SAN FRANCISCO—Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye announced the appointment of Presiding Judge Marsha Slough, Superior Court of San Bernardino County, as the new chair of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. Judge Slough’s one-year term as chair officially begins on September 15, 2014.
The committee, which includes the presiding judges of all 58 trial courts, contributes to the statewide administration of justice by monitoring areas of significance and making recommendations to the Judicial Council on policy issues affecting the trial courts. The committee chair serves as a non-voting advisory member of the Judicial Council.
“Through this committee, the state’s presiding judges provide invaluable input on legislation, budgets, rules of court, and many other issues impacting the court system,” said Presiding Judge Slough, who currently serves as the committee’s vice chair. “The committee also serves as a vital link to increase communication between the council and the trial courts. I’m grateful to have the confidence of the Chief Justice and my fellow presiding judges, and I look forward to serving as chair.”
The council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee selects its candidate for chair by majority vote of all its members. The committee sends its nomination to the Chief Justice, who then makes the official appointment.
Background Information on Presiding Judge Slough
Prior to her appointment in 2012 as presiding judge in San Bernardino County, Judge Slough served as the court’s assistant presiding judge. Appointed to the bench in 2003, she served as presiding judge of San Bernardino’s juvenile court from 2007–2010. She has also held assignments in her court’s criminal, dependency, and civil divisions.
Judge Slough has served on many statewide groups, including the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee, Task Force on Trial Court Fiscal Accountability (vice chair), and Technology Planning Task Force. She has also been recognized with awards from many legal organizations, including the San Bernardino County Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the California Probation, Parole & Corrections Association.