The Honorable James F. Rigali

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department SM2

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Biography

The Hon. James F. Rigali is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2004.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Rigali received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983. He also earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Rigali first worked at the Los Angeles law firm of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen before moving to Santa Maria, California to practice general civil law at Henbury and Rigali. Then, in 1994, he joined Kirk and Simas where he would serve as a partner. During his time there, Rigali specialized in real estate, estate litigation and general civil matters. Rigali also served as co-owner of the Grover Beach Realty Company, a business he ran alongside his sister. He remained in both capacities until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2004.

He and his wife Anne are the parents of six children.

Recent Rulings by Hon. James F. Rigali

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF HEATHER ILIFF

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on September 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.<...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KAREN ANDREA PRECIADO VILLA

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on September 20, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF LILIANA DIAZ, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Termination of Guardianship

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF JOHN NUNES COELHO

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MAYCOL LOPEZ ESCALANTE

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Timely Mailed Service. Proof of timely mailed service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Henry Lopez and Escalante an...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF AARON ELIJAH TELL

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Limited Conservator

    Appearances required for evidentiary hearing.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MAYCOL LOPEZ ESCALANTE

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Timely Mailed Service. Proof of timely mailed service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Henry Lo...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TODD ALLEN JENKINS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Conservatorship of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CORALIA PERAZA OWENS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report of Conservator / Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    1st Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Discrepancy no. 1 - A supplement to the petition must be filed explaining the following unusual disbursement:

    Payments to Board and Care Faci...

  • ESTATE OF NORBERT ZIMMERMANN

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was file...

  • ESTATE OF NORBERT ZIMMERMANN

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) Proof of Pub...

  • ESTATE OF MICHAEL T. KRAUS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    Appearances required. The following must be addressed at the hearing:

    Paragraph 5b – Stepchild. It is alleged that Decedent has a stepchild, J. Dosa, who is now an adult.

    Probate Code section 6454 stat...

  • ESTATE OF MICHAEL T. KRAUS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • RESIDENTS FOR ORCUTT SENSIBLE GROWTH V. COUNTY OF SB

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Writ of Mandate (CEQA); Motion to Augment Record

    This motion to augment the record was filed on May 26, 2020. Santa Barbara County (“County”) moved to augment the record with the following documents:

    “Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Analysis” and

    “Noi...

  • FOSTER DAIRY FARMS V. EMERICK, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Pretrial Writ of Attachment

    On May 18, 2020, plaintiff Foster Dairy Farms (dba as Crystal Creamery), filed a complaint against defendants Coast Line Distributing, Inc. (Coastline), Kenny Emerick, and Paul Ceja, alleging nine causes of action, including breach of written and ...

  • HERRINGTON V. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer

    In a first amended complaint (“FAC”) filed May 29, 2020, plaintiff Jennifer Herrington (“plaintiff” or “Herrington”) alleges she was employed by defendant The Nature Conservancy in 2000. In 2018, plaintiff was offered and accepted the role of Project Manager of the D...

  • BEDFORD, ET AL. V. COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer to First Amended Petition

    The court is in receipt of the demurrer and joinder, the opposition, and the reply (filed on September 8, 2020). The court will need more time to review all submissions, including the documents associated with respondents’ request for judic...

  • “PETITION OF RALPH MARTINEZ”

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review of Compliance with Court Order

    Appearances required.

    According to this Court’s Order, filed July 30, 2020, in case no. 19PR00492, the parties should come prepared to update the Court on the status of the following:

    - Transfer of title to the modular hom...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF FIDEL VALERIO GALICIA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proposed Orders (Forms GC-240 & GC-224)

    2) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250)

    If the above documents are not submitted and on file by the hearing date, it...

  • ESTATE OF SURESH LODHA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary (UPDATED 8/28/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition recommended for approval.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF FIDEL VALERIO GALICIA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (UPDATED 8/28/2020)

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DALE ODOM

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties and Liabilities Acknowledgement (Form DE-147) and Confidential Supplement to Duties and Liabilities of Personal Representative (DE-147(S)). The proposed personal representative did not i...

  • ESTATE OF EDITH JO STEPHENSON

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review of Compliance with Court Order

    Appearances required.

    According to this Court’s Order, filed July 30, 2020, in case no. 19PR00492, the parties should come prepared to update the Court on the status of the following:

    - Transfer of title to the modular hom...

  • ESTATE OF SURESH LODHA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Affidavit of Subscribing Witness – The will is not self-proving, because it does not meet the requirements of Probate Code section 8220(b) [must contain attestation clause under penalty ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. James F. Rigali

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF HEATHER ILIFF

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on September 13, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.<...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KAREN ANDREA PRECIADO VILLA

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on September 20, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF LILIANA DIAZ, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Termination of Guardianship

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF JOHN NUNES COELHO

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MAYCOL LOPEZ ESCALANTE

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Timely Mailed Service. Proof of timely mailed service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Henry Lopez and Escalante an...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF AARON ELIJAH TELL

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Limited Conservator

    Appearances required for evidentiary hearing.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MAYCOL LOPEZ ESCALANTE

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Timely Mailed Service. Proof of timely mailed service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Henry Lo...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TODD ALLEN JENKINS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Conservatorship of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CORALIA PERAZA OWENS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report of Conservator / Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    1st Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Discrepancy no. 1 - A supplement to the petition must be filed explaining the following unusual disbursement:

    Payments to Board and Care Faci...

  • ESTATE OF NORBERT ZIMMERMANN

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was file...

  • ESTATE OF NORBERT ZIMMERMANN

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) Proof of Pub...

  • ESTATE OF MICHAEL T. KRAUS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration (UPDATED 9/14/2020)

    Appearances required. The following must be addressed at the hearing:

    Paragraph 5b – Stepchild. It is alleged that Decedent has a stepchild, J. Dosa, who is now an adult.

    Probate Code section 6454 stat...

  • ESTATE OF MICHAEL T. KRAUS

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • RESIDENTS FOR ORCUTT SENSIBLE GROWTH V. COUNTY OF SB

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Writ of Mandate (CEQA); Motion to Augment Record

    This motion to augment the record was filed on May 26, 2020. Santa Barbara County (“County”) moved to augment the record with the following documents:

    “Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Analysis” and

    “Noi...

  • FOSTER DAIRY FARMS V. EMERICK, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Pretrial Writ of Attachment

    On May 18, 2020, plaintiff Foster Dairy Farms (dba as Crystal Creamery), filed a complaint against defendants Coast Line Distributing, Inc. (Coastline), Kenny Emerick, and Paul Ceja, alleging nine causes of action, including breach of written and ...

  • HERRINGTON V. THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer

    In a first amended complaint (“FAC”) filed May 29, 2020, plaintiff Jennifer Herrington (“plaintiff” or “Herrington”) alleges she was employed by defendant The Nature Conservancy in 2000. In 2018, plaintiff was offered and accepted the role of Project Manager of the D...

  • BEDFORD, ET AL. V. COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, ET AL.

    Sep 15, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer to First Amended Petition

    The court is in receipt of the demurrer and joinder, the opposition, and the reply (filed on September 8, 2020). The court will need more time to review all submissions, including the documents associated with respondents’ request for judic...

  • “PETITION OF RALPH MARTINEZ”

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review of Compliance with Court Order

    Appearances required.

    According to this Court’s Order, filed July 30, 2020, in case no. 19PR00492, the parties should come prepared to update the Court on the status of the following:

    - Transfer of title to the modular hom...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF FIDEL VALERIO GALICIA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proposed Orders (Forms GC-240 & GC-224)

    2) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250)

    If the above documents are not submitted and on file by the hearing date, it...

  • ESTATE OF SURESH LODHA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary (UPDATED 8/28/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition recommended for approval.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF FIDEL VALERIO GALICIA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (UPDATED 8/28/2020)

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DALE ODOM

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties and Liabilities Acknowledgement (Form DE-147) and Confidential Supplement to Duties and Liabilities of Personal Representative (DE-147(S)). The proposed personal representative did not i...

  • ESTATE OF EDITH JO STEPHENSON

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review of Compliance with Court Order

    Appearances required.

    According to this Court’s Order, filed July 30, 2020, in case no. 19PR00492, the parties should come prepared to update the Court on the status of the following:

    - Transfer of title to the modular hom...

  • ESTATE OF SURESH LODHA

    Sep 01, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Affidavit of Subscribing Witness – The will is not self-proving, because it does not meet the requirements of Probate Code section 8220(b) [must contain attestation clause under penalty ...

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