Judge Morris D. Jacobson

Hon. Morris D. Jacobson
Assistant Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Alameda County

Current Term: Sept 2012–Sept 2015
Membership: Advisory member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committee: Executive & Planning Committee; Litigation Management
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and  Santa Clara Counties

Judge Jacobson was appointed to the bench in 2005. Before serving on the court, Judge Jacobson served as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, and a contract attorney for a local law firm. He has been an adjunct professor for Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco since 1994. Before joining the council, Judge Jacobson was a member of the council’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee and the CJER Criminal Law Curriculum Committee. He has been heavily involved in efforts related to criminal justice realignment. 


As part of the Judicial Council’s efforts to increase communication and transparency and promote accountability, council members serve as liaisons to the 58 trial courts and to the major service units of the Judicial Council staff. Members with updates present their reports at Judicial Council meetings, bringing fresh perspectives on the issues and challenges facing the judicial branch.

Liaison Report on San Luis Obispo, Apr  2016
Judge Buckley reports on his visit to San Luis Obispo Superior Court. San Luis Obispo is located on the coast, north of Santa Barbara and south of Monterey. It has a population of just over 275,000 and covers 3600 sq. miles. The judicial allocation is 13 judges and two commissioners. They currently have 3 judicial vacancies and they are all being covered by assigned judges, a program critical to the court. The court was second on the list for a new courthouse in the early 2000, they are now 50. Proposition 47 has had a tremendous impact on the court, and has put a strain on the court’s limited resources. Judge Buckley reports that the court is happy with their new case management system.

San Francisco County Superior Court liaison report
Jan 22, 2015
Years of drastic budget cuts have lead to staff lay-offs, reduced clerk hours, closed courtrooms, closure of a self-help center, and long wait times for callers trying to get through to the San Francisco court. Despite those reductions, the court is making headway in the areas of technology and collaborative courts. In his liaison report on Jan 22, 2015, Judicial Council member Judge Morris D. Jacobson highlights these accomplishments, as well as the challenges facing a court that anticipates four more years of budget deficits.
Contra Costa Superior Court liaison report
Oct 29, 2014

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