Judicial Profile: Department 27
Honorable Terri Mockler

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Biographical Information
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1957
Place of Birth:
Illinois
Education:
UC Berkeley, BS in Sociology 1979
Hastings College of Law, JD 1982
Pre-bench Legal Experience:

29 years as a public defender, 27 of those in Contra Costa County. For the last 3 years, was a manager supervising both attorneys and non-attorney support staff.

Political Affiliation:
Democrat
Judicial Experience

Recently appointed by Governor Brown. Currently assigned to the Richmond Court handling primarily criminal matters.

Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
Mentors at-risk teenage girles through Contra Costa County Probation Department.
High school Mock Trial coach for 10 years. For the last several years has been an attorney scorer in the county finals.
Current Civic & Professional Activities
Took a training course in teaching English as a Second Language and tutored Afghan women in English.
Current civic and professional activities
On the Boards of Contra Costa Court Scholarship Fund and Richmond High School Law Academy. Member - California Judges Association; Robert McGrath Inns of Court
Typical weekly schedule
Misdemeanor trials Mondays and Wednesdays; felony preliminary hearings and small claims actions in between trials.
Courtroom Policies
Rules from the bench but may take a recess to research an issue. Rarely take legal issues under submission for any lengthy period.
Teleconferencing
Not instituted.
Motions
Should be in writing, including motions to continue trials.
Briefs
Must comply with local rules.
Discovery
Encourage parties to work out as much as possible before requesting court intervention.
Settlement Conferences
Current assignment is in criminal. Limited to what she can say/do to resolve a case.
ADR
Not applicable to current judicial assignment.
In Limine Motions
In writing, at time trial assigned to her department.
Voir dire
Court does fairly indepth questioning. Each attorney gets 15 minutes to voir dire first 18 called. Attorneys should not repeat court's questions.
Jury Instructions
Submitted in writing, prefer them in the beginning of trial.
Witnesses
No gum chewing, no sunglasses unless there is a medical necessity.
Sanctions
Won't rule out sanctions but would prefer to resolve conflicts/issues well before the point when one side is requesting sanctions.
Documents
Should be shown to opposing counsel well in advance of introduction as evidence or referenced by a witness.
Decorum
Respect each other, the court and all in the courtroom.
Court reporters and translators
Communicate with Judge Mockler about what works and what doesn't work.
Computers in the courtroom
Judge Mockler loves them but must bring your own.
Audio-visual
Parties should bring their own equipment. The Richmond Court in particular does not have much in the way of cutting edge technology.
Cameras in the courtroon
Generally will not be allowed. Judge Mockler will give proponent a fair hearing on the issue after receiving written briefs.
Advice
Judge Mockler treats all parties equally and with respect. She expects attorneys appearing before her to do the same.

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