Judge David M. Rubin

judge rubin portraitHon. David M. Rubin
Judge, Superior Court of San Diego County

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

Internal Committee: Litigation Management Committee, Chair; Executive and Planning Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of San Bernardino and Sonoma Counties

Judge Rubin was sworn in as a judge in January 2007. He has been a member of the California Judges Association (CJA) board of directors since 2009, and served as CJA’s president for the 2011–2012 term. As president of the CJA, he served as an advisory member of the Judicial Council. He is also a current member of the Bench Bar Coalition and participated in the council’s Executive and Planning Committee review of the Strategic Evaluation Committee’s report on the AOC.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Rubin was a prosecutor for 20 years with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He served as assistant chief of the North County Branch office from 1998 to 2002. In 2011, Judge Rubin received the Outstanding Service to the Community Award, presented by the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association. In 2006, he was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award, and he received the Outstanding Service by Public Attorney Award in 2001, presented by the San Diego County Bar Association. He is married to San Diego attorney Todd Stevens.



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.

San Bernardino County Superior Court liaison report
Dec 16, 2014
Judge Rubin presents his report on the nation's largest county state court—San Bernardino. Historically one of the state’s most underfunded courts, San Bernardino struggles to deliver justice to its 2.1 million residents who are spread out over 20,000 square miles. Shuttered courthouses and courtrooms require judges and jurors and other court users to travel hundreds of miles to access the court. Although the county’s new courthouse is something to be celebrated, the court is only using 25 of the 35 rooms because of lack of funding.
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