OPEN LETTER TO THE BAR REGARDING MARIN CASES
November 16, 2011
As many of you know, this last year has been a difficult one for me. Our local economy has particularly suffered these last few years, resulting in a caseload for me which is twice as heavy as that of the other judges in the district. In addition, my responsibilities as chief judge have increased my workload. While I am blessed with a fine staff and outstanding deputy clerks to assist me in handling my cases, they can only do so much. In order for me to maintain the standards which I have set for myself, a reduction of my caseload is regrettably necessary.
Judge Carlson and Judge Montali have graciously offered to take on even more of my cases, even though they have already been helping out by hearing many of my adversary proceedings. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2012, and extending through at least December 31, 2012, I will order that all Chapter 11 cases and Chapter 13 cases from Marin county are to be filed and heard in San Francisco, along with all adversary proceedings arising out of or related to Marin County cases of any chapter. The San Francisco judges have authorized me to inform you that they understand that this change will impact your practice and will do everything in their power to minimize the inconvenience for you, including very liberal telephonic appearance procedures.
I appreciate the comments many of you have made to me, and have considered them carefully in making this decision. It is the minimum disruption I can make while reducing my caseload to a manageable level and making full use of the district's judicial resources. My responsibilities to your clients and my duties as chief judge require this change, at least temporarily.
Thank you for your understanding.