o Limited Family and Family Support Division services including ex parte requests for all types of family matters and new filing drop offs

o Limited Probate services including emergency guardianships and conservatorships, emergency orders, payments, new filing drop offs

o Limited Appeals services including payments, new filing drop offs, pick up of ordered materials

• Hall of Justice

o Temporary Restraining Orders (all types except domestic violence)

o Limited Civil services including ex parte requests and new filing drop offs

o Limited Small Claims services including new filing drop offs and payments

• Traffic (Kearny Mesa)

o Payment of fines, proof of compliance, warrant and driver’s license hold inquiries

• Juvenile Court

o Juvenile Temporary Restraining Orders and other juvenile emergency orders

o Ex parte juvenile justice and dependency requests

o Emergency requests pursuant to Welfare & Institution Code § 827

• North County

o Temporary Restraining Orders (all types)

o Limited Criminal services including payment of fines, proof of program compliance, warrant inquiries

o Limited Family services including ex parte requests for all types of family matters and new filing drop offs

o Limited Civil services including ex parte requests and new filing drop offs

o Limited Traffic services including payment of fines, proof of compliance, warrant and driver’s license hold inquiries

o Limited Juvenile dependency services including new filing drop offs and adoptions

• East County

o Temporary Restraining Orders (all types)

o Limited Criminal services including payment of fines, proof of program compliance, warrant inquiries

o Limited Family services including ex parte requests for all types of family matters and new filing drop offs

o Limited Traffic services including payment of fines, proof of compliance, warrant and driver’s license hold inquiries

o Limited Juvenile dependency services including new filing drop offs

• South County

o Temporary Restraining Orders (all types)

o Limited Criminal services including payment of fines, proof of program compliance, warrant inquiries

o Limited Family services including ex parte requests for all types of family matters and new filing drop offs

o Limited Traffic services including payment of fines, proof of compliance, warrant and driver’s license hold inquiries


Answers to frequently asked questions about the Court’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic are also posted online at sdcourt.ca.gov/coronavirus.

Jury trials currently remain on hold and self-help services are available for emergency needs. If you need assistance in an emergency matter, please refer to the following sources:

• Legal Aid Society of San Diego: www.lassd.org; 877-534-2524

• San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program: www.sdvlp.org; 619-235-5656

• Center for Community Solutions: www.ccssd.org; 858-272-5777

• Family Law Facilitator: FLF staff is available in the Central, East, North and South County Division offices for walk-in assistance with ex parte requests for restraining orders.

Electronically Images Court Records in Family Law Cases

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 8:50 AM

On May 22, 2020 the Superior Court of California County of San Diego issued General Order 052220-55

In Re: Procedures Regarding Electronically Imaged Court Records, Electronic Filing, and Access to Electronic Court Records in Family Law Cases 

The ultimate goal of the Imaging Program is to create paperless or electronic file in all family law cases.

Effective May 26, 2020, the San Diego Superior Court will begin permissive electronic filing of documents directly with the court in specific family law cases. "Odyssey eFileCA" is the official San Diego Superior Court eFiling portal for family law cases, which allows court documents to be directly and securely transmitted to the court via the internet. "E-Filing Service Providers" (EFSPs) are companies/organizations that provide an online service to assist with filing documents with the court.

To read the general order please click on the link above.




New Courtroom assignment for San Diego Family Law

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 2:55 PM

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



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

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM


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


PUBLIC NOTICE: CLOSURE OF COURTHOUSE BUILDINGS

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Superior Court of California

County of San Diego

CENTRAL COURTHOUSE

220 WEST BROADWAY

PO BOX 122724

SAN DIEGO CA 92112-2724

May 12, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE

CLOSURE OF COURTHOUSE BUILDINGS (FAMILY COURT AND MADGE BRADLEY)/TRANSFER OF OPERATIONS


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 www.sdcourt.ca.gov (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.


MICHAEL M. RODDY

Executive Officer

NEWS RELEASE - Family Court Moves To Imaged Files

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 2:35 PM

NEWS RELEASE

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA  COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

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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RECENT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE IN SAN DIEGO

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 8:20 PM

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: Calbar.gov. For a complete list of recent disciplinary actions against licensed attorneys for October 2016 please visit: http://www.calbarjournal.com/October2016/AttorneyDiscipline/Disbarments.aspx

 


October 2016

DISBARMENT

• Christopher Ramos Macaraeg, San Diego

• Angela Elizabeth Mueller, San Diego

• Andrew William Quinn, San Diego

 

SUSPENSION

• Cari Donahue, Oceanside

• Sharon Marie Drew, San Diego

• Beryl Dean Droegemueller, Vista

• Robert Sibilia, Oceanside

• Todd Albert Warshof, San Diego

 

PROBATION

• None

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

• None

 


September 2016

DISBARMENT

• None

 

SUSPENSION

• Joseph Darrell Palmer, Carlsbad

• Manuel Luis Ramirez, San Diego

 

PROBATION

• None

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

• None

 


August 2016

DISBARMENT

• None

 

SUSPENSION

• Kirsten Andelman, Poway

• George Harvey Bye, San Diego

• Richard Medina, San Diego

• Richard Henry Wagner, San Diego

 

PROBATION

• Lawrence Theodore Osuch, Poway

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

None

 


July 2016

DISBARMENT

• John Douglass Jennings, Jr., San Diego

• Jessica Marie Vienna, San Diego

• James Joseph Warner, San Diego

 

SUSPENSION

• Sean Enrique O’Keefe, San Diego

• Bruce Howard Sobel, San Diego

 

PROBATION

• Nicholas Andrew Konoske, San Diego

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

• Douglas Dale Holthaus, San Diego

 

June 2016

DISBARMENT

• Kenneth Matthew Cooke, San Diego

• Edward Medina, San Diego

 

SUSPENSION

• None

 

PROBATION

• None

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

• None


 

May 2016

DISBARMENT

• Oscar Arturo Ruiz deChavez, Chula Vista

• Eric Francis Fagan, Chula Vista

• Joseph Giovanazzi, Vista

• Edward John Peckham, San Diego

 

SUSPENSION

• Lyndsey Michelle Heller, Carlsbad

• Ronny Mor, San Diego

• Randall Curtis Sterling, San Diego

• James Patrick Stoneman II, Claremont

 

PROBATION

• None

 

PUBLIC REPROVAL

• None


Rivka Israel Esq.

Family Legal Ease

3200 Fourth Ave, Ste 201

San Diego, CA 92103

858-487-3279

 

NEWS RELEASE - Family Court Moves To Imaged Files

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM

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 beable 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 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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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Renewed

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Renewed Request, time is running out. Please click on the image to follow the link to donate or join my team and walk with us. 



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!

 

Rivka


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