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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


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Chief Justice Names Jim Humes Administrative Presiding Justice


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced yesterday the designation of Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Jim Humes as administrative presiding justice for the First District.

The new designation as administrative presiding justice is allowed under Rule of Court 10.1004 because the First District has more than one division.  It will require Humes to manage the day-to-day operations of the district, including personnel, budgeting, and facilities issues.

Humes, of Div. One, is notable as California’s first openly gay justice.  He was first appointed to the First District by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in 2012 to a seat in Div. Four, and was elevated to his current post in 2014.

Before being appointed to the judiciary, Humes was Brown’s executive secretary for legal affairs, administration, and policy.  Prior to that, he managed the Department of Justice under then-Attorney General Brown.

He attained his law degree from the University of Denver and worked in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office before coming to California.


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