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South Bay attorneys will notice few changes in judicial assignments for 2003. Santa Clara Superior Court Presiding Judge Thomas Hansen released assignments Friday that showed a few new judges being rotated into family court and some attorneys seeing different case managers. But Hansen has made no dramatic shifts. Judge Socrates Manoukian will replace Jamie Jacobs-May as a civil case manager, and Jacobs-May will rotate to civil trials. “I thought he [Manoukian] would be good, and I asked him to take the assignment,” Hansen said. “Some of the judges doing it last year did not want to continue.” Judges William Elfving, Neal Cabrinha and Kevin McKenney will remain civil case managers in 2003. Judge Jack Komar will keep the complex litigation calendar, and Judge Thang Barrett continues handling the discovery calendar. Judge Thomas Edwards will replace Judge Catherine Gallagher on the probate calendar. Gallagher will handle civil trials in 2003. Judge Marcel Poch�, who just returned to the Superior Court bench after retiring from the First District Court of Appeal, will take over the criminal law and motion and violation of parole calendar from retiring Judge Leon Fox Jr. Judge William Danser will handle drug motions and preliminary hearings. Judge Kevin Murphy will supervise the criminal division. “It can be a grinding position,” Hansen said. Judge Hugh Mullin, who has been handling the calendar, “wanted to switch and Judge Murphy was kind enough to volunteer.” Hansen has added a sixth judge to family court to ease backlog. “That’s a real high-pressure place for judges to practice. We have been getting a lot of assignments � such as long-cause family matters,” Hansen said. “It’s been having an adverse impact on our civil trial departments.” Newly appointed Judge Joel Kleinberg will rotate into family court alongside judges Katherine Lucero, Margaret Johnson, Dolores Carr and Mary Ann Grilli. Judge C. Randall Schneider will preside in family until May, and Judge Patrick Tondreau will finish out the year in family. Judge Edward Davila will rotate into juvenile delinquency court, replacing Judge James Emerson, who heads to criminal trials. Judges Eugene Hyman and Raymond Davilla Jr. will remain in juvenile delinquency. Judge Andrea Bryan will replace Manoukian in Palo Alto. Hansen made no changes to the Sunnyvale, South County, Santa Clara or dependency courthouses.

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