• District Attorney Keith Sorenson.  Photo by Reg McGovern.

Courthouse Docket

Our Fascinating Court History: Personalities and Cases

The Courthouse Docket continues on Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. as three San Mateo County judges and the district attorney offer their insights and perspectives looking back at some 150 years of court history in the county.  The program on the courts is the second in a speakers’ series that is being held during the year as part of Redwood City’s celebration of its 150th anniversary.  The panel discussion will take place in Courtroom A, the only Superior Court in the county when it opened in 1910.

Left: Judge Aylett Cotton moving into Courtroom A in 1946.  Photo by Reg McGovern.   

Moderated by Superior Court Judge and former Presiding Judge John Grandsaert, the panel will include District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Superior Court Judge Mark Forcum and retired Superior Court Judge Margaret Kemp.

Judge Grandsaert was appointed to the Superior Court in 2004 after a 20-year career in the District Attorney’s office.  Judge Forcum, who is considered the court historian, was a Municipal Court judge from 1987 to 1992, when he was elevated to the Superior Court.

Retired since 2004, Judge Kemp made history herself when she was named the first female Superior Court judge in 1987. 

 Wagstaffe had a 30-year career in the District Attorney’s office before he was first elected in 2010 and is considered that office’s historian. 

Next on the Docket

Sunday, August 13: Victorian Days at the Courthouse





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The Courthouse Docket is a monthly series of presentations held in the History Museum's Historic Courtroom A. The Courthouse Docket Series is sponsored by Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation.