When Frances Ono’s daughter Susan Husted petitioned Contra Costa County Court for conservatorship over Frances, there was an expectation of due process in the proceedings. There was an expectation that Judge John H. Sugiyama would follow California’s Bill of Rights and California’s Probate Code.
Judge Sugiyama is Chair of the Probate and Mental Health Advisory Committee for the California Judicial Council. Judge Sugiyama would be particularly familiar with Probate Code. He is also in a position to guide actions of probate courts throughout California.
Sadly, Frances did not receive the benefit of California’s Bill of Rights or California’s Probate Code in Judge Sugiyama’s court.