SANTA CRUZ -- Beginning July 1 all criminal matters, except for juvenile matters, will be handled in Santa Cruz as part of a massive consolidation announced Tuesday by county court officials.Already, the judicial assignments have been changed. Judge Heather D. Morse has replaced Judge John S. Salazar in the family court.
Watsonville will host juvenile court as well as family law and dependency court, according to Presiding Judge Jeff Almquist.
I don't know what this is all about. The complaints seem to be that Watsonville has a new courthouse, and most of the county's criminals, but they now have to come to Santa Cruz for trial.
Every time there is a change in the family court, I figure that it is likely to be an improvement. I haven't heard anything bad about Judge Morse yet.