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Chief Justice Names 10 to California Judicial Council

By Robyn Hagan Cain on June 14, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There will soon be new blood at the California Judicial Council, the administrative policy-making body of state courts.

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced ten Judicial Council appointments last week, including seven new members and three reappointments.

The new voting members are Judge James R. Brandlin, Superior Court of Los Angeles County; Presiding Judge Sherrill A. Ellsworth, Superior Court of Riverside County; Presiding Judge David Rosenberg, Superior Court of Yolo County, and Judge David De Alba, Superior Court of Sacramento County.

Judges Rosenberg and De Alba now serve as advisory members.

New advisory members are Presiding Judge Laurie M. Earl, Superior Court of Sacramento County; Judge Morris D. Jacobson, Superior Court of Alameda County; Presiding Judge Brian L. McCabe, Superior Court of Merced County; Mary Beth Todd, Court Executive Officer, Superior Court of Sutter County; Judge Charles D. Wachob, Superior Court of Placer County; and Judge Kenneth K. So, Superior Court of San Diego County.

Judge So, a current voting member, has been reappointed to a one-year term as an advisory member.

Presiding Judge McCabe and Judges Jacobson and Wachob will fill new advisory positions approved by the Judicial Council in May 2012. All the appointments, except for one voting position, are effective September 15, 2012.

As created by the state constitution, the California Judicial Council consists of:

  • California’s Chief Justice, as chair.
  • Fourteen judicial members appointed by the Chief Justice.
  • Four attorney members appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors.
  • One member from each house of the Legislature.
  • Nine advisory members.

The Administrative Director of the Courts serves as secretary to the council.

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