Effective May 2, 2011, I return to the bench as a Superior Court Commissioner, having been recently appointed by Santa Clara County Superior Court.Another site says:
HON. IRWIN JOSEPH has been recently appointed Commissioner at Santa Clara Superior Court, after completing four years in the Family Law Department in Santa Cruz County Superior Court, hearing dissolution, custody, support, paternity and domestic violence matters. He created a Judicial Mediation and ENE program for the Family Court.Wow, I am really surprised that he could get hired in the next county. He was widely despised as an incompetent jerk in Santa Cruz.
He held a grudge against me because I once got him reversed on appeal in a published opinion. It was not worth it, as he vindictively punished me in other ways. He made me pay non-guideline support. He sent the sheriff to seize my kids, even though CPS closed the case without making a recommendation. He issued custody orders without any hearing or due process. He even tried to shut down criticism of him on this blog. If there were any justice, he would be in prison for abuse of power.
If anyone from Silicon Valley googles him and finds this blog, you should know that you do not have to accept having a lowly commissioner as a judge. He will pressure you to sign a form waiving your rights, but you do not have to sign. Ask for a real judge.