Friday, January 16, 2015
Judge Patrick Hegarty Slates March 31 Retirement
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty is retiring, his courtroom clerk said yesterday.
Lorna Garcia told the MetNews the judge is on vacation and has not turned in his retirement papers, but that he plans to sit for the last time Feb. 13 and officially retire March 31.
Hegarty, currently the site judge in Burbank, was elected to the old Santa Anita Municipal Court in 1994. When the municipal and superior courts merged in 2000, he remained in the since-closed Monrovia courthouse as Superior Court site judge before being moved to Glendale in 2002.
He later served as site judge in Glendale before being transferred to Burbank.
Garcia said Hegarty, 66, was a “devoted husband and grandfather” and that his wife, two sons, and four grandsons “are waiting for him” to spend more time at home. “He’s an awesome person to be around,” the clerk said.
Hegarty, she added, is popular with the attorneys, as well as the court staff, and has said he may return to the court if asked to sit on assignment.
The Iowa native graduated from the University of Oregon in 1970. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1973, joined the law firm of Paten, Faith, & Sandford that year, and remained with the firm until he was elected to the bench.
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