In an effort to tackle its asbestos caseload, San Francisco County Superior Court is proposing the creation of a single asbestos department where all discovery, law and motion and case management matters will be heard. Judge Harold Kahn has been tapped to oversee the department.

“The goal is to make sure that we don’t have cases endlessly trailing for trial and that we attempt to have cases settle before they use up a jury panel,” said Presiding Judge James McBride.