Presiding Judge Daniel Buckley

Judge Buckley portraitHon. Daniel J. Buckley
Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2015 – Sept 14, 2017

Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye with a term ending in 2017. Appointed as an advisory member in 2014.

Internal Committees: Executive and Planning Committee; Technology Committee, Vice-Chair

Council Liaison to: Orange, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Presiding Judge Daniel J. Buckley was appointed to the Los Angeles bench in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis. He became the supervising judge of the civil courts in 2012 after serving as the assistant supervising judge. In January 2015 he became Assistant Presiding Judge and  in January 2017 he became Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. Judge Buckley has more than 14 years’ experience as a judge with assignments in criminal, limited and general jurisdiction civil, and probate cases.

Judge Buckley served on the CJA Ethics Committee. He teaches regularly for the Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research on ethics, civil law, jury instructions and computer skills for judges. He also serves as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California, University of Notre Dame and Loyola Law School. Prior to his appointment, he worked for 22 years in private practice.

Liaison Report on San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Feb 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.