May 2019 Bar Bulletin
By Judge James Rogers
For many years, the concept of one judge for each case (as in civil cases) or one judge, one family for certain stages of the proceedings (family law and dependency) has been the gold standard. The reasons are well studied and now seem obvious: fewer continuances; consistency in rulings, from the initial scheduling order, through discovery, dispositive motions and trial; and reduction in discovery disputes.
In civil cases, parties often spend tens of thousands of dollars on dispositive motions or other motions during the life of a case and these motions effectively...