Longtime 4th District Court of Appeal Associate Justice Judith Haller announced on Monday that she is retiring after 28 years on the San Diego-based court.
Her final day will be Oct. 31, according to a news release from the state Judicial Council.
She has been on the court of appeal since being appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1994. Before that she was a San Diego Superior Court judge for five years, appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian.
In addition to her work on the court, Haller has worked as a special master for the Commission on Judicial Performance presiding over disciplinary hearings for other judges in the state. She has also served on a Judicial Council commission on the future of state courts from 2014 to 2017, and is also now serving as a member of a Supreme Court committee on judicial ethics opinions.
Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell said in a statement that Haller is highly regarded for her expertise in judicial and legal ethics. “Her retirement is well deserved after a long career as an attorney, trial court judge and appellate justice and she will be deeply missed,” McConnell said.
Haller graduated from UCLA and earned a law degree at California Western School of Law. She worked as a deputy district attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney‘s Office for three years and then was a lawyer at the San Diego firm Higgs Fletcher & Mack for 10 years where she was a partner before getting appointed to the Superior Court.
Haller’s retirement comes at a time when the court is undergoing change. A year ago former Associate Justice Patricia Benke retired after a 34-year career.
In May Associate Justice Martin Buchanan was confirmed to replace her on the court.
And in March Gov. Gavin Newsom nominated Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero to a seat on the state Supreme Court. Five days ago the governor nominated her to be the next chief justice of the state’s highest court. A hearing on the nomination in front of the Commission on Judicial Appointments is set for Aug. 26.