I write only to clarify one aspect of John Ellis’s excellent article (Mar. 8) regarding Judge Lisa Gamoian. Her limited civil assignment was sometimes referred to as the judicial “slow lane.” As a veteran of the court who has sat on that assignment many times, I can report that it is generally anything but slow. It is a high volume calendar in which there are often dozens of cases each day. Some are quite legally complex, and all are critically important to the parties.
The judges in these calendar courts (and the criminal calendar and family law courts as well) often work extra hours to handle the volume. Although there is little publicity or recognition by the public, these courts are where the majority of our legal business is performed, not in the more visible trial departments.
I can also confirm that Judge Gamoian has tackled her first assignment with ability and enthusiasm, and will continue to serve the public well in her new role.
Mark W. Snauffer
Supervising Judge, Civil Division
Fresno County Superior Court