Judge Gary Nadler

Hon. Gary Nadler
Judge, Superior Court of Sonoma County

Current Term: Mar 1, 2014–Sept 14, 2015
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committees: Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties

Currently assigned to the civil division of the Superior Court of Sonoma County, Judge Nadler served as its presiding judge from 2009 to 2011. Since his appointment to the bench in 2002, he has been a key member of several Judicial Council committees and task forces. A current member of the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee, he has also been actively involved in the Court Technology Advisory Committee and its Technology Planning Task Force. Judge Nadler previously served on Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, the Trial Court Budget Working Group, and the Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch. Effective March 1, 2014, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council created by the retirement of another member.

A judicial education leader, Judge Nadler has served on the Civil Law Education Committee for the Center for Judicial Education and Research since 2005. He teaches extensively in continuing education for California judges and is a faculty member for the Bernard E. Witkin Judicial College, the annual two-week program for new judges. A co-author of the California Discovery Handbook, he has authored action guides relating to civil discovery for the Continuing Education of the Bar.
Judge Nadler is a long-standing adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, from which he received his law degree. Also active in the California Judges Association, he currently serves on its government relations committee. He has been recognized for his community service in connection with Sonoma County’s drug court and in service to the homeless, receiving the Marijke Byck Spirit of Community award from the Task Force for the Homeless in 2009.


As part of the Judicial Council’s efforts to increase communication and transparency and promote accountability, council members serve as liaisons to the 58 trial courts and to the major service units of the Judicial Council staff. Members with updates present their reports at Judicial Council meetings, bringing fresh perspectives on the issues and challenges facing the judicial branch.
Mendocino County Superior Court Liaison Report by Judge Gary Nadler
Jan 22, 2015
On Jan 22, 2015, Judge Gary Nadler reports that the Mendocino County court continues its struggle to serve the community from its out-dated facility in Ukiah (built in 1928). Court user parking is very limited, especially for jurors. Also, non-existent assembly space requires that jurors share space with in-custody defendants, presenting a significant public safety issue for the court. Though the court is scheduled to open a new facility in a few years, the court reports that because they are unable to save fiscal reserves, they fear they will lack the funds needed to relocate.
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