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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 (0)

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 by Rivka Israel, Esq. on June 7, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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

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

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 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: 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

 

New Commissioner Peter Fagan Takes the Oath of Office

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 20, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

San Diego Superior Court

Names New Commissioner

Peter Fagan Takes the Oath of Office


San Diego Superior Court judges have selected attorney Peter Fagan to serve as a Court Commissioner. He took the oath of office [9/19/2016].


Commissioner Fagan brings a broad range of experience to the Bench. Having served as a legal officer in the U.S Navy, Commissioner Fagan has worked as a military prosecutor, personal legal advisor to two Secretaries of the Navy, managing attorney and a military supervisory trial judge. His post-military experience includes work as a private practice attorney and a Temporary Judge at our Court in the areas of Small Claims, Traffic, Family Law Settlement Conference and Juvenile Dependency and Delinquency. He also served as a Commissioner with the Superior Court in Contra Costa County, hearing cases in the areas of Small Claims, Unlawful Detainer, Traffic, and Civil Harassment.


Commissioner Fagan holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from the National War College, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law where he also holds an L.L.M.


A commissioner is an attorney selected by the judges of the court and given powers to hear and make decisions concerning certain legal matters, including family and juvenile court cases, as well as criminal, traffic, small claims and unlawful detainer cases.

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NEWS RELEASE - Family Court Moves To Imaged Files

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 20, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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 by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 10, 2016 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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

New legislation Republican Legislation

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 5, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Keep informed of your rights. Stay in the know. 


New Republican Legislation potentially taking away your rights.

S.1553 introduced by Republican Sen. Graham, Lindsey under the name "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" - effectively taking away a woman right to make medical decisions relating to her person and making it illegal for a medical professional to perform an abortion without meeting very restricting requirements.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1553/text" target="_blank">https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1553/text


While at the same time introducing a bill to Defund Planned Parenthood and S.1861 - A bill to prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood by Republican Sen. Paul, Rand. 

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1861/text" target="_blank">https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1861/text 


Then there is the Bill H.R.596 - To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which has already passed the passed the house with one amendment and next will have to pass the senate.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596/text" target="_blank">https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/596/text


S.2040 - Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

Posted by Rivka Israel, Esq. on October 5, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

S.2040 - Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

On 09/28/2016 Bill S. 2040 Became Public Law

Summary

Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act

 

(Sec. 3) This bill amends the federal judicial code to narrow the scope of foreign sovereign immunity (i.e., a foreign state's immunity from the jurisdiction of U.S. courts).

 

Specifically, it authorizes federal court jurisdiction over a civil claim against a foreign state for physical injury to a person or property or death that occurs inside the United States as a result of: (1) an act of international terrorism, and (2) a tort committed anywhere by an official, agent, or employee of a foreign state acting within the scope of employment.

 

International terrorism does not include an act of war. Federal court jurisdiction does not extend to a tort claim based on an omission or an act that is merely negligent.

 

A U.S. national may file a civil action against a foreign state for physical injury, death, or damage as a result of an act of international terrorism committed by a designated terrorist organization.

 

(Sec. 4) The bill amends the federal criminal code to impose civil liability on a person who conspires to commit or aids and abets (by knowingly providing substantial assistance) an act of international terrorism committed, planned, or authorized by a designated terrorist organization.

 

(Sec. 5) It establishes exclusive federal court jurisdiction over civil claims under this bill.

 

It authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene in civil proceedings to seek a stay. A court may grant the stay if the Department of State certifies that the United States is engaged in good-faith discussions with the foreign state to resolve the civil claims.

 

(Sec. 7) This bill's amendments apply to a civil claim: (1) pending on or commenced on or after enactment; and (2) arising out of an injury to a person, property, or business on or after September 11, 2001.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2040/text" target="_blank">Link to Text of Act




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