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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


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Superior Court Judge Cesar Sarmiento Retires to Join JAMS


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Cesar Sarmiento has retired to take up private judging.

Sarmiento, 60, is now working out of the Santa Monica office of JAMS. He could not be reached yesterday for comment.

A native of the Philippines, he graduated from Chatsworth High School and California State University, Northridge, where he majored in political science. He graduated from UC Davis School of Law, where he was managing editor of the law review, and began his career in the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Department of Energy in 1980.

He left to become a deputy public defender in 1981 and became a deputy district attorney in 1982.

He was a prosecutor for six years, concluding with an assignment to the Hardcore Gang Division, before then-Gov. George Deukmejian appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1988.

Deukmejian’s successor, Pete Wilson, elevated him to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1993.

In a pre-retirement interview with the Malibu Times, Sarmiento, a longtime resident of the city who sat in its courthouse for eight years and is an avid surfer, said he enjoyed doing settlement work at the court and that it was a “natural segue into the private sector.” As a judge, he said, he had “done it all,” including “very nasty homicide cases” and emotionally intense civil actions.


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