The Honorable Charles Margines

Orange County Superior Court, Department C20

Biography

The Hon. Charles Margines is a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed to the Municipal Court of Orange County by former Governor Pete Wilson on May 25, 1993, filling a vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Randell L. Wilkinson. He was elevated to the Superior Court on August 10, 1998, upon the majority vote of the judges in the county to convert Municipal Courts to Superior Courts.

Margines attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in English in 1970 as well as a J.D. in 1974.

He joined the Office of the Public Defender of Orange County in 1975, serving as a deputy public defender until 1981. He then became the sole practitioner in his own private practice, where he handled criminal defense and personal injury cases for the next twelve years.

Margines has been a member of the California Judges Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He has co-chaired the Gender Equity Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.

He served on the Executive Board of TODOS Hospital Support Group from 1992 to 1995.

Margines was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1961.

He is married with three sons. In his spare time, he likes to exercise. He enjoys jogging, cycling, and playing volleyball.

He is registered as a Republican.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles Margines

  • BUONCRISTIANI, D.D.S., INC. V. NEWPORT ENDODONTIC GROUP

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    Defendants and Cross-Complainants have filed an appeal from this court’s order of July 30, 2019 granting Plaintiffs and Cross-Defendants’ application for a TRO and OSC re: preliminary injunction. In light of the appeal, the OSC, set for hearing this date, is ordered STAYED pending resolution of the appeal....

  • MAGANA V. STERLING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The case having been fully settled, the motion to consolidate is ordered OFF CALENDAR.

    ...

  • MAGANA V. STERLING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion brought by Defendants Sterling Property Management, Inc. and Prison Mutiny General Partnership for issuance of an order compelling Plaintiffs Bernardo Magana and Yesenia Gonzales to provide further responses to Special Interrogatories, Set One and for sanctions agai...

  • DARDEN V. ROGERS

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of attorneys Petrey & Riddle to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff and Cross-defendant Barbara Darden – Facts/Overview: This is a breach of contract action involving construction/remodel work on plaintiff’s home. The complaint consists of one cause of action for B...

  • CONNOLLY V. LINDSAY

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motions by counsel for plaintiff Entertainment America Agency, Inc. and plaintiff Christopher Nils Connolly to withdraw as their counsel – Facts/Overview: The complaint in this action was filed on 6/7/19 by plaintiffs Entertainment America Agency, Inc. and Christopher Nils...

  • AWI BUILDERS, INC. V. POCKMAN

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the demurrer and motion to strike filed by Cross-defendants AWI Builders, Inc. and Robert Mekikyan, as discussed more fully infra – Facts/Overview: This is a construction dispute involving a publicly owned project. The lawsuit arises out of a contract between Plaintiff AWI, th...

  • FAILS V. ARCADIO

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of defendants Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier-CA, LLC (collectively Uber) for a protective order – Facts/Overview: The complaint herein was filed on 9/20/18 by plaintiff Katlyn Fails against defendants Christian Arcadio and Uber Technologies, Inc. for negligence....

  • DIXON V. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of Plaintiff Crystal Dixon for issuance of terminating sanctions or issue sanctions; and for imposition of $3,600.00 in monetary sanctions against Defendant Raj Vyas, M.D. – Facts/Overview: This is a wrongful death action arising from medical treatment provided by D...

  • JOHN R. BUONCRISTIANI, INC., D.D.S. V. NEWPORT ENDODONTIC GROUP

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion to compel arbitration and the order to show cause why this case should not be sent to arbitration pursuant to the partnership agreement – The moving parties are Defendants/cross-complainants Jeffrey R. Pene, D.D.S., M.S.D., Inc. and Jeffrey R. Pene (collectively, Pe...

  • DOE V. ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of plaintiff John Doe to consolidate related case – Facts/Overview: The complaint filed on 10/2/15 by plaintiff John Doe against defendants Anaheim Union High School District [AUHSD] and David Michael Bruce contains causes of action for: (1) negligent supervision of...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles Margines

  • BUONCRISTIANI, D.D.S., INC. V. NEWPORT ENDODONTIC GROUP

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    Defendants and Cross-Complainants have filed an appeal from this court’s order of July 30, 2019 granting Plaintiffs and Cross-Defendants’ application for a TRO and OSC re: preliminary injunction. In light of the appeal, the OSC, set for hearing this date, is ordered STAYED pending resolution of the appeal....

  • MAGANA V. STERLING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The case having been fully settled, the motion to consolidate is ordered OFF CALENDAR.

    ...

  • MAGANA V. STERLING PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, INC.

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion brought by Defendants Sterling Property Management, Inc. and Prison Mutiny General Partnership for issuance of an order compelling Plaintiffs Bernardo Magana and Yesenia Gonzales to provide further responses to Special Interrogatories, Set One and for sanctions agai...

  • DARDEN V. ROGERS

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of attorneys Petrey & Riddle to be relieved as counsel for Plaintiff and Cross-defendant Barbara Darden – Facts/Overview: This is a breach of contract action involving construction/remodel work on plaintiff’s home. The complaint consists of one cause of action for B...

  • CONNOLLY V. LINDSAY

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motions by counsel for plaintiff Entertainment America Agency, Inc. and plaintiff Christopher Nils Connolly to withdraw as their counsel – Facts/Overview: The complaint in this action was filed on 6/7/19 by plaintiffs Entertainment America Agency, Inc. and Christopher Nils...

  • AWI BUILDERS, INC. V. POCKMAN

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the demurrer and motion to strike filed by Cross-defendants AWI Builders, Inc. and Robert Mekikyan, as discussed more fully infra – Facts/Overview: This is a construction dispute involving a publicly owned project. The lawsuit arises out of a contract between Plaintiff AWI, th...

  • FAILS V. ARCADIO

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of defendants Uber Technologies, Inc. and Rasier-CA, LLC (collectively Uber) for a protective order – Facts/Overview: The complaint herein was filed on 9/20/18 by plaintiff Katlyn Fails against defendants Christian Arcadio and Uber Technologies, Inc. for negligence....

  • DIXON V. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ORANGE COUNTY

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of Plaintiff Crystal Dixon for issuance of terminating sanctions or issue sanctions; and for imposition of $3,600.00 in monetary sanctions against Defendant Raj Vyas, M.D. – Facts/Overview: This is a wrongful death action arising from medical treatment provided by D...

  • JOHN R. BUONCRISTIANI, INC., D.D.S. V. NEWPORT ENDODONTIC GROUP

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion to compel arbitration and the order to show cause why this case should not be sent to arbitration pursuant to the partnership agreement – The moving parties are Defendants/cross-complainants Jeffrey R. Pene, D.D.S., M.S.D., Inc. and Jeffrey R. Pene (collectively, Pe...

  • DOE V. ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Aug 7, 2019 |  Judge Charles Margines |  Orange County, CA

    The court rules as follows on the motion of plaintiff John Doe to consolidate related case – Facts/Overview: The complaint filed on 10/2/15 by plaintiff John Doe against defendants Anaheim Union High School District [AUHSD] and David Michael Bruce contains causes of action for: (1) negligent supervision of...

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