January 22, 2018
Message from Presiding Judge Susan Irene Etezadi

Posted December 12, 2017


Presiding Judge Susan Irene Etezadi

Welcome to the San Mateo County Superior Court Website. I would like to start by welcoming the court's newest judicial officer, the Honorable Nancy L. Fineman to the bench. She officially started working with the court on December 4, 2017. Judge Fineman was appointed by Governor Brown on November 2, 2017 to the San Mateo County Superior Court. She has been a partner at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy LLP since 1996, where she was an associate from 1989 to 1996. She served as a research attorney at the San Mateo County Superior Court from 1992 to 1993 and was an associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold from 1986 to 1989. Judge Fineman earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph E. Bergeron. Judge Bergeron retired in August of 2017. We are very pleased to have Judge Fineman join our Superior Court. Judge Fineman will be assigned to our Northern Branch in South San Francisco effective January 2, 2018.

Our court is still faced with budget challenges as the Governor and Legislature have not restored trial court funding to adequate levels, after the several years of budget cuts. Therefore, we are still working with reduced staffing levels, reduced public hours and reduced services. However, our goal is to provide the best level of service to the public in these difficult fiscal times and we appreciate your ongoing patience and support. We hope to accomplish this goal by continuing to find innovative ways to conduct business and provide essential court services to our community. That includes providing user-friendly information and services on this webpage.

Thank you for visiting and we encourage you to come back often for the latest news and information.

Susan Irene Etezadi, Presiding Judge

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