Lack of family law experience in the Riverside Superior Court

The overwhelming lack of family law experience displayed by the judiciary involved in family law in the Riverside Superior Court is pervasive.

Presiding Judge Cope has no experience in family law yet allegedly trains new judical officers in the field.

Judge Cope graduated from Brigham Young University Law School in 1983. He worked as a law clerk for the San Diego County District Attorneys Office and then was hired at a law firm in Las Vegas.

He served as a Riverside Deputy District Attorney from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1991 he was a prosecutor in Clark County Nevada and was a partner with the law firm of Bell & Davidson in Nevada Las Vegas.

After a brief stint there, he returned to the Riverside County District Attorneys Office in 1991 where he stayed there until 1995 when he was appointed by Govenor Pete Wilson as a Riverside County Municipal Court Judge. He was elevated to the Riverside Superior Court when the court unified both the Municipal and Superior Courts.

The year following his appointment to the bench, he faced a contested election against a Riverside Court Commissioner, won and was placed in the Southwest Justice Center Juvenile Court dealing with delinquency cases.

Reports have been cropping up of parents exposed to judges with no knowledge of family law. In Riverside, Judge Counelis presides in family law and was a former deputy District Attorney in Riverside County since 2002 . His speciality as a deputy DA was  prosecution of cybercrimes and identity theft.

Gavel bangers, based on feedback from parents, rates him as one of the worst family law judges in Riverside. The comments include the following:www.gavelbangers.com/judges/california/trial-level/counelis/steven

“This judge gave 50% visitation to a father with a drug habit even when the mediators report said it was a severe safety hazard to the child. He totally ignored the facts that were presented without any care of what could happen to a small child.”

“This judge loses his temper if you speak the truth about how he isnt protecting our children. We should be able to speak the truth if asked the question why i feel the way i feel. But if this judge dont like your answer he becomes very rude and decides not to listen to you. This court system in Riverside is very corrupt!!!!!”11:06

“This is the worst possible judge that has even been assigned to Family Law Court. He has made outrageous, unlawful decision in my case. They defy description and rationality. He refuses to admit has made serious, unbelievable mistakes and reverse them upon motion. The presiding judge has ordered me to file a complaint with the Judicial Performance Commission. But much more is needed. This judge needs to be recalled (fired) as soon as possible. An ad-hoc, unofficial recall committee has been established. Your support is needed. A bona fide registered voter is needed to preside the committee. Anecdotes are needed as soon as possible by the committee as to how this judge has abused you, your children, your case and your attorney. Interviews of at least one attorney confirms that in one case, this judge caused so much damage it took the attorney 8 months to undo the damage. Support from Riverside County attornies is needed to recall (fire) this judge. Attorneys abused by this judge and their litigants are requested to step forward and support the recall and provide anecdotes of your stories of abuse. (Recall, see: http://www.lavote.net/voter/PDFS/GUIDE_TO_RECALL.pdf, (and ) http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/recall.pdf). Please forward your information and your statement of support to this address: Amend 28, c/o “C.L.”, 44-795 San Pablo, Suite #4, Palm Desert CA 92260. Thank you.”

Lawrence P. Best came to the court from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office where he began his career as a prosecutor in 1983.  He served as a deputy district attorney in Indio until 1997, handling felony  jury trials and the supervision of municipal court deputy district attorneys for the department.  In 1997, Best  left the district attorney’s office to serve as a court commissioner with the Riverside County Superior Court in  Indio from 1997 to 1998.  While with the court, he presided over traffic court, small claims, unlawful
detainers, misdemeanor trials, a criminal law and motion calendar, and preliminary hearings before  returning to the district attorney’s’ office in late 1998.  Since his return to the district attorney’s office as a  deputy district attorney in 1998, Best has been responsible for filing and prosecuting criminal cases as well  as supervising and training new attorneys.  Best earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal law from California State University, Fullerton and a Juris Doctorate degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Bradley O. Snell, who also comes from the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, began his legal career with that office in 1991.  As a deputy district attorney, he handled a wide range of criminal cases and  completed over 50 jury trials.  He served as trial team leader for the department’s drug unit, handling cases  from the filing stage through the sentencing phase.  He also mentored young attorneys joining the district attorney’s office and trained district attorneys throughout the county how to establish effective drug  prosecutions.  Snell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Judge Lucky Jackson Lucky, of Riverside, was a deputy district attorney with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office since 1994. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University.

Judge Kelly Hanson, of Murrieta, was a chief deputy district attorney in the Riverside County D.A.’s office, where he has worked since 2002. From 1992 to 2002, Hansen worked in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.  The public has questioned his ability to preside over family law cases. http://www.therobingroom.com/california/Judge.aspx?id=15236

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Judge Hansen has no business presiding over a family law courtroom. He obviously has a clear distaste for women overall, and has no problem with a father abusing marijuana and/or alcohol, and has no interest in doing what’s best for the kids involved in this case. It’s pathetic. Not only is the family law of California screwed up, its judges simply do not care, nor take the time to review cases in their entirety. Judge Hansen also does not support the suggestions of the mediators that actually met with my children. Disgusting. He should be removed.

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This judge is very biased towards women/mothers in general, and seems to not follow Supreme Court rulings. He believes that he is above the law. The sad part of it all is there is not much that the California courts can do to stop this man. If there were a zero rating, I would definitely rate him that!
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10 comments on “Lack of family law experience in the Riverside Superior Court

  1. Reading this is all very concerning to me as I too am going through a mess thus far in these courts. The Judges name is mentioned above and as a Mother, as well as a member of The Church of Jesus Christmas of Latter Day Saints this is horrific to read! I pray that justice be served in our case, although thus far I am shocked! May the truth be revealed and this judge be able to sleep at night looking and studying our case carefully enough to Choose The Right! 4 children need protection as well as myself. I do believe. Things will be Heavenly Father’s will and of not, he nor his family will never find peace either.

  2. He took my daughter from me. I showed him I got a DNA test when my daughter was 4. I showed him I paid child support. I showed him I had multiple visits during the week, overnight stays, took my child out of state, and took my daughter into my home and proclaimed to the world I am her father. I haven’t seen my daughter in 5 months now. I promise I will make this national news if I don’t get my daughter back before Christmas. It will be a Christmas that nobody in America will forget.

  3. OK if Best went back to the District Attorneys Office, then why was he the Judge/Commissioner sitting across from me in 2010??
    His first round of District Attorneys, I was supposed he didn’t recognize that I used to be his clerk?
    Explains how a Dismissed Case was still held in a courtroom.
    NOW I HAVE SEEN IT ALL
    LOL 3 YEARS MIGHT AS WELL MAKE IT A LIFETIME. He should of held me in contempt
    We’re ordered to go to Superior Windows, they ordered us to FAMILY LAW.
    I don’t have children

  4. I was just Denied a Emergency court hearing by Judge O Snell, I clearly stated in my Declaration that my Children were in Danger being with father who was involved in a Home invasion where my children where tied up, with Guns pointed in their face..And Judge O Snell still Denied to bring both parties before him and reused to look into my out of state order warrant directing LAW ENFORCEMENT to get physical custody of my children and return them to me..What is going on?in the Hemet Courts.

  5. PLEASE..WHOEVER WANTS TO COME TOGETHER AND GO TO THE NATIONAL NEWS CONTACT ME@lisakelly1009@gmail.com The more people that come together to EXPOSE the FAMILY LAW JUSTICE THE MORE WE WILL GET HEARD ON A BROADER LEVEL AND GET IT EXPOSED..

  6. I feel judges appointed by the Governor should have family law experience. My children’s lives were ruined when we had ti change venue from Contra Costa County to Alameda. It was clear our new Judge didn’t familiarize herself with our case and was reading the law on her computer. It’s very discouraging when you feel as if you know the law and guidelines better than the judge presiding over your case. Mediator’s are terrible in Alameda County as well. Very sad for all the children who become victims to inexperienced law professionals in the government. I don’t feel anyone without experience should be in charge of anyone’s life, especially children’s.

    • Ms. Schriver, Please let it be Known I have opened a case with The U.S Department Of Justice with The State If California.about Judge Bradley O’ Snell and The Superior Courts Of California County Of Riverside.Im asking everyone with a Complaint on This Court or Judges There to take it to The same Department and From There if need be we can take it to United States Department in Washington, Dc..If it brings no Solutions, We must Expose this corruption in Our Justice system that is suppose to be for protection for Our Children..(Why areTheBlack&Brown Children losing up under this court?)

    • Ms. Schriver, Please let it be Known I have opened a case with The U.S Department Of Justice with The State Of California.about Judge Bradley O’ Snell and The Superior Courts Of California County Of Riverside.Im asking everyone with a Complaint on This Court or Judges There to take it to The same Department and From There if need be we can take it to United States Department in Washington, Dc..If it brings no Solutions, We must Expose this corruption in Our Justice system that is suppose to be for protection for Our Children..(Why areTheBlack&Brown Children losing up under this court?)

  7. Interesting as I have a friend who has appeared before Judge Snell and he has ruled against her every time and never pays attention to the evidence presenting to him.

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