The Honorable Derek D. Malan

Ventura County Superior Court, Department 26


The Hon. Derek D. Malan is a judge for the Ventura County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench on June 5, 2018. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Glen M. Reiser (Ret.).

Judge Malan graduated with his B.A. in international economics from the University of Washington in 1996. He went on to earn his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2000.

Malan served a clerkship for the Ventura County District Attorney's Office while attending law school. He was then hired on full-time at the D.A.'s office directly after passing the bar exam. Starting out as a deputy district attorney in 2000, Malan would work his way up through the ranks, becoming a senior deputy district attorney in 2007. In that position, Malan helped prosecute violent felony gang crimes, human trafficking cases, major narcotics violations, as well as domestic violence matters. He also served as an instructor to law enforcement personnel on the subjects of constitutional law, gangs and hate crimes. Some of his assignments at the D.A's office included the Major Crimes - Narcotics Unit, the Serious and Violent Felony Unit, the Sexual Assault/Family Protection Unit, and the Major Crimes - Gang's Unit, just to name a few.

Malan remained in that position, until 2016, when the Ventura County Superior Court judges selected him to serve as a court commissioner. During his two-year tenure there, Malan presided over family law, civil, probate, truancy, and criminal cases.

After being elected to the bench, Judge Malan was assigned to preside over criminal jury trials.

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