Judge Dean T. Stout

Potrait Judge StoutHon. Dean T. Stout
Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Inyo County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2013–Sept 14, 2016
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committees: Litigation Management Committee, Vice-Chair; Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee

Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Kern and Santa Barbara Counties

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.


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.

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
Apr 29, 2014
Judge Stout reports on is March visit to the court. He details the court's geographical challenges delivering access to justice over an 8,000-square-mile area to almost one million people. The ability to attract qualified judicial candidates was also reported as a big concern. The court operates with six vacant judgeships.

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