Hon. Robert J. Moss
Judge, Superior Court of Orange County
Membership: Advisory member, appointed by Chief Justice Ronald M. George
Internal Committees: Executive and Planning Committee; Technology Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Kern and Santa Barbara Counties; AOC Court Operations Special Services Office
Judge Moss currently serves in the Civil Department in the Superior Court of Orange County and has been Chair of the court’s Technology Committee since 2004. Before becoming a judge in 2002, Judge Moss worked in private practice in Orange county from 1973-2002 and was a founding a partner in Howard, Moss, Loveder, Strickroth and Parker in 1987. He specialized in civil litigation including personal injury, insurance bad faith, construction defect, professional malpractice, governmental entity and business tort litigation. He was admitted to the California bar 1973. He was awarded the George Francis Civility Award for the Orange County chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2010, the Jerold S. Oliver Award from the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association in 2007 for his expertise on the court’s unlimited civil panel, and Judge of the Year Award from the Orange County chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2005.
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 Moss reports on the Superior Court of Inyo County