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San Diego Superior Court Announces New Commissioner PDF Print E-mail


Corinne Miesfeld was sworn in as a Commissioner of the San Diego Superior Court on Friday, April 09, 2010. Miesfeld, 45, has been with the San Diego District Attorney's Office since 1992. She worked in numerous divisions within the District Attorney's Office including Superior Court, Narcotics, Family Protection, Economic Crimes and Insurance Fraud. In addition, she served as a prosecutor at the South County and Juvenile Courts. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Commissioner Miesfeld worked in private practice from 1989-1992.

Commissioner Miesfeld earned a Juris Doctorate from the California Western School of Law. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Political Science) from Montana State University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Commissioner Sandra Berry. Commissioners are selected by the judges of the court and are given powers to hear and make decisions concerning certain legal matters.

Superior Court Announces New Court Commissioner
San Diego Superior Court judges have selected attorney James T. Atkins to serve as a Court Commissioner. He took the oath of office on Friday, June 19, 2009. Before joining the bench, Commissioner Atkins worked as an associate with Thorsnes, Bartolotta & McGuire.

A graduate of the California Western School of Law, Commissioner Atkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from San Diego State University. A US Navy veteran, Commissioner Atkins served aboard a nuclear powered fast attack submarine during the Iranian hostage crisis and later aboard a San Diego-based amphibious assault ship.

He fills the position vacated by the retirement of Court Commissioner Carol M. Frausto. Commissioners are attorneys selected by the judges of the Superior Court. The Commissioners are given powers to hear and make decisions concerning certain legal matters such a misdemeanors and traffic cases.
Ramona Courthouse Business Hours Change
Starting July 6th, the Ramona branch of the San Diego Superior Court (1428 Montecito Road) will change its business hours.

The business office and phone hours will change as follows:
Business Office
  • Current hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • New hours will be 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Phone Hours
  • Current hours are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • New hours are 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
(Closed between noon and 1:00 PM for lunch)

The schedule change is consistent with all the other court divisions, which reduced hours in December. The reduction is in response to budgetary constraints that have resulted in staffing reductions.
Notice of Fee Changes PDF Print E-mail

 The Judicial Council of California has announced that new and changed fees, penalties, and assessments will go into effect in the state’s trial courts effective January 1, 2009.

The changes result from the enactment of Senate Bill 1407 (Perata), Stats. 2008, ch. 311, on September 26, 2008. The legislation authorized up to $5 billion in lease-revenue bonds to finance the construction, rehabilitation, renovation, and replacement of court facilities. The legislation increases civil filing fees and increases or establishes new criminal and traffic fees, penalties, assessments and parking penalties.

The Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, will begin collecting the new and increased fees effective January 1, 2009.
The revised fee schedule will be posted to the Court’s web site at and available at the Clerk’s Office.