Judge Brian L. McCabe

justice hull portraitHon. Brian L. McCabe
Judge, Superior Court of Merced County

Current Term: Sept 2012–Sept 2016
Membership: Advisory member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committee: Rules and Projects Committee

Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Calaveras, Eldorado, Madera, and Tulare Counties

Judge McCabe was appointed to the superior court in 2004 and is currently Presiding Judge of his court. Before joining the bench, he was sole proprietor/owner of the Law Office of Brian L. McCabe. Before that, he was managing partner at Allen, Polgar, Proietti & Fagalde in Merced and an associate of Kahn, Soares & Conway in Hanford. Judge McCabe is a current member of the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, and vice-chair of the Strategic Evaluation Committee. He is also a recent member of the Judicial Council’s California Court Case Management System Operational Advisory Committee.


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.

Liaison Report on San Luis Obispo, Apr  2016
Judge Buckley reports on his visit to San Luis Obispo Superior Court. San Luis Obispo is located on the coast, north of Santa Barbara and south of Monterey. It has a population of just over 275,000 and covers 3600 sq. miles. The judicial allocation is 13 judges and two commissioners. They currently have 3 judicial vacancies and they are all being covered by assigned judges, a program critical to the court. The court was second on the list for a new courthouse in the early 2000, they are now 50. Proposition 47 has had a tremendous impact on the court, and has put a strain on the court’s limited resources. Judge Buckley reports that the court is happy with their new case management system.

Fresno County Superior Court liaison report
Jul 1, 2013
The Fresno Superior Court has historically been underfunded, and this is growing significantly worse with the state budget crisis. The court has had to close all seven of its outlying branch locations, shorten hours, furlough employees, and freeze salaries. The court believes that technology may be the single greatest efficiency tool to stave off the decline in services due to an erosion of funding.

Madera County Superior Court liaison report
Jul 1, 2013
The Madera Court is a severely underfunded court, and its current funding level is equal to the amount it received in fiscal year 1996–1997. The court continues to struggle with budget cutbacks. As an example: The court does not have technology personnel. It relies on IT services the Judicial Council has contracted for it. “If problems arise on any day other than Thursday, which is almost always the case,” says Judge McCabe, “the court usually but not always must wait.” And while its current court facility is inadequate, a new, four-story courthouse is being constructed across the street.

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