Monday, April 12, 2010

WEDNESDAY EVENT: Judges field questions about court system

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles County

Contact: Public Information Office 213-974-5227

Public Information Officer: Allan Parachini



April 12, 2010


Judges’ Night Draws CSUN Students and

Public To Cross-Examine Bench Officers


              NORTHRIDGE—Eleven bench officers from the Los Angeles Superior Court will field questions about today’s California court system at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010, for the annual California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Judges’ Night in the student union’s Grand Salon. 


              Judge Barbara Scheper will introduce her fellow LASC panelists -- judges, a commissioner and referees -- and outline the program.  Other scheduled bench officers are Judge Huey Cotton, Judge Graciela Freixes, Judge Bert Glennon, Judge Martin Herscovitz, Judge Michael Kellogg, Judge Thomas Rubinson, and Judge Michael Terrell, Commissioner Mitchell Block, Referee Mark Frazin and Referee Marilyn Mordetzky.


               San Fernando Valley Bar Association President Robert Flagg will deliver opening remarks and CSUN Associate Professor Lawrence Becker will moderate the program. The annual event began more than a decade ago, continuously supported by the Court, the CSUN Political Science Department and the SFVBA. Last year’s Judges’ Night attracted nearly 300 attendees; there is no admission charge.  (Parking costs $6.)


               The participating bench officers hear cases in the Chatsworth, Santa Clarita, Van Nuys and juvenile courthouses and are conversant in criminal, civil, juvenile, traffic and family law matters. 


               Written questions submitted to the panel of bench officers will be screened by three SFVBA members.  An question-and-answer session is also anticipated.  Over the years, the bench officers were asked wide-ranging questions from the  personal, such as “how do I get hired by the court,” to the complex, for example “how is the court system funded?”


               Further information is available by calling 213-974-5227.


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