Updates from the Fourth Appellate District

Timothy Kowal, Esq.
October 12, 2020
At the OCBA's Appellate Section event last week, the Presiding Justices from each of the three divisions of the Fourth Appellate District provided some inside baseball on their respective divisions: Justice Judith McConnell from Division One (San Diego), Justice Manuel Ramirez from Division Two (Riverside), and Justice Kathleen O'Leary from Division Three (Santa Ana). Some highlights:

Div. 1: Crim. 45%; Civ. 48%; Juv. 7% (down from 20-25%; they don't know why)
Div. 2: Crim. 50%; Civ. 45%; Juv. 5%
Div. 3: Crim. 30%; Civ. 55%; Juv. 15%

Appearing Remotely:
Div. 1 is on video using WebX
Div. 2 is on video using BlueJeans
Div. 3 is still phone-only, hopes to be on video in Nov.

I'm sure the justices wish this went without saying: when appearing remotely, please don’t appear in front of an unmade bed or a sink of dirty dishes. Dress professionally.

Justices are conferring about cases via email, and the conferences are not as robust as in the robing room. But there is no estimate when normal will return.

Budgets are in crisis, and video imposes new costs. This may impact workloads.

Thanks to  , Marco A. Pulido , and Jenny Hua for putting this on.
#appeals #appellate #attorneys

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