Litigation in the backlogged court system is often a protracted and tedious process, which is why private judging has become increasingly popular in California. At the Law Offices of Cherie T. Davis, based in Livermore, California, we offer private judging services for a wide variety of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, paternity and support agreements.
What Is Private Judging?
Private judging is a form of alternative dispute resolution. The California Constitution grants parties the authority to select a qualified lawyer or retired judge to act as a private judge. This judge performs essentially the same services as a public judge, handing down an order when parties cannot reach an agreement on their own.
Is A Judgment By A Private Judge Binding?
Yes. After parties have selected a private judge, they execute a Stipulation for Appointment of Private Judge, which is signed by the parties, their counsel and the chosen judge. This document is then filed with the court where the case is pending. When the presiding judge of that county signs the agreement, the private judge is vested with all authority of a judge appointed to a Superior Court, for that case only.
Finding A Private Family Law Judge In The Bay Area
Selecting a private family law judge allows parties to evaluate the background and experience of the individual who will be making a final decision in their case. Our private family law judge, Cherie Thompson Davis, has more than 20 years of experience as a family law attorney, and is committed to helping families find creative solutions that meet their best interests.
Contact A California Private Family Law Judge
To speak with an experienced family law attorney providing private judging in Alameda County, contact the Law Offices of Cherie T. Davis at 925-449-8778.