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in alleviating the increased misdemeanor caseload. The court calendar
indicates that two months after filing the case goes to trial.

Four felony courts handle arraignment cases. Despite the 15*
increase in caseload, the 1978 court calendar of approximately 5,000
cases ran very smoothly.

Revenue obtained through traffic citations reached a new high
of $12,959,606. In addition, no longer will unpaid traffic citations
go to warrant, but instead will be recorded with the Department of
Motor Vehicles, making it impossible for the offender to renew his
license without having first paid for the citations.

While we anxiously await the completion of the six courtrooms
in the Hall of Justice, 4 for Superior Court and 2 for Municipal Court,
the main problems of security and space continue to exist. Some of the
main problems are found in existing courtrooms. Department 18, where
serious misdemeanors go to trial, has no holding cell. The defendant
has to be manacled to the chair. An escape attempt was made this year.
This poses a dangerous situation for the Judge as well as the citizens,
for not only is it easy to escape, but also an inadequate communications
system makes one unable to respond to the immediate crisis. Department



20, Traffic Court, hears 240 cases a day, but only has a seating ca-
pacity of 38. Department 19, a Felony Court, has a seating capacity
of merely 23.

Supervision at the City Hall is needed, since the eight courts
at the City Hall have a limited number of bailiffs who float between
courts during civil hearings. Municipal Court tries to restrict
criminal jury trials to the Hall of Justice. If a trial must be placed
in City Hall, the Sheriff is advised so bailiffs are assigned to the
trial department.

The diligent efforts of Judge Dossee to meet the increased
needs of Municipal Court are noteworthy. Judge Raymond D. Williamson,
Jr., was named as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Court in April 1979.
We wish him much success in his new position.

Clara T. Delgado
Rebecca S. Turner

Vivian M. Kalil, Chairman



The San Francisco Law Library, administered by librarian-
secretary, Harold Rowe, receives its financial support from the
legal filing fees of the Superior and Municipal Courts. Interest
from U. S. Bonds, Utility Bonds and interest in savings accounts
provide additional revenue.

In addition, the City and County of San Francisco appro-
priates funds to be used mainly for salaries. However, a deficit has
remained in the budget since 1972. An increase to $7.00 in filing
fees from Superior and Municipal Courts took place on January 1, 1979;
this will not however, solve the financial problems of the library.
The library will most likely seek legislative means of further
increasing the filing fees, perhaps to as much as $12.00 as well as
research other means of finance, or limit its services.

This library is frequented not only by attorneys, but also
k5% by law students, paralegals, students, and local citizens who
are able to research the most technical aspects of law as well as
"how to do your own divorce."

The combined collection of the Main Branch and Mills Branch
consists of 25^,289 volumes, after the acquisition of new volumes and
the selling of obsolete volumes. Sufficient space for the vast
assortment of books continues to pose a problem. Mr. Rowe has done
a commendable job in utilizing all available space to store the
pyramid of books.

Clara T. Delgado
Rebecca S. Turner

Vivian M. Kalil, Chairman


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