Judge Stout was appointed to the bench in 1997 and currently serves as the presiding judge of the Superior Court of Inyo County. Since his appointment to the bench, Judge Stout has been a key member on a number of Judicial Council committees and task forces, including the Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, California Tribal Court/State Court Forum, Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, Trial Court Budget Working Group, CJER Rural Courts Education Committee, and the Domestic Violence Practice and Procedures Task Force. Judge Stout also served as co-chair of the Judicial Council's Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee.
|Santa Barbara County Superior Court liaison report
Aug 26, 2014
Judge Stout met with the judicial officers and the court executive of the Santa Barbara court and learned how reductions in staff (26%) and the pending closure of the Solvang courthouse is straining the court. In addition, budget setbacks over the years has forced the court to reduce services to the public and reduce clerk’s office hours, delaying case processing and proceedings. The historic courthouse features no perimeter security, inmates escorted to courtrooms via public hallways
Kern County Superior Court liaison report