Tuesday, December 24, 2019
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Edward A. Ferns will formally retire from the Los Angeles Superior Court on Dec. 31, it has been learned.
His last actual day on the bench was Friday, and he is exhausting unused vacation time.
Ferns, who was born in Scotland and who immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age 8, was a deputy district attorney from 1975-89. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1989 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian (now deceased) and was elevated to the Superior Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson in 1993.
His law degree was received from Southwestern in 1974.
In 2007, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent the names of Ferns and Los Angeles Superior Court Judges Victoria G. Chaney to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation as possible appointees to this district’s Court of Appeal. Chaney was appointed to Div. One.
However, Ferns served as a pro tem on the Court of Appeal in 2012-14. A 2014 opinion he authored reversed an order denying renewal of a three-year domestic violence restraining order, saying that “the trial court’s conclusion that the absence of further abuse in the three-year period was a sufficient basis for denying renewal is not supported by the law.”
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