The Honorable Donna L. Tarter

Kings County Superior Court, Department 5

Biography

The Hon. Donna. L. Tarter is a judge for the Kings County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Louis F. Bissig (Ret.).

She is registered as a Republican.

Judge Tarter received her A.A. from West Valley Community College. She went on to earn her J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law.

After law school, Tarter practiced as an associate at the Law Offices of Steven D. Barnes beginning in 1990.

She left private practice in 1993 to become the public defender for the Kings County Superior Court. While continuing in her role as public defender, Tarter also served as inmate counsel for the State of California's Office of Administrative Hearings.

In 2000, Tarter became a contract sole practitioner, during which time she served as a coordinating attorney for the Kings County Board of Supervisors. She maintained these positions concurrently until receiving the call to the bench in 2009.

While on the bench, Judge Tarter has served as the Presiding Judge of the Court and also served as an Advising Judge to the Kings County Grand Jury.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Donna L. Tarter

  • SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER V CITY OF HANFORD

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Kings County

    Due to court congestion and the volume of the record, this matter must be continued to a date in the future. The court suggests that an hour time slot be calendared. The parties are to meet and confer and select a continued hearing date with the court clerk.

    ...

  • DUGAL V COMMISSION OF TEACHER CREDENTIALING

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Kings County

    Petitioner’s application for a stay of the decision of respondent suspending petitioner’s teaching credentials for 150 days is denied. (Decision dated 8/10/18 was allegedly stayed by respondent until 9/9/18. Stay was then extended by stipulation until September 21, 2018.)
    The original petition filed i...

  • WEST HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE V TAYLOR

    Sep 21, 2018 |  Kings County

    Plaintiff’s objections ##1-4 to the evidence are sustained. This ruling, in addition to the declarations of school administrators disputing UMF 18, 19, 20, 31, raise a triable issue of fact as to plaintiff administrators’ expectations of confidentiality.
    Defendants’ motion for summary judgment based o...

  • DUGAL V COMMISSION OF TEACHER CREDENTIALING

    Sep 21, 2018 |  Kings County

    Petitioner’s application for a stay of the decision of respondent suspending petitioner’s teaching credentials for 150 days is denied without prejudice to renew. (Decision dated 8/10/18 was allegedly stayed by respondent until 9/9/18. Stay was then extended by stipulation until today.)
    The original pe...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Donna L. Tarter

  • SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER V CITY OF HANFORD

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Kings County

    Due to court congestion and the volume of the record, this matter must be continued to a date in the future. The court suggests that an hour time slot be calendared. The parties are to meet and confer and select a continued hearing date with the court clerk.

    ...

  • DUGAL V COMMISSION OF TEACHER CREDENTIALING

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Kings County

    Petitioner’s application for a stay of the decision of respondent suspending petitioner’s teaching credentials for 150 days is denied. (Decision dated 8/10/18 was allegedly stayed by respondent until 9/9/18. Stay was then extended by stipulation until September 21, 2018.)
    The original petition filed i...

  • WEST HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE V TAYLOR

    Sep 21, 2018 |  Kings County

    Plaintiff’s objections ##1-4 to the evidence are sustained. This ruling, in addition to the declarations of school administrators disputing UMF 18, 19, 20, 31, raise a triable issue of fact as to plaintiff administrators’ expectations of confidentiality.
    Defendants’ motion for summary judgment based o...

  • DUGAL V COMMISSION OF TEACHER CREDENTIALING

    Sep 21, 2018 |  Kings County

    Petitioner’s application for a stay of the decision of respondent suspending petitioner’s teaching credentials for 150 days is denied without prejudice to renew. (Decision dated 8/10/18 was allegedly stayed by respondent until 9/9/18. Stay was then extended by stipulation until today.)
    The original pe...

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