When Courtroom A opened in 1910, it was the only Superior Court in San Mateo County. A variety of cases were heard here, from inheritance and insurance cases to traffic court. While trials have not occurred here since 1998, it is occasionally used for ceremonial court events such as the swearing in of new judges.
Courtroom A has been restored to an earlier appearance. Today, the room has many purposes:
- Exhibit: View the restored stained glass dome and furnishings. Take a sit at the judge's bench, witness stand or jury box as you act out your own case.
- Courthouse Docket: Courtroom A is home to a monthly series of lectures, presentations and reenactments that explore different aspects of local history.
- Rentals: Hold your next reception under Courtroom A's stained glass ceiling.
Courtroom A's First Judge
After moving to California, George Buck organized a law practice with an impressive clientele. He served as San Mateo County's district attorney for eight years. As the sole superior court judge for 42 years (1890-1932), he heard an estimated 20,000 cases. One of the founders of the San Mateo County Bar Association, Buck was elected its first president in 1916. Picture from a painting by Ian Bain.