Judicial Profile: Department 16
Honorable Thomas M. Maddock

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Biographical Information
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, CA
Education:
University of California at Davis, B.A. Economics 1968; Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1977
Pre-bench Legal Experience:
Contra Costa Dep. D.A. 1978-81; Sellar, Hazard, Snyder and Kelly 1981-84; El Dorado Dep. D.A. 1984-86. Public Advisor to the California Energy Commission 1988-91
Political Affiliation:
Republican
Military
Retired Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve
Judicial Experience

Appointed by Governor Wilson in 1998. Re-elected three times, current term expires 2019. His primary assignment is Felony trials. Has served as Unlimited Civil Trial Judge, Felony Calendar, Juvenile Court Judge, Supervising Judge Richmond Court and as Assistant Presiding Judge. Was elected presiding Judge 2005 for 2 year term.

Was appointed to Commission on Judicial Performance by Supreme Court on April 1, 2013 to a 4 year term.

Was appointed as a member of California Judicial Council by Chief Justice Ronald M. George in 2006 for a three year term.

Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
Board member of Mount Diablo Red Cross; Chapter President of Reserve Officers Association; member of the Contra Costa, El Dorado and Sacramento Bar Associations; Executive Board of the Knights of Columbus; Undersecretary, Youth and Adult Correctional Agency 1995-1998; Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Veterans Affairs 1993-1995; Deputy Director, Department of Consumer Affairs 1991-1993.
Current Civic & Professional Activities
Board of Directors for the California Judges Association; trial judge for county mock trials; Past President of the Contra Costa County Public Law Library Board of Trustees. Member of Chief Justice's committee on Accountability and Efficiency fo the Judicial Branch.
Continuing Legal Education Faculty
California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) faculty assignments.
Courtroom Policies
Compliance with state and local rules of court. Counsel must be professionally attired. Judge will rule from bench when issues are thoroughly briefed and the law is clear.
Teleconferencing
Court-call allowed on CMC Hearings, not on OSC’s. California Rules of Court apply for all other appearances.
Motions
Rules of Court and local rules strictly enforced.
Briefs
Required on complex legal issues and on all law and motion matters. Page limits as per local rules.
Discovery
Handled by each Department.
Settlement Conferences
They are usually held in conjunction with the Issue Conferences. They can be specially set for good cause.
ADR
Mediation strongly preferred. ADR always available.
In Limine Motions
Must be filed in accordance with local rules.
Voir Dire
Judge does majority; each counsel allowed 30 minutes.
Jury Instructions
Must be prepared and submitted with Issue Conference statement.
Witnesses
Submit names in accordance with local rules. Schedule to avoid delays and be on time. You may be deemed to have rested if you run out of witnesses in the middle of the day.
Sanctions
Initial sanction for $250 when appropriate, for example, failure to appear, failure to file papers, failure to file proof of service, etc.
Documents
Exhibits should be pre-marked with a list for the clerk and a copy for Judge Maddock and opposing counsel.
Decorum
No cell phones or pagers allowed in the courtroom unless completely deactivated.
All attorneys are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.
Court Reporters & Translators
Interpreter should be requested in advance of trial.
Computers in the Courtroom
Notebooks/laptops permitted as long as they are used quietly.
Audio-visual
TV and VCR available. There’s also a magnetic board and an easel for display of exhibits or diagrams.
Cameras in the Courtroom
Not unless timely request shows good cause and is approved.
Advice
Be on time. Be prepared.

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