Browsing All Posts filed under »Family Courts«

When the court falsifies the record it undermines the integrity of the judicial system

June 20, 2014


Nobody is above the law. Well, except sometimes, when you’re a California judge. We generally make it a point to shy away legal cases and focus on what is wrong with the judicial branch. Mostly what is wrong with the judicial branch can be found in San Francisco. However……sometimes we see a series of incidents […]

Corrected Article: Judge Halpin goes back on schedule with 23 cases

January 10, 2013


This article has been corrected to reflect new information : We’re obliged to correct this article after obtaining an email inquiry forwarded to us from the court. It appears that “Assigned Judge Ha” does not represent Jack Halpin but instead, represents “Juvenile Hall” according to Melissa Fowler-Bradley Accordingly, we’ve struck much of this article as […]

“Judge” Jack Halpin vs. Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye

January 1, 2013


It took us some time but we finally were able to get our hands on the chief justices order of December 18th 2012 to Judge Jack Halpin. We’re having a little more difficulty coming by the letter that the AOC wrote to the Attorney Generals’ office indicating that the quo warranto is a moot point. […]

People of the State of California vs. Judge Jack Halpin

December 28, 2012


According to courthouse workers, “Judge” Jack Halpin has actually retired three times. Yet even today, Judge Jack Halpin can be found sitting on the Shasta bench adjudicating family law cases as if he never left. The apparent loophole that someone is using to unlawfully and unconstitutionally usurp the role of a judge is that he […]

Jury Finds Nevada County Superior Court Guilty of Retaliation

October 12, 2012


Verdict in whistleblower’s historic case exposes the flaws of an unregulated legal system SACRAMENTO, CA – Former family court mediator Emily Gallup prevailed today in an historic wrongful termination lawsuit against the Nevada County Superior Court (NCSC). After three days of deliberation, a Sacramento jury found NCSC guilty of retaliating against Ms. Gallup, awarding her […]

Links from our friends at the Center for Judicial Excellence

October 9, 2012


While our primary focus is on the Judicial Council and the AOC, we also look at reforms at this level as the gateway to reforming different parts of our judicial branch where we think something needs tweaking. That won’t be our mission, nor will it evolve in that general direction. We like to cover interesting […]

SEC – an endless summer of comments

July 27, 2012


AOC  under-reporting of special funds account balances Before we get to the meat and potatoes of this mornings post: Remember the recent scandal where State Parks were pleading poor and unable to keep state parks open? The parks director resigned and her deputy was fired when the department of finance found that state parks had […]

34 Days – Sacrificing the credibility of a whole organization over a few bad apples

August 13, 2011


We at Judicial Council Watcher are elated to hear that 25 layoff notices have been rescinded but 25 is not enough. Anyone with any current experience waiting at the counters of San Francisco Courts knows that the windows now are plentiful, yet the clerks to man them are in short supply. This situation will only […]

Dirty Cops – An op-ed by “The Reformer”

June 23, 2011


Dirty Cops – By:The Reformer I used to think that the AOC was like a specialized police force, charged with ensuring that all California courts comply with the law.  In April of 2010, I called the AOC to report a number of crimes I had witnessed in the family law department of our superior court.  […]

Audit Ordered in Nevada County in Response to Court Mediator’s Claims

February 12, 2011


Audit Ordered in Response to Court Mediator’s Claims Yet another county is alleged to have violated the law with respect to court mediation. This makes four county courts known to judicialcouncilwatcher that are looking the other way while this states’ laws are not being adhered to.

Op-Ed reply: The JLAC /BSA audit of the Marin County Courts

January 28, 2011


Here is the Center for Judicial Excellence’s response to Judge Boren and Ms. Kim Turner’s Op Ed about the recent Family Court Audit last Friday, which appears in today’s Marin Independent Journal. The IJ editors replaced my reference to Ms. Turner’s involvement in the document destruction with a more general reference to “the court,” though […]

Kids for Cash

November 10, 2010


If history has taught us any lessons, those lessons often reflect that history repeats itself. Let’s take a look at cottage privatization projects of the Judicial Branch, such as the PA Child Care “Kids for Cash” scandal and how this parallels what is happening with California’s custody evaluators, minor counsel, conflict of interests contracts, software projects and construction projects […]

Separation of powers vs. checks and balances

November 5, 2010


Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu’s various writings and commentary on political structure were utilized by James Madison as an integral part of the framing of a document that we know as the U.S. Constitution. It was Montenesquieu’s belief that a separation of powers should exist between the legislative, executive and judicial branches […]

Quasi-judicial immunity for fraud upon the court? The Stephen Doyne debacle

October 26, 2010


Clinical psychology isn’t glorious, high paying work. The average clinical psychologist works as a part of a multi-disciplinary practice and makes about $78,000.00 a year. That is, unless they specialize as a custody evaluator and wrap their business plan around high conflict divorce. Let’s take the case of Stephen Doyne, a clinical psychologist that manages to generate […]