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The 2008 judicial assignments for San Francisco Superior Court, released on Monday, show a group of experienced judges moving from civil assignments to the Hall of Justice. When the new assignments take effect on Jan. 11, Judges Robert Dondero and Donald Mitchell will handle criminal trials and Judge Kevin McCarthy will handle misdemeanors. In a memo to San Francisco’s judges and commissioners, Presiding Judge David Ballati said those moves were meant to help address a growing criminal caseload. Criminal court judges transferring to the Civic Center courthouse include Judges Harold Kahn, Curtis Karnow, Marla Miller and Charlotte Woolard. Ballati said those judges bring “significant civil litigation experience” to their new assignments, and they also have the flexibility to cover criminal assignments as needed. Those new civil judges may also be tapped to assist in the Unified Family Court, Ballati wrote in Monday’s memo. “This should result in greater access to our court based upon increased judicial efficiency,” he said. Ballati is also handing Assistant Presiding Judge James McBride the civil master calendar assignment, a post recently split between Judges Mary Wiss and A. James Robertson II. Ballati retained the judges who currently head the criminal division, the misdemeanor department and the Unified Family Court.

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