By a MetNews Staff Writer
Court of Appeal Justice Halim Dhanidina of this district’s Div. Three yesterday surprised colleagues and court staff by announcing his retirement as of April 1, ending a stint on the appellate bench that began Aug. 23, 2018.
“While I never expected to be leaving the court so soon after joining it, and though this move may seem abrupt,” he said in an email, “I want you to know that it is the result of much soul searching over an extended period and that it has not been an easy decision to reach. Being a judge/justice has been the honor of my life and I have done everything I could to live up to the immense responsibility of serving the public in this crucial role.”
The jurist did not explain his precise reason for retiring, but did say, “I hope to stay connected with you as I pursue new opportunities in the private sector.”
“I consider my colleagues in the judicial branch and the attorneys and staff with whom I have worked to be among the most decent, brilliant, and caring people I have ever met and I have nothing but an abiding feeling of admiration for each of you.”
Dhanidina was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2012 by then-Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and was elevated by Brown to the Court of Appeal after serving there as a pro tem for nearly a year.
Before his judicial career, he had been a deputy district attorney since 1998.
He received his law degree from UCLA in 1997.
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