Monday, December 18, 2017
Appointments of Lui, Egerton to C.A. Posts Confirmed by Appointments Commission
Selection of Guerrero for Fourth District Seat Also Approved
By a MetNews Staff Writer
California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye administers the oath of office to Elwood Lui as Court of Appeal presiding justice of this district’s Div. Two, as wife Crystal Lui looks on.
Elwood Lui was confirmed Friday by the Commission on Judicial Appointments as a presiding justice in this district’s Court of Appeal and Anne H. Egerton was cleared to take a seat as an associate justice in the district.
Lui was an associate justice on Div. One up until he was sworn in by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye at Friday’s hearing in San Francisco as the head of Div. Two. He replaces Roger Boren, who retired.
Egerton was a Los Angeles Superior Court judge. She assumed the seat on Div. Three that became vacant upon the retirement of Patti Kitching.
Patricia Guerrero became an associate justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal’s San Diego-based Div. One. She fills the vacancy created by the death of Alex C. McDonald.
The appointments were approved by a unanimous vote. The commission is comprised at all confirmation hearings by the chief justice and the state attorney general; Cantil-Sakauye and Attorney General Xavier Becerra participated yesterday.
The third member is generally the senior Court of Appeal presiding justice of the district to which the appointment has been made, which in this district is Arthur Gilbert of Div. Six, who voted on Egerton. However, Dennis Perluss of Div. Seven acted on the confirmation of Lui.
Manuel A. Ramirez, presiding justice of the Fourth District’s Div. Two, joined Cantil-Sakauye and Becerra in voting to confirm Guerrero.
The elevation of Lui now creates a vacancy in this district’s Div. One. There are also two vacancies in Div. Five—created by the death of Presiding Justice Paul A. Turner on May 18 and the retirement of an associate justice, Richard Mosk (since deceased), on March 30, 2016—and an empty seat in Div. Seven, due to the retirement of Justice Fred Woods on March 31, 2015.
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