Jun 19, 2017

Humboldt Superior Court hires Timothy Canning as Court Commissioner

Timothy A. Canning to start as Court Commissioner, effective July 1 at the Humboldt Superior Court.

I contacted Humboldt County Superior Court CEO Kim Bartelson to ask if Mr. Manning will temporarily take over Judge Marilyn Miles's courtroom.

She said Mr. Canning is replacing the Commissioner who retired in March.

Press Release:

The Humboldt Superior Court has hired Timothy A Canning as Court Commissioner, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Canning has been serving as Interim Commissioner since March, 2017.

 Tim earned his undergraduate degree in 1981 from the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating cum laude with a B.G.S. degree in public administration. He graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1990 with a J.D. degree. On December 4, 1990, Canning was admitted to practice law in California, United States Northern District of California, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Following his admission to the Bar, Canning worked with the small litigation and probate firm in San Francisco, then opened his own law practice in Arcata in 2001. Prior to joining the Court as a research attorney, Canning worked with Humboldt County Probation as an administrative analyst.
Court Commissioners perform various judicial functions and duties with respect to traffic, criminal, small claims, child support, family law, juvenile, probate, and other matters. They are appointed to perform judicial functions to assist the court in performing its constitutional and statutory duties for the administration of justice, with primary responsibility fore residing over a daily court calendar as assigned, including acting as a temporary judge in cases, and performing other related duties as assigned.
“I am looking forward to continue working with the Superior Court, court staff, the local Bar Association, and serving the people of Humboldt County,” states Mr. Canning.


  1. Thank you for all you do John Chiv it doesn't seem like the courts could run without you.

  2. Thanks for the kind words anon. The court staff does the running part. I just try and do my best to inform the public.

  3. "The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate." Thomas Jefferson.
    If we are not informed, how do we make choices or require others to do their job?
    A court commissioner can also be a step on the way to a court appointment, so this news is quite pertinent. Thank you.

  4. John - I have spoked with many local lawyers and they ALL love John Chiv because he makes them look good. Great work John Chiv.

    1. lol Anon, not ALL local lawyers would agree but most would. I just report the facts in court. Those who are good earned their reputation and kudos by being the excellent, hard working lawyers they are.

    2. just make sure you don't protect the bad lawyers we need to know who

  5. I don't protect anyone. I report. I also am not someone afraid of stating the truth. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know that. In any situation, you should not just listen to me or any one else but research, read and keep yourself well informed.