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What's Your Weirdest Case? Judges Answer Questions on the Courts -- Edited by Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow with contributions from other San Francisco Superior Court Judges.
Meet the judges: a community forum
On May 14, 2015, in partnership with The Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Superior Court held the “Meet the Judges: A Community Forum” where members of the public were able to ask questions of San Francisco Judges outside of the courtroom. Over 70 members of the public attended and had the opportunity to speak with Judges about topics that included Civil Harassment/Restraining Orders, Family Law, Housing, Traffic, Small Claims, ACCESS Self-Help Center, and Jury Service. A short reception where citizens could talk one-on-one with the Judges was held after the event.
Photo from left to right- Timothy W. Moppin, BASF President, T. Michael Yuen, Court Executive Officer, Judge Donald S. Mitchell, Presiding Judge John K. Stewart, Judge Gail Dekreon, Judge Edward Torpoco, Judge Monica F. Wiley, Assistant Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson, and Judge Angela Bradstreet.
legislators visit the court to learn about state budget cuts
In an effort to inform lawmakers about the significant impacts five years of state budget cuts have inflicted on the San Francisco Superior Court, Presiding Judge John K. Stewart and Court Executive Officer T. Michael Yuen met in March and April 2015 with Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Phil Ting, and Assemblymember David Chiu, Assistant Speaker pro Tempore, in their San Francisco offices, to discuss the impact of state budget cuts and a new funding formula on the Court.
The San Francisco Superior Court hosts many foreign delegations of visitors eager to learn more about the American justice system and the trial courts in California. Delegations often visit from China, Japan, Korea and Australia. Foreign delegations bring their own translator and observe court proceedings and visit with San Francisco Superior Court Judges who answer their questions about the justice system in California.
Presiding Judge John K. Stewart (center, back row), Assistant Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson (back row, right), Judge Harold E. Kahn (left, first row), Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng (center left, first row), Judge Lillian K. Sing (center right, first row) and Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos (right, first row), host a judicial delegation from the Supreme Court of Korea in March 2015.
Presiding Judge John K. Stewart (center) meets with Japanese judges, arbitrators and professors in March 2015.
Day in Court Program for San Francisco Schoolchildren
In cooperation with the San Francisco Superior Court, The Day in Court Program, under the direction of the Barristers' Club of San Francisco, takes students from the classroom to the courtroom, allowing them to witness first-hand the trial of civil cases.
(photo left) Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow meets with San Francisco schoolchildren in his courtroom after answering their questions during a trip to the Civic Center Courthouse.
Tours take place at the San Francisco County Courthouse located at 400 McAllister Street and are led by tour guides who are practicing attorneys. Each tour accommodates 50-60 students and takes place on Thursday mornings throughout the school year.
Judges meet with the students at the end of their visit to answer any questions they may have about the judicial system.
Judge Karnow has recently edited a valuable resource for students based on real questions Judges have received from students during visits to the San Francisco Superior Court. The book, What's Your Weirdest Case? Judges Answer Questions on the Courts, is a valuable resource for students, teachers or anyone seeking answers to the most commonly-asked questions about the courts and serving as a Judge.
Ann E. Donlan