Judges: You want a Unbiased, Fair and Balanced Judge.
- Keep great notes and make sure to obtain the name and contact information of the court reporter.
- Court Reporter: In some cases there is NOT a court reporter - if not, try and record the court hearing if allowed and or obtain several names of others in the court room. Immediately write down what the Judge / Commissioner did wrong and get others who witnessed it to sign your document.
- You may need to get court documents to show / proof of any bias and or lack of following their own rules / protocalls to properly handle your case.
Napa Contact Phone Numbers regarding Rules of the Court: In known Order of Sequence:
Example of a Rule: OSC (Order Showing Cause) - Per Excutive Office Napa Sup. Court, the Judge is required to respond w/in 3 Business days when an OSC is filed. A Judge will hold you to the fire to file and respond on items w/in timely manners and as such a Judge and or the Court should also be held responsible to their SAME Rules to make sure they respond accordingly!
Napa Rules Website: Click Here
1. Fawn Huss (Civil Division Supervisor) Civil - Research/Records 299-1140 - If unable to assist, then;
2. Maureen Larsen ( Deputy Court Executive) - If unable to assist, then;
3. Connie R. Brennan, CCLS (Court Administrative Assistant - Sup. Court of Ca, Napa). Located in Excutive offices, 3rd Floor. Administration - Court Executive Offices 299-1110 - If unable to assist, then;
4. ??? - Person inbetween...I don't recall the name of this person.
5. Napa Court CEO Richard (Rick) Feldstein - Mr. Feldstein is the overall person in charge of running the day to day operations of the Napa County Superior Court. 299-1110
6. Former CEO = Stephen Bouch. Mr. Bouch is the overall person in charge of running the day to day operations of the Napa County Superior Court. 299-1110
7. Presiding Judge is in charge of Napa Commissioners - if you have an issue with a commissioner, you have to first file with the Local "Friend" Presiding Judge. The chances a "Friend" Presiding Local Judge will do anything is highly inlikely - what a JOKE! Note: I was informed that if you have an open case and have concerns about what is occuring within the court that the Presiding Judge will likely not address the concerns as a matter of potential conflict....thus, it is my understanding that if you have a concern with a Judge, that it is probably recommended to file directly with the CA State Judicial Branch and bypass contacting any local resources
Other Phone Numbers:
State Law / Rules / Timelines that Judges must follow: 415-865-4200 or 916-323-3121
Judicial Performance / Complaints / Follow-Up: 415-557-1200
Judicial Disqualification in California - See Below Codes
** NOTE ** Do Not Wait to remove a Judge whom you believe to be biased
Most Common Code used to disqualify a Judge in CA is 170.6
California Code Of Civil Procedure Section 170.6
(a) (1) No judge, court commissioner, or referee of any superior court of the State of California shall try any civil or criminal action or special proceeding of any kind or character nor hear any matter therein that involves a contested issue of law or fact when it shall be established as hereinafter provided that the judge or court commissioner is prejudiced against any party or attorney or the interest of any party or attorney appearing in the action or proceeding.
(2) Any party to or any attorney appearing in any action or proceeding may establish this prejudice by an oral or written motion without notice supported by affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury or an oral statement under oath that the judge, court commissioner, or referee before whom the action or proceeding is pending or to whom it is assigned is prejudiced against any party or attorney or the interest of the party or attorney so that the party or attorney cannot or believes that he or she cannot have a fair and impartial trial or hearing before the judge, court commissioner, or referee. Where the judge, other than a judge assigned to the case for all purposes, court commissioner, or referee assigned to or who is scheduled to try the cause or hear the matter is known at least 10 days before the date set for trial or hearing, the motion shall be made at least 5 days before that date. If directed to the trial of a cause where there is a master calendar, the motion shall be made to the judge supervising the master calendar not later than the time the cause is assigned for trial. If directed to the trial of a cause that has been assigned to a judge for all purposes, the motion shall be made to the assigned judge or to the presiding judge by a party within 10 days after notice of the all purpose assignment, or if the party has not yet appeared in the action, then within 10 days after the appearance. If the court in which the action is pending is authorized to have no more than one judge and the motion claims that the duly elected or appointed judge of that court is prejudiced, the motion shall be made before the expiration of 30 days from the date of the first appearance in the action of the party who is making the motion or whose attorney is making the motion. In no event shall any judge, court commissioner, or referee entertain the motion if it be made after the drawing of the name of the first juror, or if there be no jury, after the making of an opening statement by counsel for plaintiff, or if there is no opening statement by counsel for plaintiff, then after swearing in the first witness or the giving of any evidence or after trial of the cause has otherwise commenced. If the motion is directed to a hearing (other than the trial of a cause), the motion shall be made not later than the commencement of the hearing. In the case of trials or hearings not herein specifically provided for, the procedure herein specified shall be followed as nearly as may be. The fact that a judge, court commissioner, or referee has presided at or acted in connection with a pretrial conference or other hearing, proceeding, or motion prior to trial and not involving a determination of contested fact issues relating to the merits shall not preclude the later making of the motion provided for herein at the time and in the manner hereinbefore provided. A motion under this paragraph may be made following reversal on appeal of a trial court's decision, or following reversal on appeal of a trial court's final judgment, if the trial judge in the prior proceeding is assigned to conduct a new trial on the matter. Notwithstanding paragraph (3), the party who filed the appeal that resulted in the reversal of a final judgment of a trial court may make a motion under this section regardless of whether that party or side has previously done so. The motion shall be made within 60 days after the party or the party's attorney has been notified of the assignment.
(3) If the motion is duly presented and the affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury is duly filed or an oral statement under oath is duly made, thereupon and without any further act or proof, the judge supervising the master calendar, if any, shall assign some other judge, court commissioner, or referee to try the cause or hear the matter. In other cases, the trial of the cause or the hearing of the matter shall be assigned or transferred to another judge, court commissioner, or referee of the court in which the trial or matter is pending or, if there is no other judge, court commissioner, or referee of the court in which the trial or matter is pending, the Chair of the Judicial Council shall assign some other judge, court commissioner, or referee to try the cause or hear the matter as promptly as possible. Except as provided in this section, no party or attorney shall be permitted to make more than one such motion in any one action or special proceeding pursuant to this section; and in actions or special proceedings where there may be more than one plaintiff or similar party or more than one defendant or similar party appearing in the action or special proceeding, only one motion for each side may be made in any one action or special proceeding.
(4) Unless required for the convenience of the court or unless good cause is shown, a continuance of the trial or hearing shall not be granted by reason of the making of a motion under this section. If a continuance is granted, the cause or matter shall be continued from day to day or for other limited periods upon the trial or other calendar and shall be reassigned or transferred for trial or hearing as promptly as possible.
(5) Any affidavit filed pursuant to this section shall be in substantially the following form:
(Here set forth court and cause)
State of California, ) PEREMPTORY CHALLENGE
County of __________ ) ss.
_______, being duly sworn, deposes and says: That he or she is a party (or attorney for a party) to the within action (or special proceeding). That _____ the judge, court commissioner, or referee before whom the trial of the (or a hearing in the) aforesaid action (or special proceeding) is pending (or to whom it is assigned) is prejudiced against the party (or his or her attorney) or the interest of the party (or his or her attorney) so that affiant cannot or believes that he or she cannot have a fair and impartial trial or hearing before the judge, court commissioner, or referee. Subscribed and sworn to before me this
| ____ day of ____, 20__.
(Clerk or notary public or
other officer administering oath)
(6) Any oral statement under oath or declaration under penalty of perjury made pursuant to this section shall include substantially the same contents as the affidavit above.z
(b) Nothing in this section shall affect or limit Section 170 or Title 4 (commencing with Section 392) of Part 2, and this section shall be construed as cumulative thereto.
(c) If any provision of this section or the application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the section that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application and to this end the provisions of this section are declared to be severable.
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