Judge Brian C. Walsh

judge brian walshJudge Brian C. Walsh
Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Santa Clara County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2013–Sept 14, 2014
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committees: Executive and Planning
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of San Benito and Stanislaus Counties; AOC Office of Real Estate and Facilities Management

In 2013, Judge Brian Walsh was appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to serve as chair of the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee for a one-year term, replacing Judge Laurie Earl on the Judicial Council.

Prior to his election in 2013 as presiding judge in Santa Clara County, Judge Walsh served as the court’s assistant presiding judge. Appointed to the bench in 2000, Judge Walsh has served on many of his court’s committees, including as chair of the Superior Court Budget Committee, Probate Practices Task Force, Jury Standards Committee, and Media Relations Committee.

Judge Walsh has also served on many of the statewide advisory groups, including the Task Force on Trial Court Fiscal Accountability, California State-Federal Judicial Council, Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch Advisory Committee, and the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee and its Funding Methodology Subcommittee. In addition, Judge Walsh co-founded the Bench-Bar Coalition and served on the Judicial Council as an attorney member from 1994 to 1998.



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.

Judge Walsh reports on the Superior Court of Stanislaus County
Dec 13, 2013
Judge Walsh highlights the court's budget challenges. Lacking the ability to increase court worker salaries, the court reports that approximately 20 percent of its staff must depend on government financial aid. The main courthouse is badly in need of replacement, but the project has undergone numerous funding-related delays. Judge Walsh also reports on the impact of realignment.

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