Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, June 5, 2008


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Judge Michael Hoff to Retire, Join ARC


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Hoff is retiring from public service and will become a private judge with ARC, the jurist said yesterday.

His last day on the bench will be June 13.

“It just worked out that way,” he explained, referring to the fact that he is leaving office on  Friday the 13th. “I’m not a superstitious person.”

Because of his accrued vacation, Hoff said his official retirment date will be July 31, and he  anticipated that he will begin serving as a private judge sometime in August.

 “Twenty-one years is long enough,” he said of his decision.

The 67-year old jurist said he plans to spend a lot of time on his boat on the lake near his home, fishing, and work on writing a novel, which he described as a legal thriller.

“I’d love to be like John Grisham,” he said.

Although a Los Angeles native, Hoff earned his law degree from La Salle Extension University in Chicago after attending Los Angeles Valley College.

He spent nearly 20 years as a Los Angeles police officer and six years in private practice before being appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1987 by the-Gov. George Deukmejian. Deukmejian elevated him to the Superior Court in 1989.

He served as supervising judge of the Northwest District from 2005 through 2007.


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