A former San Diego appellate justice was nominated by Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday to function chief justice of the California Supreme Court docket.
Patricia Guerrero, who made historical past as the primary Latina to serve on the state’s highest courtroom, would be the first Latina to function California’s chief justice if confirmed.
Guerrero, 50, of Coronado, would change Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who introduced final month that she wouldn’t search one other time period.
“Justice Guerrero has established herself as a broadly revered jurist with a formidable mind and command of the legislation and deep dedication to equal justice and public service,” Newsom stated in an announcement.
“A primary-generation Californian from the Imperial Valley, Justice Guerrero broke limitations as California’s first Latina Supreme Court docket justice, enriching our state’s highest courtroom together with her insights and deep understanding of the real-world impacts of the courtroom’s selections within the lives of on a regular basis Californians. I thank Justice Guerrero for her willingness to step into this function and am assured that the folks of California will proceed to be properly served by her management for years to come back,” the assertion continued.
If confirmed, Guerrero will assume her function after Cantil-Sakauye’s time period concludes on Jan. 2. Guerrero’s nomination have to be confirmed by voters within the Nov. 8 normal election, and have to be submitted to the State Bar’s Fee on Judicial Nominees Analysis and confirmed by the Fee on Judicial Appointments.
“I’m humbled by this nomination to guide our state’s Supreme Court docket and thank the governor for entrusting me with this honor,” Guerrero stated. “If confirmed, I stay up for persevering with the strides the courtroom has made below Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye to broaden equal entry to justice and create a fairer justice system for all Californians.”
Guerrero is an Imperial Valley native who served on the Fourth District Court docket of Enchantment, Division One in San Diego since 2017. Previous to her appointment to the appellate courtroom, Guerrero was a San Diego Superior Court docket decide, in addition to a former assistant U.S. legal professional within the Southern District of California.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.