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Unjust Delays in San Diego Family Law Courts

In yet another symptom of the diseased San Diego Family Law courts and State of California, an illness on the bench is causing months of delays in trials and hearings. Judge Lorna Alksne is filling in for an ill judge in El Cajon (East County) court from Tuesday to Thursday, leaving only Monday and Friday for her to hear her own cases. The result is that hearings and trials are being pushed back, sometimes for months. In today’s broken courts, it’s not unusual for San Diego divorces to take more than two years of legal warfare. It’s a far cry from anybody’s concept of a “fair and speedy trial”. Sometimes, it is more like government-assisted child abuse.

Retired Judges No Longer Employed Extensively for Backfill

Previously, it was common for San Diego Superior Court to temporarily rehire retired judges to fill in for absences and to handle case overload. This makes sense from a cost perspective as there are no more retirement contributions being paid in for temporary rehires.

But today, the state government’s fiscal house is not only out of order but is figuratively burning to the ground due in part to government overspending and waste. Funds to pay for more cost-efficient handling of court staff absences and shortages are absent. Particularly hard hit are the family law courts. The result is a growing backlog of court cases, leading to unjust delays for many families.

Divorce Case of the Moores, Outgoing Padres Owners

Among the families affected by these delays are the Moores, the outgoing owners of the San Diego Padres. Their battles are primarily about money and the discovery process to find assets. The affair John Moores had with a former San Diego gynecologist Dianne Rosenberg apparently was the impetus for Rebecca Moores to file for divorce in case SDSC D507634 [1] on January 30, 2008. Alksne has delayed the start of their trials for months, now pushing it out from December 3, 2009 to March 15, 2010. While the delays in this case may be upsetting to the participants as it stretches beyond two years of litigation, there are no minor children involved.

Children Deprived of Parents

Sadly, the children of divorcing parents are often among the worst affected parties by the delays in Alksne’s family law courts. Rather than focusing on child custody issues first, the courts mix custody and financial issues and thereby delay correcting custody imbalances for months. They further build hostility and resentment on the part of unfairly aggrieved parents who are being blocked from reasonable time with their children. Such reactions to the injustices perpetrated by these courts are entirely reasonable.

Parents who have obtained interim sole or majority custody are given incentive to drag out trials for as long as possible, harming both the children and the other parent. The court allows this to happen, even encourages it. Alksne’s courts further enable parental alienation, financial victimization, and other abuses and crimes against children and parents by vindictive parties who are unwilling to cooperate sharing custody. They and their attorneys resort to stunts such as false abuse allegations, repeated use of continuances, delaying psychological evaluations by nonpayment of fees and claiming they are “preparing more evidence” for which the evaluator must wait months, and other tricks to falsely obtain custody and then retain it through years of delays.

Further aggravating these problems, judges who appoint minor’s counsel often fail to supervise these attorneys and allow them to drag out for years cases that should be resolved in weeks. They allow them to financially victimize the public and/or parents who are paying their bills and to emotionally abuse the children and/or parents by failing to do an adequate job. Frequently, minor’s counsel attorneys never even meet their supposed clients. In many cases, these attorneys often take the side of one parent against the other based upon identifying with their gender or some other illegitimate reason. This amounts to government-endorsed sexism, parental alienation, and emotional child abuse, often with the victimized parent paying for half or more of it.

By the time the courts rule on such cases, children, parents, and extended families have been wronged for years. They are often then wronged again when judges deny restoration of equal shared custody on the basis that the children are not used to living with the victimized parent. Crime pays in San Diego family law courts, courtesy of shoddy judges and a corrupt family law system presided over by Judge Lorna Alksne.

Support Payments: Pay Your Abuser Or Else!

Adding insult to tragic injury, the courts also frequently impose child and/or spousal support orders upon victimized spouses. These people are being extorted by the courts to pay for the abuse being inflicted upon them, often while they are paying literally thousands of dollars per month for a few hours per week with their children under “supervised visitation” programs which the San Diego courts frequently require even in the absence of any due process evaluation, simply based upon allegations by a malicious parent.

Protective Measures, 50/50 Splits, and Fast Interim Child Custody Decisions

If Alksne is truly committed to improving her courts as she claims by her participation in the Elkins Task Force, she should modify local court rules to start fixing these injustices:

This is just a start to needed improvements, most of which are not addressed in any sensible fashion by the Elkins Task Force recommendations. There are far more needed. If Alksne can’t push at least these minimal improvements through into effect in San Diego County, she should be recalled and replaced by a judge committed to reforming the San Diego family law courts who can actually get some results.

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Further Reading

Eileen Lasher on San Diego CPS/Family Law Court Misconduct [2]

Flyer Protest in San Diego Family Law Courts [3]

San Diego Courts Cover Up Missing Forms and Psych Evals [4]

Stephen Doyne and San Diego Family Law Courts Under Fire [5]

Moores Divorce Trial Rescheduled For March [6]

John Moores divorce trial rescheduled for March 15 [7]

Padre Owner John Moores Sex Scandal Reminds Us of an Earlier Time [8]

Child Trafficking: San Diego Family Law Courts [9]

Feminist Opponents of Shared Parenting Get It Right in Parental Alienation/Abuse Accusation Case [10]

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#10 Comment By Eileen Lasher On February 17, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

It seems there is one specific attorney in San Diego Family Law Court that habitually does not file Orders within the required period of time which is 60 days. Then in the absence of an Order he files an Appeal, bills the client and then fails to do oral argument.

Keep in mind this accomplishes several things, continuiing to hold the client hostage, bill excessively, continue to churn the cases without resolution. The important fact is the required work is not done not only in a timely fashion it is not done at all.

The attorney I speak of is William Blatchley, Esq – he has a pattern of not properly representing the client’s best interest and then he obtains an illegal default judgement as a result of working in collusion with Judge Hoffman who has been disciplined by the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Orders in my case were not prepared or filed for years. William Blatchley still files appeals and writs and bills the client. A complete violation of judicial rules.

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