Judge Gary Nadler

Hon. Gary Nadler
Assistant Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Sonoma County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2015–Sept 14, 2018
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Internal Committees: Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee, Vice Chair; Technology Committee, Vice-Chair; Executive and Planning Committee; and Judicial Branch Budget Committee
 Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties

 Currently assigned to the civil division of the Superior Court of Sonoma County, Judge Nadler served as its presiding judge from 2009 to 2011. Since his appointment to the bench in 2002, he has been a key member of several Judicial Council committees and task forces. A current member of the Trial Court Facility Modification Advisory Committee, he has also been actively involved in the Court Technology Advisory Committee and its Technology Planning Task Force. Judge Nadler previously served on Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, the Trial Court Budget Working Group, and the Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch.

A judicial education leader, Judge Nadler has served on the Civil Law Education Committee for the Center for Judiciary Education and Research since 2005. He teaches extensively in continuing education for California judges and is a faculty member for the Bernard E. Witkin Judicial College, the annual two-week program for new judges. A co-author of the California Discovery Handbook, he has authored action guides relating to civil discovery for the Continuing Education of the Bar.
Judge Nadler is a long-standing adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, from which he received his law degree. Also active in the California Judges Association, he currently serves on its government relations committee. He has been recognized for his community service in connection with Sonoma County’s drug court and in service to the homeless, receiving the Marijke Byck Spirit of Community award from the Task Force for the Homeless in 2009.


Trinity County Superior Court liaison report
Feb 25, 2016

Judge Gary Nadler reports on his visit to Trinity County Superior Court, relating how justice is delivered in the the fourth-least populated county in the state. He briefs council on the court operations handled out of a courthouse falling in disrepair, a satellite office donated by the local sheriffs, and traffic court proceedings often conducted on a park bench.


Humboldt County Superior Court liaison report 
Aug 24, 2015
Once a month, residents of Garberville and Hoopa get a chance to conduct their court business when judges drive to them from Eureka, some 90 miles away, where the main courthouse is located. The issue of delivery has become so dire, the county Board of Supervisors who recently passed a resolution recognizing the county’s need for more court services and modernized space.


Del Norte County Superior Court liaison report 
Aug 24, 2015
Because of its remote location in the northwest corner of the state, the court has a difficult time receiving support from the Assigned Judges Program, a Judicial Council program that provides temporary bench support for overburdened courts. The court is faced with a host of other challenges that come from nearby Pelican Bay State Prison, where more than 3,000 high risk offenders are housed. The court lacks the security systems needed to service in-custody inmates. Resources provided by the county sheriff’s are so low the court cannot use its screening equipment. The workload is so great, the court’s two judges don’t take time off and often work weekends to prevent backlogs.

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