Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee

Purpose:
Makes recommendations to the Judicial Council for improving the administration of justice in decedent estates, conservatorships, guardianships, other probate matters, and on mental health and developmental disability issues.

Date Established: July 1, 2000

Key projects of this advisory body are outlined in the annual agenda.

The advisory committee comprises superior court judges; probate court attorneys, examiners, and investigators; attorneys who practice primarily decedents’ estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, or elder abuse law; persons knowledgeable in mental health or developmental disability law; a private fiduciary; and county counsel, public guardian, or similar public officer familiar with guardianship and conservatorship issues. The committee reports to the Judicial Council’s Rules and Projects Committee. Members are appointed by the Chief Justice to staggered three-year terms. The current membership term runs through September 14, 2018.

  • Hon. John H. Sugiyama, Chair, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa
  • Hon. James N. Bianco, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Hon. Thomas H. Cahraman, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Ms. Terri L. Daniel, District Manager, Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Mr. Oliver A. Greenwood, Attorney at Law, Bray & Greenwood LLP, Martinez
  • Ms. Sheri Gulino, Probate Division Manager, Superior Court of California, County of Riverside
  • Ms. Scarlet D. Hughes, Executive Director, California Association of Public Administrators, Public Guardians, and Public Conservators, Sacramento
  • Hon. Gerald G. Johnston, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Ms. Denise Khera, Supervising Investigator, Superior Court of California, County of Orange
  • Mr. Patrick A. Kohlmann, Attorney at Law, Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, San José
  • Ms. Marilyn Reed Kriebel, Marilyn Kriebel Private Fiduciary Services, San Diego
  • Ms. Jayne C. Lee, Supervising Probate Attorney, Superior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
  • Hon. Cynthia A. Ludvigsen (ret.), Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
  • Ms. Stella Pantazis, Managing Attorney & General Counsel, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
  • Mr. Jonathan L. Rosenbloom, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Jonathan L. Rosenbloom, Los Angeles
  • Hon. Garrett L. Wong, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

Advisory Member

  • Mr. James R. Birnberg (ret.), Attorney at Law, Sherman Oaks

Center for Judicial Education & Research (CJER) Liaison

  • Mr. Eugene Kim, Attorney, Center for Judicial Education & Research, Judicial Council of California

Governmental Affairs Liaison

  • Mr. Daniel Pone, Attorney, Governmental Affairs, Judicial Council of California

Judicial Council Staff to the Committee

  • Mr. Corby Sturges, Attorney, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California
Rule 10.44. Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee

(a) Area of focus
The committee makes recommendations to the council for improving the administration of justice in proceedings involving:

(1) Decedents' estates, trusts, conservatorships, guardianships, and other probate matters; and

(2) Mental health and developmental disabilities issues.

(b) Additional duty
The committee must coordinate activities and work with the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee in areas of common concern and interest.


Contact Information

Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee
PMHAC@jud.ca.gov

 

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