Family Law-Dependency Crossover
Special Issues in Custody and Representing Minors
Topics to be Covered:
~ Overview of Dependency Court
~ Referrals to Dependency Court from Family Court
~ Exit Custody Orders
~ Modification of Exit Custody Orders
Hon. James Bertoli
Supervising Judge of the Family Division
Sonoma County Superior Court
The Honorable James G. Bertoli is currently assigned as the supervising judge of the Family Law Division of the Sonoma County Superior Court and has been a member of the Sonoma County bench for over 20 years. In addition to general family law cases and LPS conservatorships, Judge Bertoli has sat as the judge handling both civil and criminal domestic violence cases for over 15 years. In addition to his duties on the bench, Judge Bertoli serves on the Sonoma County Superior Court Executive Committee, the governing and policy-making body for the court.
A fourth-generation native of Sonoma County, Judge Bertoli was educated at Santa Rosa Junior College and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1982 from the University of California at Davis. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco in 1985 and began practicing family law and public sector labor law with the Santa Rosa, California law firm of Wotring & Byrne. He then became the managing partner of the law firm of Byrne & Bertoli in 1989 and then formed a solo practice in 1991 which he maintained until his election to the bench in November, 2000.