I have now heard a rumor from a third source that Cmr. Irwin H. Joseph is being forced into retirement this June. He had wanted to be promoted to being a real judge, but that is just not going to happen. He has been passed over each time there was a vacancy.
We only have one family court judge in Santa Cruz county. Cmr. Joseph has had the job for 2.5 years. He was unfit for the job, and was terrible. But I won't be ready to celebrate his departure until I find out that his replacement will be better. The family court seems to draw bad judges.