Tuesday, November 27, 2018
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The Commission on Judicial Appointments yesterday confirmed five appointments to courts of appeal.
Among those winning favor with the three-member panel was Stuart Pollak, 81, formerly an associate justice of the First District Court of Appeal’s Div. Three, now presiding justice of Division Four.
Two others gained confirmation as associate justices in the First District. They are Gabriel P. Sanchez, 42, who was deputy legal affairs secretary to Gov. Jerry Brown, joining Div. One, and Carin T. Fujisaki, 59, who was principal research attorney for Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, taking a spot on Div. Three.
Peter Krause, 49, who had been Brown’s legal affairs secretary, is now an associate justice of the Third District, and Frank J. Menetrez, 52, an erstwhile member of the Los Angeles Superior Court, has become an associate justice of the Fourth District’s Div. Two.
Confirmation of each was unanimous. The panel is comprised of Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the senior presiding justice of the district to which the appointment is made.
Brown last week made two other Court of Appeal appointments. He chose Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou, 50, to serve on Div. Three of the First District and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Tracie L. Brown, 47, to take a seat on Div. Four of that district.
Confirmation hearings for them have not been announced.
It has been announced, however, that a hearing will be held Dec. 21 on the confirmation of gubernatorial legal advisor Joshua Groban to the California Supreme Court.
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