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Presiding Judge, Hon. Dale J. Blea

Asst. Presiding Judge, Hon. Michael J. Jurkovich


2019 Courtroom Assignments

Main Courthouse 1st Floor - Traffic & Family Support

Commissioner Karen Mitchell is assigned all traffic cases for all purposes including case management, law and motion, settlement and court trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. Jury trials once confirmed shall be assigned to the Criminal department for Final Trial Confirmation.  She is assigned to Department 17.  

Commissioner Ronda Duncan is assigned all Family Support cases for all purposes including law & motion, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. She is assigned to Department 17.  

 



Main Courthouse 2nd Floor - Criminal

Hon. Joseph A. Soldani, is assigned to hear criminal cases filed at the Main Courthouse. This is a direct calendar court and once assigned to a case is assigned for all purposes including law and motion, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734 of the California Rules of Court. He is assigned to Department 21.

 


Hon. Dale J. Blea, Presiding Judge is assigned to hear criminal cases filed at the Main Courthouse. This is a direct calendar court and once assigned to a case is assigned for all purposes, including law and motion matters, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court.  He is assigned to Department 22.

 


Hon. Ernest J. LiCalsi, is assigned to hear criminal cases filed at the Main Courthouse. This is a direct calendar court and once assigned to a case is assigned for all purposes including law and motion matters, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734 of the California Rules of Court. He is assigned to Department 23.

 


Hon. Mitchell C. Rigby is assigned to hear criminal cases filed at the Main Courthouse. This is a direct calendar court and once assigned to a case is assigned for all purposes, including law and motion matters, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. He is assigned to Department 29.

 



Main Courthouse 3rd Floor - Juvenile/Family Law/Specialty Criminal Courts

Hon. Thomas L. Bender is assigned all juvenile, education code and adoptions cases for all purposes including law and motion, settlement and trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. Judge Bender is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Department. He is assigned to Department 36.

 



Hon. Brian T. Austin is assigned all family law cases (except child support proceedings) and all probate guardianship proceedings concerning a child only which is filed in the Civil Division of the Madera Superior Court for all purposes, including law and motion matters, ex parte matters and trial under Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court.  Judge Austin is the presiding judge of the Drug Court.  He is the presiding judge of the Veterans' Treatment Court.    He is assigned to Department 37.

 


Main Courthouse 4th Floor - Civil / Family Law/Criminal Specialty Courts

Hon. D. Lynn Collet is assigned to hear all family law matters filed within the Civil Division of the Main Government Center including law and motion, settlement and trial. This is done pursuant to Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. Judge Collet is the presiding judge of the Behavioral Health Court.  She is assigned to Department 40 .

 



Hon. Michael J. Jurkovich, Assistant Presiding Judge is assigned to hear all matters filed within the Civil Division of the Main Government Center including law and motion, settlement and trial. This is done pursuant to Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. Effective July 1, 2018, he is in charge of the Grand Jury.  He is assigned to Department 44.

 


Hon. James E. Oakley is assigned to hear all matters filed within the Civil Division of the Main Government Center including law and motion, settlement and trial. This is done pursuant to Rule 3.734, California Rules of Court. Judge Oakley is the Presiding Judge of the Appellate Department. He is assigned to Department 45.


Ex Parte hearings will be heard in Department 45 , Monday through Friday beginning at 8 AM.

 


Court Reporter Contact Information:

Meri Batty, Supervising Court Reporter (559) 416-5544 
Teresa Maciel, Senior Court Reporter (559) 416-5545
Jeanette Lopez, Court Reporter (559) 416- 5547
Adrienne Cluff, Court Reporter (559) 416-5549
Connie Silva, Court Reporter (559) 416-5548
Michelle Patty, Court Reporter (559) 416-5559
Forest Zoslocki, Court Reporter (559) 416-5546
Kelli-Ann Diaz, Court Reporter (559) 416-5558
Melissa Villanueva , Court Reporter (559) 416-5557
Deja Garver-Cole, Court Reporter (559) 416-5533

 


   
 
 
     
         
     

 
 

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