News Archive

 

May 18, 2022

The Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One announces the appointment of Martin N. Buchanan as Associate Justice. Read more on the California Courts Newsroom: Commission Confirms Appointments to Court of Appeals.

Associate Justice Richard D. Fybel
March 4, 2022

SANTA ANA — Associate Justice Richard D. Fybel of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three, will retire effective March 31, 2022.  He has served as a justice since February 2002 and has authored over 2,000 opinions, including 260 published opinions.  Before his appointment to the Orange County Superior Court in 2000, he was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. (Click here to read the full story.)


February 15, 2022

Governor Gavin Newsom announces his nomination of Fourth District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (read the full story).

Justice David A. ThompsonOctober 4, 2021

SANTA ANA—Associate Justice David A. Thompson of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three will retire from the court on October 15, 2021. “After 24 years on the bench, I am looking forward to returning to the private sector for the next chapter in my legal career,” Justice Thompson stated.

Justice Thompson served on the appellate court for 9 years and authored more than 700 opinions covering the full spectrum of civil, commercial, and criminal litigation. Previously, he served 15 years as a trial judge in the Orange County Superior Court where he presided over hundreds of civil trials and heard thousands of civil motions. Click here to read the full story.

 

September 30, 2021

Presiding Justice Kathleen E. O’Leary of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three will celebrate 40 years as a California judicial officer on October 2, 2021.

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., appointed Justice O’Leary to the West Orange County Municipal Court on October 2, 1981. Governor George Deukmejian appointed her to the Orange County Superior Court five years later. In 1997, her colleagues elected her Presiding Judge of the Orange County Superior Court, making her the first woman in Orange County to hold that position. Her colleagues reelected her to that position two more times. Click here to read full story.


 

April 27, 2021

The Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, recognizes Law Day and its Volunteer Attorney Mediators.