Friday, May 06, 2011

Fired commissioner is back

Irwin Joseph was a Santa Cruz commissioner and acting family court judge, until he was fired last year. He then did a mediation business, getting clients from the family court. His website now says:
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.

13 comments:

JoAnn from IL said...

It seems that only incompetent jerks can be hired or promoted in Democrat-controlled government bodies.

Anonymous said...

what an ignorant statement. Remember the Bush Administration w/"heckuva job, Brownie" and Gonzalez as AG? Stupidity and corruption run in both parties. And frankly there's really no difference between them anymore.

We can only hope Joseph loses control of his car driving over Highway 17, the devil really does look out for his own.

George said...

The problem with Joseph is not just stupidity and corruption. The man is evil. But the worse problem is the people who hired him. They should have known how bad this guy is, and they hired him anyway. It is the system that we oppose.

Anonymous said...

agreed, it is the system that's the problem, and yes, Joseph, and most of the ideologically brainwashed minions that work in family law are evil. Dividing the populace with labels of "liberal" and "conservative" or Democrat or Republican is simply a red herring. The problem is Statism, or if you throw in the financial oligarchy, then you have Fascism, and those are the two real ideologies that are at odds with the population as a whole. It's up to the population to decide whether or not it wants to be enslaved to either/both of those.

Anonymous said...

looks like he was listed on Santa Clara County's "alternative dispute resolution providers" for both family and civil. His application for doing that is also posted on that county's Superior Court website. He seems quite the "expert" on many forms of law, amazing given his laziness in reading anything. Also noticed he graduated from UCLA in '69, then he moved up here, guess he was a carpet-bagging hippie from SoCal and found a home in Santa Cruz. He went to Laverne law school down in the LA area, too, a diploma mill down there for the 2nd/3rd tier lawyer material that couldn't make it into the better programs.

Anonymous said...

I recently appeared in front of this commissioner in Santa Clara Traffic Court. In my opinion, this commissioner has very little knowledge of criminal law, as he was frequently corrected by the court deputy and the court clerk. He could not calculate the correct fine and had difficulty understanding the accusations against defendants. By far the worst judicial officers I have ever witnessed.

Anonymous said...

traffic court??!! LOL!! Yup, he had lots and lots of trouble using the DissoMaster program in court which calculates support payments. He was also notorious for not reading legal briefs and submissions, a true member of the legal illiterati. I feel for you folks in Santa Clara County. Not that what we have replacing him is any better, but still, that guy is the worst of the worst. I mean, what do you have to do to get kicked out of Santa Cruz County?

Anonymous said...

This guy is a jerk. He was extremely rude to everyone and had a smug look on his face the entire time. Clearly he was enjoying himself up there dealing out $600+ fines.

Wifey Keelan said...

Wow I am shocked at what I am reading. My husband has a case with him in santa clara county as of today and we did not get this Impression of him. We have a long custody battle over 9 years and had a really good judge who was just recently moved to DV. I wasn't nervous until now. He seemed fair. I can only hope each case is different. Please give me more info. Thank you

Anonymous said...

He has been over my case in Santa Clara, but we are from Capitola and he is closely linked to my Ex's family witch a. Are well know politicians in Capitola and Aptos (you do know them, one was just re-elected) and b. Has owned Real Estate companies all over Santa Cruz and been brokers for 40 years in the area (he is a Real Estate Attorney from Santa Cruz). When I begged for help or mediation for my child he smiled winked and laughs with the Ex's council as the ex does not follow any court orders, his exact words were (I don't care). It has been hell!

Angry Step-Dad said...

An Angry Step Dad,WOW. My wife has a case in his courtroom,and I have been a child advocate in family courts in 4 counties in California, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada since 1985. I have NEVER experienced a " Kangaroo Court" Like his. No regard for solid evedence, Childrens rights, or even THE LAW. He doe's what ever he wants, and the Santa Clara County Family Court ENDORCES him. But this is no supprise, Santa Clara County is by far the MOST crooked Family Court I have EVER seen. The Supperior Court of California, Lets them get away with there curuption because they have the money.

riccilee zinke said...

My name is Riccilee Zinke I had child custody orders for my two children that I had with my ex husband I moved out of state due to physical and emotional abuse and my two children were to be with me during summer vacation after their last visit in 2008 in Idaho my ex husband disappeared with my children and refused to allow any contact or any information the school they attend as of this year 2014 reconnected my daughter and son with me via facebook on february 14th approximately 3-4 years ago we had a child support hearing over the phone and the judge (Joeseph Irwin )said in court that if my ex had went behind my back and had the court orders changed without my knowledge there would be trouble when I arrived on the 20 of june 2014 to pick my children up for our first visit since 2008 I was informed that the orders had been changed and that he had me served I never was served and never signed any such papers I have searched for my children this whole time there has been multiple reports of abuse along with all this which I have copies of I am currently on SSI and live in north Idaho I cannot afford a attorney and feel I shouldn't need to he has broken the law by doing all this I sold my vehicle just to be able to afford to bring the children home and they have stated they want to remain In fact I have never gotten a copy or served regarding that order the cases were all in front of Joeseph Irwin
court orders were not enforced and I was never served new orders

Anonymous said...

I have a copy of Findings and Order After Hearing beside me filed and dated Mar 08, 2006. Comm. Irwin Joseph . Having read the family code in code to him, that without a signature there is no divorce, he sanctioned me finding me a vexatious litigant when in fact, I am a disposed wife according to Det. Mike DePaolis of Brosnan Risk Consultants in NY. In my case, after suffering from a near fatal pedestrian accident in '09, it has been very difficult for me to continue as it were being the mother of our five beautiful children and four young grandchildren. It is my very intention to pursue justice in this family law matter without reservation. I am looking for the best attorney to represent me now because what family law specialist in this case opposing council Dennis Caspe, would would want to lose against me ! If anyone can provide me with this high powered atty that will take my case responding to my estranged husband's petition against me, he now as a multi- millionaire in the silicon valley, I ask to fight for my rights where I responsibly deserve the settlement of this case so I can have the home back taken from me so I can celebrate Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner with my most dearly beloved around m y table I so desperately need & wish & pray for. Now is the acceptable time! Thank you so much everyone! Sincerely, Nina Diehl angelic.zen@gmail.com