COURT OF CONFUSION?
The County of San Bernardino continues its “reorganization” of the Superior Court Civil and Family law system with the projected opening of the new Justice Center in San Bernardino. As of May 2014, all limited and unlimited civil cases, including personal injury, product liability, medical/professional negligence and general civil, from anywhere in the vast County of San Bernardino, will be moved to the new San Bernardino Justice Center. Small claims, landlord tenant, traffic and non-traffic infractions from the San Bernardino, Fontana, and Rancho Cucamonga districts will now be heard in the Fontana courthouse.
Is the reorganization in the best interest of the community? Attorneys are at odds with San Bernardino County presiding Judge Marsha Slough as to the efficacy of the move, not only for attorneys but the litigants who must travel from all over the County of San Bernardino to have their cases heard. Are we once again proceeding toward longer waiting times for trial and other court hearings? Will the restructuring of the civil courts result in the efficiency and effectiveness of the courts, providing relief from the dire straights brought about by the current budget crisis? Only time will tell. Stayed tuned for further updates on the ever changing court system.
We at Heiting & Irwin remain available to consult on all types of cases, especially civil matters, and are prepared to handle those cases in all Southern California courts. Contact us for a FREE CONSULTATION at your convenience.