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FAMILY COURT NEEDS SHOT OF HUMANITY The case you have written twice about, Elkins v. Superior Court, S139073, is my case [" 'Trial by declaration' set for test," Feb. 9; "In family court, a new twist to testifying," Aug. 18]. When Judge Baskin took my wife’s Proposed Order After Trial (I had also submitted one), scratched out the word Proposed and wrote Final, changed nothing else and then signed it, I lost everything. I truly hope that one of the outcomes of my appeal is a Family Law Court system that takes the time and effort required to dissolve a marriage. If the case remains within the court system, then at trial, both parties should be able to present their cases as guaranteed by the legal concept of “due process” and state code. In my opinion the Family Law Court in Contra Costa County, at some point in time, traded humanity and fairness for expediency. Family law should be treated with respect and not something you dispose of to ease court workloads.

Jeffrey Elkins Danville

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