Judicial Profile: Department 52
Commissioner Anita Santos

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Date of Birth:
November 3rd, a long time ago
 
Place of Birth:
Clark Air Force base, Philippines
 
Education:
University of California Berkeley, 1987 B.A. Sociology, B.A. Ethnic Studies University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D. 1991
 
Pre-bench Legal Experience:
Police Officer, City of Concord, 1994-1997
Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County, 1997-2008
Law Office of Anita Santos, family law, 2008-2012
 
Political Affiliation:
Registered Democrat, Independent Thinker
 
Judicial Experience
Commissioner, Child Support, Contra Costa County 2013
 
Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Solono County Bar Association
  • Charles Houston Bar Association
  • California Association of Black Lawyer
  • Save the Children
  • My children
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    Current Civic & Professional Activities
  • Same as above
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    Continuing Legal Education Faculty
     
    Important published decisions(s).
     
    Recent publications.
  • "Rules of the house if you want to survive your childhood," a manifesto distributed to our children.
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    COURTROOM INFORMATION
     
    Typical weekly schedule.
    Court is not in session on Mondays. Three full days of short cause child support, paternity, arrears, and support enforcement matters (up to 75 matters on the short cause calendar each week). Short cause hearings are set on Tuesday mornings and afternoons, Wednesday mornings and afternoons, and Thursday mornings. Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings and afternoons are for settlement conferences and long cause hearings (court trials). Contempt trials are held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.
     
    Courtroom Policies
    The attorneys from the Dept. of Child Support Services and their staff meet with the parties and private counsel to confirm the facts and try to reach stipulations prior to the start of the court's calendar.
     
    Teleconferencing
     
    Motions
     
    Discovery
     
    Settlement Conferences
    Settlement conferences are mandatory for any party seeking a trial date and are normally scheduled one week prior to the trial date..
    ADR
     
    In Limine Motions
     
    Witnesses
     
    Sanctions
     
    Documents
    Any document that is being offered to the court must be offered to the other party and to DCSS prior to the court receiving it.
     
    Decorum
     
    Court Reporters & Translators
     
    Computers in the Courtroom
     
    Audio-visual
     
    Cameras in the Courtroom
     
    Advice
    Be Prepared.

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