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 GARY WISEMAN

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report of Conservator

    An accounting is now due, but seems to be unnecessary.

    It is recommended the Conservator file a petition to dispense with accountings pursuant to Probate Code section 2628, since there are no assets in the conservatorship estat...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KAYLA L. HILDENBRAND

    Aug 04, 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 August 3, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • MATTER OF ALAN AMBRIZ

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise (expedited)

    The following deficiencies with the petition must be rectified.

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The attachments supporting the allegation at paragraph 10 of...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILLIAM ENTE

    Aug 04, 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 August 2, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • DURANT HARVESTING, INC. V. CARRARI TRUST

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion to Approve Settlement

    The court and the parties are familiar with the history of this case and it will not be recounted here.

    David Farmer as the Court-appointed Trustee of the Carrari Family Trust dated February 28, 2002, moves this Court “for approval of th...

  • ESTATE OF WINIFRED FAYE MARSHALL

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILMA WALKER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 3rd Accounting and Report

    The following discrepancies must be corrected by supplement to the petition:

    Issues with Format:

    Discrepancy no. 1: Missing Schedule Totals. The accounting is missing schedule totals sheets. Schedules containing more than one page of ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KIRA SAVANNAH KUSKEY

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CORIE LYNN CRAIG

    Jul 28, 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 April 6, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILMA WALKER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 3rd Accounting and Report

    Appearances Required.

    The following is noted for the Court to discuss at the hearing:

    Discrepancy no. 1: Resolved by supplement.

    Discrepancy no. 2: Visa Credit Card Payments. Credit card payments were reported in disbursement ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TYLER TIBBEN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report (Updated 7/24/20 at 9am)

    The following must be remedied before the Court will approve the accounting:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Schedule C, Disbursements, Other Expenses shows a withdrawal of $8,598.58 from the estate for “repayment of 401k loan”. ...

  • ESTATE OF RICHARD ALLEN VIOLETTE

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF ROBERT L. GARDNER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TYLER TIBBEN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report

    The following must be remedied before the Court will approve the accounting:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Schedule C, Disbursements, Fiduciary and Attorney Fees shows payments of $14,001.55 to attorneys for the conservator (Ms. Jarrett) and the conser...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ALTHEA NOCAS

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Change of Venue/2nd Accounting

    Posted Probate Notes:

    Appearances are required to discuss the lingering issues noted.

    A follow up on the original-noted discrepancies is provided for the Court:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Resolved by Supplement filed Ju...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF DAYNA POLK

    Jul 28, 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 April 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF RUSSELL CAICCO

    Jul 28, 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 July 27, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • OLGA OLQUIN V. CAL CENTRAL HARVESTING, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Seven (7) Motions on Calendar

    All seven (7) motions presently scheduled to be heard on July 28, 2020, are continued to August 18, 2020, in Department 2, at 8:30 a.m. The court expects plaintiff’s deposition to have been completed by this time, as ordered by the Court on July...

  • MATTER OF: KYLIE SCHUTZ

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Approval of Transfer of Right to Structured Settlement Payment

    Appearance required.

    The Code requires a copy of the underlying structured settlement agreement be filed, if available. If not available, transferee must satisfy the court that reasonable eff...

  • GALLAUGHER V. TILTON

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Claim of Exemption, Motion: Order Assignment of Judgment Debtor’s Spouse’s Rights to Payment and Restraining Order and Motion: Order Assignment of Judgment Debtor’s Spouse’s Rights to Payment and Restraining Order

    On December 10, 2014, the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial C...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF ISMAEL OMAR REYES PORTILLO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Guardian Confidential Screening Form. The form on file must be completed (Form GC-212) with adequate information to identify the proposed guardian in a national or loc...

  • ESTATE OF ELLA E. HUBBARD

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1) Petition for Letters of Administration 2) Petition to Determine Rightful Title to Real Property

    The following must be submitted:

    Petition for Letters of Administration

    Supplement to the Petition – The following allegations must be made without creating ambi...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARVIN PAUL JENSEN

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 11th Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Appearances required. Attorney for Conservatee and Attorney for Conservator must come prepared to discuss remediation measures to reduce the burn rate of the esatate as noted here:

    Conservatee now resides in a Skilled Nursing ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF ISMAEL OMAR REYES PORTILLO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (Updated 7/20/20)

    Appearances required.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. James F. Rigali

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF GARY WISEMAN

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report of Conservator

    An accounting is now due, but seems to be unnecessary.

    It is recommended the Conservator file a petition to dispense with accountings pursuant to Probate Code section 2628, since there are no assets in the conservatorship estat...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KAYLA L. HILDENBRAND

    Aug 04, 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 August 3, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • MATTER OF ALAN AMBRIZ

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise (expedited)

    The following deficiencies with the petition must be rectified.

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The attachments supporting the allegation at paragraph 10 of...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILLIAM ENTE

    Aug 04, 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 August 2, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • DURANT HARVESTING, INC. V. CARRARI TRUST

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion to Approve Settlement

    The court and the parties are familiar with the history of this case and it will not be recounted here.

    David Farmer as the Court-appointed Trustee of the Carrari Family Trust dated February 28, 2002, moves this Court “for approval of th...

  • ESTATE OF WINIFRED FAYE MARSHALL

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILMA WALKER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 3rd Accounting and Report

    The following discrepancies must be corrected by supplement to the petition:

    Issues with Format:

    Discrepancy no. 1: Missing Schedule Totals. The accounting is missing schedule totals sheets. Schedules containing more than one page of ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KIRA SAVANNAH KUSKEY

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CORIE LYNN CRAIG

    Jul 28, 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 April 6, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF WILMA WALKER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 3rd Accounting and Report

    Appearances Required.

    The following is noted for the Court to discuss at the hearing:

    Discrepancy no. 1: Resolved by supplement.

    Discrepancy no. 2: Visa Credit Card Payments. Credit card payments were reported in disbursement ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TYLER TIBBEN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report (Updated 7/24/20 at 9am)

    The following must be remedied before the Court will approve the accounting:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Schedule C, Disbursements, Other Expenses shows a withdrawal of $8,598.58 from the estate for “repayment of 401k loan”. ...

  • ESTATE OF RICHARD ALLEN VIOLETTE

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF ROBERT L. GARDNER

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TYLER TIBBEN

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1st Accounting and Report

    The following must be remedied before the Court will approve the accounting:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Schedule C, Disbursements, Fiduciary and Attorney Fees shows payments of $14,001.55 to attorneys for the conservator (Ms. Jarrett) and the conser...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ALTHEA NOCAS

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Change of Venue/2nd Accounting

    Posted Probate Notes:

    Appearances are required to discuss the lingering issues noted.

    A follow up on the original-noted discrepancies is provided for the Court:

    Discrepancy no. 1 – Resolved by Supplement filed Ju...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF DAYNA POLK

    Jul 28, 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 April 20, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF RUSSELL CAICCO

    Jul 28, 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 July 27, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • OLGA OLQUIN V. CAL CENTRAL HARVESTING, INC., ET AL.

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Seven (7) Motions on Calendar

    All seven (7) motions presently scheduled to be heard on July 28, 2020, are continued to August 18, 2020, in Department 2, at 8:30 a.m. The court expects plaintiff’s deposition to have been completed by this time, as ordered by the Court on July...

  • MATTER OF: KYLIE SCHUTZ

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Approval of Transfer of Right to Structured Settlement Payment

    Appearance required.

    The Code requires a copy of the underlying structured settlement agreement be filed, if available. If not available, transferee must satisfy the court that reasonable eff...

  • GALLAUGHER V. TILTON

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Claim of Exemption, Motion: Order Assignment of Judgment Debtor’s Spouse’s Rights to Payment and Restraining Order and Motion: Order Assignment of Judgment Debtor’s Spouse’s Rights to Payment and Restraining Order

    On December 10, 2014, the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial C...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF ISMAEL OMAR REYES PORTILLO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Guardian Confidential Screening Form. The form on file must be completed (Form GC-212) with adequate information to identify the proposed guardian in a national or loc...

  • ESTATE OF ELLA E. HUBBARD

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 1) Petition for Letters of Administration 2) Petition to Determine Rightful Title to Real Property

    The following must be submitted:

    Petition for Letters of Administration

    Supplement to the Petition – The following allegations must be made without creating ambi...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARVIN PAUL JENSEN

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 11th Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Appearances required. Attorney for Conservatee and Attorney for Conservator must come prepared to discuss remediation measures to reduce the burn rate of the esatate as noted here:

    Conservatee now resides in a Skilled Nursing ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF ISMAEL OMAR REYES PORTILLO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person (Updated 7/20/20)

    Appearances required.

    ...

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