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Friday, April 30, 2004


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Ventura Superior Court Jurist Is Honored by Judges’ Group as Juvenile Court Judge of the Year


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Ventura Superior Court Judge John E. Dobroth has been honored as Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by his colleagues.

Dobroth received the Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year Award at the annual meeting of the Juvenile Court Judges of California in Los Angeles last week. The award is named for former Alameda Superior Court Judge Wilmont Sweeney, who served as presiding judge of that county’s Juvenile Court for almost two decades.

Dobroth was elected to the Ventura Municipal Court in 1986 and became a Superior Court judge upon unification in 1998. He has been the presiding officer of the Ventura Mental Health Court, the Ventura Homeless Court and the Ventura Community Court.

He was a Ventura deputy district attorney from 1972 to 1987. He earned his law degree at UCLA.

The judges also awarded pins to judicial officers who have served on the Juvenile Court bench for five years, among them two Los Angeles Superior Court subordinate judicial officers who are candidates in the November judicial runoff elections.

Referee Mildred Escobedo is running against Deputy District Attorney Pat Campbell for the seat being vacated by Judge Marcus Tucker. Referee D. Zeke Zeidler is opposed by Deputy District Attorney David Lopez for the seat being vacated by Judge Rosemary Shumsky.


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