Monday, January 13, 2014

DJ profiles Judge Ferns

Today's DJ profile of LASC Judge Edward Ferns notes that he has sat by assignment in the 2d District for at least the past 18 months, working with Divisions 5, 2, and 1. The article notes that these divisions "work independently and have individual procedures and methods." Judges Ferns describes it as being like a waiter and going to a different restaurant: "The work's the same, just a different approach." He says he enjoys hearing appeals: Cases at the trial level are fluid and can change quickly; but on appeal the cases are "fixed."
"He has not published any opinions because he takes the rules restricting publication seriously, he said."
The article also explains:
The chief justice names trial judges to the appellate courts as temporary justices as needed, usually at the request of an appellate presiding justice. Those assignments come in two-month blocks, and Ferns' have been renewed or switched among the 2nd District's divisions on and off since. He did return briefly to the trial court early on to ensure his spot on the settlement panel, he said.