The Honorable James E. Herman

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Barbara - 1

CA Bar #: 68183 (January 1976)

Appointed By: Gov. Arnold A. Schwarzenegger

Biography

Hon. James E. Herman is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. James Jennings (Ret.).

Herman is a registered Democrat.

Judge Herman received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971. He went on to earn his J.D. from California Western Law School in 1975. He also graduated with his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law in 1976, where he served as a Robert Marshall and Jacob Fuchsberg Fellow.

Herman spent the first seven years of his legal career working as a deputy public defender for the Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Riverside counties.

It would prove to be his only excursion into the public arena, as Herman would spend the next twenty-one years in private practice. He joined the law firm Goux, Romasanta, and Cappello as an associate in 1984 and three years later became a named partner at Rogers, Sheffield, and Herman. He was also a named partner at Reicker, Pfau, Pyle, McRoy, and Herman from 1999 until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2005. During his tenure in private practice, Herman specialized in complex commercial litigation.

During his time on the Superior Court, Judge Herman has served as a Juvenile Presiding Judge, a Civil Supervising Judge and a Presiding Judge of the Court. Some of his assignments have included the criminal trial department, as well as probate, family law, and the Appellate Division. During his time as the Juvenile Presiding Judge, he was instrumental in establishing a drug court to help at-risk parents. He has also been a proponent for the advancement of courtroom technology including electronic court filings as well as making records accessible online.

Judge Herman was appointed by the Hon. Chief Justice Ronald George with the California Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a voting member of the California Judicial Council in 2010. He was also selected for another three-year term in 2013 by the Hon. Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauy, during which time, Judge Herman served as council liaison to the Kings, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura County Superior Courts. His other Judicial Council duties included serving as chair of the Council's Technology Planning Task Force.

Some of his other judicial committees have included the Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee, the California Commission on Access to Justice, the Court Case Management System General Administrative Advisory Committee, the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, the Public Access to Judicial Administrative Records Working Group, as well as various other working groups and subcommittees.

Herman has served as a board member for the Santa Barbara Chapter of the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Foundation of the State Bar, and the California Rural Legal Assistance and Santa Barbara Legal Aid Foundation. He also served as a member of the State Bar Board of Governors and was the past-president for the Central Coast Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as well as for the State Bar of California.

Some of his awards have included the Light of Hope Award from the Court Appointed Special Advocates in 2011, the Bernard E. Witkin Distinguished Service Amicus Curiae Award from the Judicial Council in 2004, and the Diversity in the Profession Award from the State Bar of California, just to name a few.

Judge Herman hails from Kansas City, Missouri. He came to California by way of the U.S. Air Force. During his time in the service, Herman studied Chinese at the Defense Department's Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Because of his fluency in Mandarin Chinese, Judge Herman served as a delegation leader during professional exchange visits to the People's Republic of China and has also provided pro bono legal assistance for Chinese-speaking clients.

On a personal note, Judge Herman's wife, the Hon. Denise de Bellefeuille (Ret.), also served as a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court for sixteen years before retiring in 2014.

Recent Rulings by Hon. James E. Herman

  • PRICE VS THE CITY OF ANAHEIM

    Sep 29, 2030 Judge William D CLASTER |  Orange County

    Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction
    Provided that the City will stipulate to a preliminary injunction with respect to the provisions of Ordinance No. 6374 relating to immediate warrantless access to the short-term rental (STR) units, the Court DENIES the application for a preliminary injunct...

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON COMPANY VS. SANTA ANA RV STORAGE, L.P.

    Apr 25, 2026 Orange County

    On March 1, 2019 the Court issued its ruling regarding the interpretation of Section 13.2(f) of the parties’ lease agreement. At the conclusion of oral argument relating to that issue, the Court allowed the parties the opportunity to brief two additional questions: (1) whether under the terms of the lease ...

  • T-12 THREE, LLC VS. TURNER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

    Apr 25, 2026 Orange County

    1)Defendant Saddleback Corp's Motion for Summary Judgment or, Alternatively, Summary Adjudication Against Plaintiffs 2)Defendant California Sheet Metal Works, Inc.'s Motion for Summary Adjudication 3)Defendants University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc.; Division 8, Inc.; and Wirtz Tile & Stone ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF NATALIE SABBE

    Mar 29, 2022 Ventura County

    The inventory and appraisal was filed by Limited Conservators on 06/18/21. The Court has reviewed the I&A, and it is complete. No appearance is required.

    Bond not required. The Court waives the accountings as long as the estate remains within the limits set by PC §2628.

    The court date of 3/...

  • IN THE MATTER OF NATHAN LACQUEMENT

    Feb 15, 2022 Ventura County

    The inventory and appraisal ("I&A") was due by 05/24/21. As of 05/27/21, it has not been filed. Unless the I&A is filed before the hearing, the Court will set an OSC re Failure to File Inventory and Appraisal and require the mandatory appearance by Conservator Laarni Lacquement.

    The Clerk shall giv...

  • IN THE MATTER OF RICHARD CASE

    Jan 18, 2022 Ventura County

    The inventory and appraisal was filed by Conservator on 3/16/21. The Court has reviewed the I&A, and it is complete. No appearance is required. Bond waived. Accountings waived per Prob. C. §2628.

    The court date of 1/18/22 remains as previously ordered.

    The Clerk shall give notice.

    _...

  • GABRIELA CABRERA VS HELEN LANUZA AS TRUSTEE OF THE LANUZA FAMILY TRUST

    Dec 22, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00139
    Hearing Date:
    December 22, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff
    Gabriela Cabrera’s
    APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT





    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff
    Gabriela Cabrera’s

  • Nov 23, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    19PSCV001121
    Hearing Date:
    November 23, 2021
    Dept:
    O Plaintiff's Request for Default Judgment is DENIED without prejudice for the following reasons:
    1. No Request for Entry of Default has been granted by court..
    2. Name of Defendant in Proposed ...

  • ANDREW J. SHAW VS SANDY R. MILLIGAN

    Nov 23, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    19PSCV01121
    Hearing Date:
    November 23, 2021
    Dept:
    O Plaintiff's Request for Default Judgment is DENIED without prejudice based on the following:
    1. Plaintiff not entitled to prejudgment interest
    2. Loss of use value is uncertain and insufficent ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Nov 23, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff's Request for Default Judgment is DENIED without prejudice for the following reasons:1. No Request for Entry of Default has been granted by court..2. Name of Defendant in Proposed Judgment (i.e. DBA B&J Marine) is different than name of Defendant in the Complaint.3. No evidence to support claim f...

  • NEWREZ LLC D/B/A SHELLPOINT MORTGAGE SERVICING VS RAUL NEVAREZ, ET AL.

    Nov 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00288
    Hearing Date:
    November 17, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff NewRez, LLC dba Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing’s APPLICATION FOR

    DEFAULT JUDGMENT



    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff NewRez, LLC d...

  • JAMEY BLAIR VS SUPERIOR HD INVESTMENTS LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Oct 28, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00008
    Hearing Date:
    October 28, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Jamey Blair’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT





    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Jamey Blair’s Application for Default Judgment ...

  • Oct 26, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00470
    Hearing Date:
    October 26, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Brackett Hangar, LLC’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT





    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Brackett Hangar, LLC’s Application for...

  • Oct 25, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00441
    Hearing Date:
    October 25, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Rebecca Castillo’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT



    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Rebecca Castillo’s Application for Default Judgment is D...

  • KINZOUKU TRADING SDN BHD, A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY VS J & R LPC CORPORATION, A CORPORATION

    Oct 20, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    20PSCV00614
    Hearing Date:
    October 20, 2021
    Dept:
    J




    OSC DATE:


    Wednesday, October 20, 2021




    RE:
    ...

  • KINZOUKU TRADING SDN BHD, A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY VS J & R LPC CORPORATION, A CORPORATION

    Oct 20, 2021 Los Angeles County

    OSC DATE: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    RE: Kinzouku Trading SDN BHD v. J&R LPC Corporation (20PSCV00614)

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Plaintiff Kinzouku Trading SDN BHD’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT

    Tentative Ruling

    ...

  • KINZOUKU TRADING SDN BHD, A PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY VS J & R LPC CORPORATION, A CORPORATION

    Oct 20, 2021 Los Angeles County

    OSC DATE: Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    RE: Kinzouku Trading SDN BHD v. J&R LPC Corporation (20PSCV00614)

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    Plaintiff Kinzouku Trading SDN BHD’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT

    Tentative Ruling

    ...

  • RACHEL METCALF VS SUPERIOR HD INVESTMENTS LLC, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Oct 15, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00009
    Hearing Date:
    October 15, 2021
    Dept:
    O .Plaintiff's Request for a Default Judgement is DENIED without prejudice for the following reason:
    1. Attorney's Fees should be calculated via L.R. 3.214

    ...

  • IRMA FAJARDO VS ABNER FUENTES

    Oct 07, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    20PSCV00733
    Hearing Date:
    October 7, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Irma Fajardo dba El Barril Bar’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT

    JUDGMENT





    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Irma Fajardo dba...

  • HECTOR ARCEO VS HUNG VAN NGO, ET AL.

    Oct 05, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    20PSCV00594
    Hearing Date:
    October 5, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Hector Arceo’s APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT



    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Hector Arceo’s Application for Default Judgment is DENIED

  • BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. VS DAYNA DAYEON KIM

    Oct 01, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00215
    Hearing Date:
    October 1, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff
    Bank of America, N.A.’s
    APPLICATION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT





    Tentative Ruling



    Plaintiff Bank of America, N.A.’s Ap...

  • SEVEN BUBBLES INC. VS MENGHAN LI, ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    18PSCV00224
    Hearing Date:
    October 1, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Seven Bubbles Inc.’s MOTION FOR SANCTIONS RE DEFENDANTS’

    VIOLATION OF DISCOVERY ORDER




    Responding Party: Defendants, Zhexin Shi and ...

  • MOHAMMED KHODABAKHSH VS TERRY L VECHICK, ET AL.

    Oct 01, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    19PSCV01160
    Hearing Date:
    October 1, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Plaintiff Mohammed Khodabakhsh’s MOTION FOR AN ORDER COMPELLING THE DEPOSITION OF DEFENDANT TERRY L. VECHIK


    Responding Party: None (unopposed, as of 9/23/21, 9:13 a.m.; due 9/20/2...

  • GUSTAVO ALVAREZ VS BURRTEC WASTE INDUSTRIES, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION

    Sep 30, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number:
    21PSCV00260
    Hearing Date:
    September 30, 2021
    Dept:
    R
    Defendant Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.’s DEMURRER TO PLAINTIFF’S

    FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT


    Responding Party: Plaintiff, Gustavo Alvarez, on behalf of herself and a...

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

    On December 29, 9999 A Case Entered In Error (Family Law) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Travis County.

    Filed

    Dec 29, 9999

    Status

    ERROR ENTRY

    Type

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    County

    Travis County, TX

    Case Last Refreshed

    Dec 28, 9999

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    Filed

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    County

    Travis County, TX

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    Dec 28, 2999

    ENTERED IN ERROR

    On December 12, 2999 A Case Entered In Error (Gen Lit ) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Travis County.

    Filed

    Dec 12, 2999

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    Type

    CASE ENTERED IN ERROR (GEN LIT )

    County

    Travis County, TX

    Case Last Refreshed

    Dec 11, 2999

    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    County

    Travis County, TX

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    County

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    ENTERED IN ERRO

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    County

    Travis County, TX

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    Dec 11, 2999

    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    County

    Travis County, TX

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    ERROR ENTRY

    Type

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    County

    Travis County, TX

    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    Type

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    County

    Travis County, TX

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    Filed

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    Type

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    County

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    Filed

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    Type

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    County

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    ENTERED IN ERROR

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    Filed

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    THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA vs FLANAGAN, KYLE RAY

    On July 24, 2218 case was filed in the jurisdiction of Stanislaus County. Judge Meredith, Lynne R presiding.

    Filed

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    Status

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    County

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    Judge

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    Case Last Refreshed

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    People of the State of California vs. Mauricio Rosales

    On February 8, 2121 case was filed in the jurisdiction of Merced County.

    Filed

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    County

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    Case Last Refreshed

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    The People of the State of California vs ALFONSO B CARDENAS

    On July 9, 2070 case was filed in the jurisdiction of Kings County.

    Filed

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    Status

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    County

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    Case Last Refreshed

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    CITY OF LOS ANGELES VS BIRD, RUTH

    On July 2, 2031 A Civil (Limited Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County.

    Filed

    Jul 02, 2031

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    Type

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    County

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    AMERICREDIT FINANCIAL SERVICES VS Litika Flourney

    On December 29, 2030 case was filed in the jurisdiction of DeKalb County. Judge Sacks, Albert R presiding.

    Filed

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    County

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    Judge

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    Filed

    May 11, 2030

    Status

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    Type

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    County

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    Judge

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    ALYSSA FLORES VS FORD MOTOR CO.,ET AL.

    On February 27, 2028 An Other Breach Of Contract/Warranty (Not Fraud Or Negligence) (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County.

    Filed

    Feb 27, 2028

    Status

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    Type

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    County

    Los Angeles County, CA

    Case Last Refreshed

    Feb 26, 2028

    ESTATE OF HOPE MORGAN, DECEASED

    On March 3, 2027 case was filed in the jurisdiction of Brazos County. Judge Locke, Jim presiding.

    Filed

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    Status

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    County

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    Judge

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    JOINT PETITION OF: LEVY, LINOY AND JAMES, WESLEY MARTIN

    On December 29, 2021 A Joint Petition For Summary Dissolution (General Jurisdiction) case was filed in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County.

    Filed

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    Status

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    Type

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    County

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    On December 28, 2021 case was filed in the jurisdiction of San Bernardino County. Judge Baxter, James R presiding.

    Filed

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    Status

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    County

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