The Honorable Ginger E. Garrett

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 2

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Biography

The Hon. Ginger E. Garrett is a judge for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Christopher G. Money.

Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. She then continued her studies at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she completed a J.D.

She began her legal career as an attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1978. She first worked as a staff attorney for Alabama Legal Aid. Two years later, she accepted a position as managing attorney for the Legal Services Corporation of Tuscaloosa. Then, in 1982, she started her own private practice, where she handled cases for the next decade.

Garrett relocated to the Central Coast of California in 1993. She practiced as a sole practitioner in her own family and juvenile law practice until 2002, at which time she was selected to serve as a family law court commissioner for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County. She held that position until her appointment to the bench.

Garrett has served as the Director of the Tuscaloosa Legal Aid Society. She has also been an advocate of San Luis Obispo County’s Behavioral Health Treatment Court and the Adult Treatment Collaborative Court.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Ginger E. Garrett

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC V. STACY M. BARTLEY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 16, 2019, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Plaintiff) filed this limited civil action against Stacy M. Bartley (Defendant), alleging one cause of action for breach of contract. Plaintiff seeks to recover $7,936.52, plus interest and attorney’s fees, under a vehicle purchase agreement.
    Now b...

  • LAURA DIMILLE V. MARK DANIELS

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Laura DiMille (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action for negligence and strict liability against Mark Daniels (“Defendant”) on June 24, 2019. The action arises out of an incident wherein Plaintiff was riding a horse on a public road in front of Defendant’s property, and Defendant’s donkey escaped ...

  • IN RE: PISMO BEACH HOTEL INVESTMENTS, LLC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Pismo Beach Hotel Investments, LLC (“Petitioner”) initiated this action on March 18, 2020, against True Glass and Glazing, Inc. (“Respondent”). At issue is a mechanic’s lien filed by Respondent on June 17, 2019, against Petitioner’s property on Stimson Avenue in Pismo Beach, California (the “Property”). Pe...

  • REBECCA GRANT V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 24, 2019, Plaintiffs James and Rebecca Grant filed this action against Defendants the State of California (the State), the County of San Luis Obispo (the County), the City of Arroyo Grande (the City), San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, Richard Giuli, Carlos Hernandez, Eric Juarez, Juana P...

  • SHANE ROBERT DUCLOS V. ANIL CHANDULAR PANCHAL

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 19, 2019, Shane Robert Duclos (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Anil Chandular Panchal (Defendant) alleging causes of action, for (1) motor vehicle, and (2) general negligence. Plaintiff’s lawsuit arises from a motorcycle (driven by Plaintiff) versus vehicle (driven by Defendant) collision on Do...

  • CORINA GUZMAN V. TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On December 4, 2018, Plaintiff Corina Guzman filed an employment lawsuit against Defendants Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Sierra Vista Hospital, Inc. dba Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center (SVRMC). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) retaliation ...

  • JOHN DAUPHINEE V. BRADLEY DRATNOL

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    John Dauphine and eight others (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against All Access Coach Leasing, LLC (“All Access”), Modern Management, Inc. (“MMI”), and Bradley Dratnol (“Dratnol”). The complaint alleges (1) wrongful death, (2) strict liability for defective design; (3) negli...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants, stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017, while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail (the County Jai...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants, stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017, while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail (the County Jai...

  • PAUL RICHARD V. LADERA PLAZA, ET AL.

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This negligence and premises liability action was filed on September 22, 2015, by Paul Richard (“Plaintiff”) against Ladera Plaza, LLC and Glenn Martin Company (“GMC”).1 Plaintiff contends that he suffered serious injury to his ankle when he fell into a hole while at work on property located in Arroyo Gran...

  • COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO V. ABC BONDING

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Richard Lee Roche, III (“Roche”) was arrested in San Luis Obispo County. A bail agent from ABC Bonding (ABC) posted a $75,000 bond (Bond No. 2019-EE-004474, the “Bond”) for Roche’s release from custody. On June 4, 2019, Roche failed to appear for a preliminary hearing, and the Court ordered the bond forfei...

  • MARY SULLIVAN V. TREASURES ANTIQUE MALL

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Mary Sullivan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on March 2, 2018, against Treasure Antique Mall, Mary Van Zee, and Crystal Van Zee. The complaint alleges that Plaintiff fell while at Treasures Antique Mall, due to furniture and furniture dollies left in the aisles. The date of the incident wa...

  • WENDY CRONIN V. BRIAN TOUEY, ET AL.

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Wendy Cronin (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Brian Touey (“Touey”), Erich Haas (“Haas”), and 805 Beach Breaks, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) on November 27, 2019. The dispute concerns the parties’ respective ownership interests in 805 Beach Breaks, Inc., a licensed retail cannabis storefront di...

  • BETTY LONG V. CITY OF EXETER, ALEX GEIGER

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On December 13, 2016, Betty Long and David Fear, residents of Grover Beach, were attacked by two dogs. Both were injured and David Fear died from his injuries three days later. Rachel, Sarah, and Steven Fear (the “Fears”) are his children and sole heirs.
    On September 28, 2017, the Fears and Betty Long...

  • DALE HOBE V. RHONDA NIELSEN

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On October 25, 2019, Rhonda Jean Nielsen (“Nielsen”) filed an unlawful detainer action (19LC- 1054) (the “Unlawful Detainer Action”) against Dale Hobe (“Hobe”), seeking recovery of real property located at 280 S. Las Flores Dr., Nipomo, California (the “Property”). On October 31, 2019, Hobe filed her answe...

  • RONDA BROOMBAUGH V. RONALD RITTER

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Ronda Broombaugh (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on March 25, 2020, against Ronald Ritter (“Defendant”). According to the complaint, on January 10, 2020, Defendant, while intoxicated, crashed his motor vehicle into a wall adjacent to and near Plaintiff’s residence in Grover Beach. The compl...

  • SHANTELLE BLEDSOE V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Shantelle Renee Bledsoe (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for negligence and dangerous condition of public property on October 18, 2019, against the Board of Trustees of the California State University (“Defendant”).1 The action arises out of a trip and fall accident and resulting injury that occurred on the...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017 while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail ...

  • IN RE: ROBERT LICHTMAN

    Aug 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    On March 9, 2020, Robert Lichtman (“Petitioner”) filed a Petition to Compel Arbitration and for Appointment of Neutral Arbitrator. The petition names attorney Denise Jarman as the “Respondent.” According to the petition, in November 2018, the parties entered into a written attorney-cl...

  • SHANE ROBERT DUCLOS V. ANIL CHANDULAR PANCHAL

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 19, 2019, Shane Robert Duclos (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Anil Chandular Panchal (Defendant) alleging causes of action, for (1) motor vehicle, and (2) general negligence. Plaintiff’s lawsuit arises from a motorcycle (driven by Plaintiff) versus vehicle (driven by Defendant) collision on Do...

  • DANIEL ACEDO V. CDCR, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Daniel Acedo (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on December 24, 2019. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges conversion of $4,032 and conversion of a television and seeks “detention damages” against multiple Defendants. The complaint is filed on behalf of Plaintiff and the Estate of Victor Raigoza.
    Defendant U.S....

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC V. STACY BARTLEY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 16, 2019, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Plaintiff) filed this limited civil action against Stacy M. Bartley (Defendant), alleging one cause of action for breach of contract. Plaintiff seeks to recover $7,936.52, plus interest and attorney’s fees, under a vehicle purchase agreement.
    Now b...

  • MATTHEW FARMER V. BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL; LORI AJAX

    Aug 11, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Plaintiff/Petitioner Matthew Farmer (“Petitioner”) filed this action on October 8, 2019, against the Bureau of Cannabis Control (the “Bureau”) and Lori Ajax, in her official capacity as Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control (collectively “Defendants”). Petitioner filed his First Amended Petition for Writ...

  • SANDRA ROSALES V. NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background
    On March 4, 2020, Sandra Rosales (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Nissan North America, Inc. (Defendant). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges three causes of action, for (1) Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability under the Song-Beverly Warranty Act (the Act); (2) Breach of Express Warra...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Ginger E. Garrett

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC V. STACY M. BARTLEY

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 16, 2019, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Plaintiff) filed this limited civil action against Stacy M. Bartley (Defendant), alleging one cause of action for breach of contract. Plaintiff seeks to recover $7,936.52, plus interest and attorney’s fees, under a vehicle purchase agreement.
    Now b...

  • LAURA DIMILLE V. MARK DANIELS

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Laura DiMille (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action for negligence and strict liability against Mark Daniels (“Defendant”) on June 24, 2019. The action arises out of an incident wherein Plaintiff was riding a horse on a public road in front of Defendant’s property, and Defendant’s donkey escaped ...

  • IN RE: PISMO BEACH HOTEL INVESTMENTS, LLC

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Pismo Beach Hotel Investments, LLC (“Petitioner”) initiated this action on March 18, 2020, against True Glass and Glazing, Inc. (“Respondent”). At issue is a mechanic’s lien filed by Respondent on June 17, 2019, against Petitioner’s property on Stimson Avenue in Pismo Beach, California (the “Property”). Pe...

  • REBECCA GRANT V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 24, 2019, Plaintiffs James and Rebecca Grant filed this action against Defendants the State of California (the State), the County of San Luis Obispo (the County), the City of Arroyo Grande (the City), San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, Richard Giuli, Carlos Hernandez, Eric Juarez, Juana P...

  • SHANE ROBERT DUCLOS V. ANIL CHANDULAR PANCHAL

    Sep 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 19, 2019, Shane Robert Duclos (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Anil Chandular Panchal (Defendant) alleging causes of action, for (1) motor vehicle, and (2) general negligence. Plaintiff’s lawsuit arises from a motorcycle (driven by Plaintiff) versus vehicle (driven by Defendant) collision on Do...

  • CORINA GUZMAN V. TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On December 4, 2018, Plaintiff Corina Guzman filed an employment lawsuit against Defendants Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Sierra Vista Hospital, Inc. dba Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center (SVRMC). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) retaliation ...

  • JOHN DAUPHINEE V. BRADLEY DRATNOL

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    John Dauphine and eight others (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against All Access Coach Leasing, LLC (“All Access”), Modern Management, Inc. (“MMI”), and Bradley Dratnol (“Dratnol”). The complaint alleges (1) wrongful death, (2) strict liability for defective design; (3) negli...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants, stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017, while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail (the County Jai...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Sep 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants, stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017, while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail (the County Jai...

  • PAUL RICHARD V. LADERA PLAZA, ET AL.

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    This negligence and premises liability action was filed on September 22, 2015, by Paul Richard (“Plaintiff”) against Ladera Plaza, LLC and Glenn Martin Company (“GMC”).1 Plaintiff contends that he suffered serious injury to his ankle when he fell into a hole while at work on property located in Arroyo Gran...

  • COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO V. ABC BONDING

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Richard Lee Roche, III (“Roche”) was arrested in San Luis Obispo County. A bail agent from ABC Bonding (ABC) posted a $75,000 bond (Bond No. 2019-EE-004474, the “Bond”) for Roche’s release from custody. On June 4, 2019, Roche failed to appear for a preliminary hearing, and the Court ordered the bond forfei...

  • MARY SULLIVAN V. TREASURES ANTIQUE MALL

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Mary Sullivan (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on March 2, 2018, against Treasure Antique Mall, Mary Van Zee, and Crystal Van Zee. The complaint alleges that Plaintiff fell while at Treasures Antique Mall, due to furniture and furniture dollies left in the aisles. The date of the incident wa...

  • WENDY CRONIN V. BRIAN TOUEY, ET AL.

    Sep 03, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Wendy Cronin (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Brian Touey (“Touey”), Erich Haas (“Haas”), and 805 Beach Breaks, Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) on November 27, 2019. The dispute concerns the parties’ respective ownership interests in 805 Beach Breaks, Inc., a licensed retail cannabis storefront di...

  • BETTY LONG V. CITY OF EXETER, ALEX GEIGER

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On December 13, 2016, Betty Long and David Fear, residents of Grover Beach, were attacked by two dogs. Both were injured and David Fear died from his injuries three days later. Rachel, Sarah, and Steven Fear (the “Fears”) are his children and sole heirs.
    On September 28, 2017, the Fears and Betty Long...

  • DALE HOBE V. RHONDA NIELSEN

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On October 25, 2019, Rhonda Jean Nielsen (“Nielsen”) filed an unlawful detainer action (19LC- 1054) (the “Unlawful Detainer Action”) against Dale Hobe (“Hobe”), seeking recovery of real property located at 280 S. Las Flores Dr., Nipomo, California (the “Property”). On October 31, 2019, Hobe filed her answe...

  • RONDA BROOMBAUGH V. RONALD RITTER

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Ronda Broombaugh (“Plaintiff”) filed this personal injury action on March 25, 2020, against Ronald Ritter (“Defendant”). According to the complaint, on January 10, 2020, Defendant, while intoxicated, crashed his motor vehicle into a wall adjacent to and near Plaintiff’s residence in Grover Beach. The compl...

  • SHANTELLE BLEDSOE V. BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Shantelle Renee Bledsoe (“Plaintiff”) filed this action for negligence and dangerous condition of public property on October 18, 2019, against the Board of Trustees of the California State University (“Defendant”).1 The action arises out of a trip and fall accident and resulting injury that occurred on the...

  • MARGO BENSON-HAMMER V. COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO, ET AL.

    Aug 27, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On November 5, 2018, Plaintiffs Margo Benson-Hammer and the Estate of Russell Hammer (the Estate) filed a wrongful death lawsuit against various Defendants stemming from the death of Margo1’s husband, Russell, on November 27, 2017 while he was in custody in the San Luis Obispo County Jail ...

  • IN RE: ROBERT LICHTMAN

    Aug 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    On March 9, 2020, Robert Lichtman (“Petitioner”) filed a Petition to Compel Arbitration and for Appointment of Neutral Arbitrator. The petition names attorney Denise Jarman as the “Respondent.” According to the petition, in November 2018, the parties entered into a written attorney-cl...

  • SHANE ROBERT DUCLOS V. ANIL CHANDULAR PANCHAL

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On April 19, 2019, Shane Robert Duclos (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Anil Chandular Panchal (Defendant) alleging causes of action, for (1) motor vehicle, and (2) general negligence. Plaintiff’s lawsuit arises from a motorcycle (driven by Plaintiff) versus vehicle (driven by Defendant) collision on Do...

  • DANIEL ACEDO V. CDCR, ET AL.

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Daniel Acedo (“Plaintiff”) filed this action on December 24, 2019. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges conversion of $4,032 and conversion of a television and seeks “detention damages” against multiple Defendants. The complaint is filed on behalf of Plaintiff and the Estate of Victor Raigoza.
    Defendant U.S....

  • FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY LLC V. STACY BARTLEY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On September 16, 2019, Ford Motor Credit Company LLC (Plaintiff) filed this limited civil action against Stacy M. Bartley (Defendant), alleging one cause of action for breach of contract. Plaintiff seeks to recover $7,936.52, plus interest and attorney’s fees, under a vehicle purchase agreement.
    Now b...

  • MATTHEW FARMER V. BUREAU OF CANNABIS CONTROL; LORI AJAX

    Aug 11, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Plaintiff/Petitioner Matthew Farmer (“Petitioner”) filed this action on October 8, 2019, against the Bureau of Cannabis Control (the “Bureau”) and Lori Ajax, in her official capacity as Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control (collectively “Defendants”). Petitioner filed his First Amended Petition for Writ...

  • SANDRA ROSALES V. NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background
    On March 4, 2020, Sandra Rosales (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Nissan North America, Inc. (Defendant). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges three causes of action, for (1) Breach of Implied Warranty of Merchantability under the Song-Beverly Warranty Act (the Act); (2) Breach of Express Warra...

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