Oct 4, 2016

Starting November 21, these are the changes in scheduling for Humboldt Superior Court

Humboldt County Superior Court CEO Kim Bartleson followed up on my questions and post from September 10 and shared the following information:

"The new court schedule effective date is November 212016.

We will have one court that will be designated as the Preliminary -Arraignment court. Preliminary hearings will be heard commencing at 9:45 through noon. Overflow Preliminary hearings will be at 3:30 p.m.

Trial assignment will be moving to 9:45. a.m. 

There will be a Master Calendar Court.

The court still intends to conduct all day jury trials.

One additional change that will be included is the sentencings will be at 8:30 not at the presently designated time of 4:00."

September 10 post:

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.

This is the previous post: http://johnchiv.blogspot.com/2015/09/courtroom-calendar-musical-chairs-with.html?m=1


  1. The change of time for sentencing, while it make inconvenience people who have to come to Eureka from outlying areas, would seem to be more efficient both for the court and for lawyers' scheduling on that day since many cases (with juries) don't start until later.
    Also, not having to wait until the end of the day would seem to expedite the processing of whatever paperwork is involved.
    What's your opinion John, from you observations of the previous system?

    1. I think it is better in the morning than at 4 p.m. How it will all fit with the changes, I think I want to wait and see.