Soon after ascending to the bench in January, Judge Ruben Villalobos, who presides over Stanislaus’ arraignment court, sought an opinion from the California Judges Association’s ethics committee regarding the potential to resolve simple cases more quickly by having representatives from the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices present for arraignments. In other counties, this is common practice. He was advised to continue but warned not to resolve a case with only one side present. Periodically, he calls the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices to come for certain cases, and both have responded by sending lawyers. Villalobos said concluding up to 10 percent of his cases at the earliest opportunity could ease the burden on the rest of the court system.
Soon after ascending to the bench in January, Judge Ruben Villalobos, who presides over Stanislaus’ arraignment court, sought an opinion from the California Judges Association’s ethics committee regarding the potential to resolve simple cases more quickly by having representatives from the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices present for arraignments. In other counties, this is common practice. He was advised to continue but warned not to resolve a case with only one side present. Periodically, he calls the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices to come for certain cases, and both have responded by sending lawyers. Villalobos said concluding up to 10 percent of his cases at the earliest opportunity could ease the burden on the rest of the court system. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com
Soon after ascending to the bench in January, Judge Ruben Villalobos, who presides over Stanislaus’ arraignment court, sought an opinion from the California Judges Association’s ethics committee regarding the potential to resolve simple cases more quickly by having representatives from the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices present for arraignments. In other counties, this is common practice. He was advised to continue but warned not to resolve a case with only one side present. Periodically, he calls the District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices to come for certain cases, and both have responded by sending lawyers. Villalobos said concluding up to 10 percent of his cases at the earliest opportunity could ease the burden on the rest of the court system. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

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