"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.