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Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, California's 28th chief justice, was sworn into office January 3, 2011. She is the first Asian-Filipina American and the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice.

The Chief Justice leads the state's third branch of government, the judicial branch. In addition to her role on the California Supreme Court, her constitutional duties include chairing both the Judicial Council and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

As leader of California’s judicial branch, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye has focused on improving the public’s access to justice, building partnerships to lead the judicial branch out of the state’s worst fiscal crisis since the Great Depression, and improving the branch’s efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.

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Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye Issues Statement on Death of Mentor and Friend Governor George Deukmejian

May 08, 2018 | News Release
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye issues statement on death of mentor and friend Governor George Deukmejian. Remembers him as a person of integrity who gave her a priceless opportunity to serve the people of California. "I will always remember Governor Deukmejian as a man of great personal intergrity, who had the courage of his convictions, and a passion for the rule of law. He gave me a priceless opportunity to serve the people of California as his deputy legal affairs secretary and deputy legislative secretary, and ultimately set me on a path to my current role when he appointed me to the Sacramento Municipal Court. I learned many lessons from George and he will be remembered as a man whose service as governor will be recalled with reverence by persons of both parties."
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