The Honorable Arthur A. Garcia

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Maria - SMJ1

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The Hon. Arthur A. Garcia is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Rick Brown (Ret.).

Judge Garcia received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 1975. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1978.

After law school, Garcia entered into private practice, where he would remain until 1996. While in private practice, he served as a partner with Chern, Brenneman, and Garcia, where he specialized in family law.

In 1996, Garcia was appointed to serve as a court commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, where he would preside over the Juvenile Court in Santa Maria. He remained in that position until his appointment to the bench in 2003.

During his time on the bench, Judge Garcia has served as an Assistant Presiding Judge and a Presiding Judge for the Court. He also served as a Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. His other assignments have included adult criminal trials, family support cases, criminal arraignments, family law contested hearings, and the domestic violence calendars. Judge Garcia was instrumental in helping to establish the first juvenile drug courts in both Lompoc and Santa Maria.

His memberships have included the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the California Juvenile Judges Association, the California Judges Association, and the California Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Judge Garcia was born and raised in Santa Maria, California.

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