Sep 30, 2016

Way cases are scheduled in Humboldt Superior Court to change again

I heard over a month ago, some changes were being proposed, again, in the way cases were going to be called and scheduled in Humboldt Superior Courtrooms.

Humboldt County Superior Court CEO Kim Bartleson confirmed changes and had told me she was waiting for approval from Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrich.

Those changes seem to have been finalized. I know December dates reflect some changes and am waiting to hear the exact timeline and some clarification from Ms. Bartleson.

This is what I have heard so far:

1. Cases will remain in home court. ( Isn't this how it was before? Certain alphabets divided among four courtrooms hearing criminal cases?)

2. There will be a court for set aside for preliminary hearings all day.

3. There will be a master calendar court.

4. Trial assignment seems to have been changed to 9:45 a.m. 

With these changes, I asked Ms. Bartleson if there will
 no longer be one misdemeanor court and one felony court. And, if all day jury trials would be continued.

Just last September, some changes were made to address the backlog of cases going to preliminary hearings and trial. Some jury trials went all day. When that happened, other courts called multiple calendars. Courtroom 2 was hearing all misdemeanors. Courtroom 5 all felonies.

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