(Subscription required) Long is one of four collections bench officers in Los Angeles County, which means he gets a lot of self-represented litigants with prolonged debts — often credit cards or automotive loans — as well as attorneys on behalf of lenders.
A documentary called "Tribal Justice" focuses on a pair of tribal court Chief Judges currently serving in California. The tribes are the Yurok and Quechan, and the Chief Judges are Abby Abinante and Claudette White.
(Subscription required) The judge is also working on a pilot project to make translation available in all courts, including traffic court, family court and small claims, in his role as chair of the Judicial Council of California's subcommittee on small claims courts.
Throughout the year, new judge orientations are held in San Francisco. The one-week orientation program often includes attending a council meeting where the chief justice encourages them to participate on the the council and/or one of the council's committees.
Anyone who has traversed the complex judicial system knows that sitting in court could be a test of patience, and that reason often is a glaring one: There simply are not enough judges to hear your case.
(Subscription required) A day in Commissioner Cheryl A. McCann's court can be like watching a made-for-TV drama that is periodically interrupted by having to change the channel to other shows and then back again.
(Subscription required) Declaring that, "The state of California refuses to comply with the law," attorneys for a class of 3,400 active and retired California bench officers have demanded a trial judge enforce an order that the state pay $36 million plus interest stemming from non-payments during the height of the fiscal crisis.