The Honorable James F. Rigali

CA Bar #: 130455 (December 1987)

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

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition Probate Notes: Appearances required. Further briefing is required to address attorney’s fees paid without authorization by the Court. Fees are usually paid from the conservatorship estate only after court authorization under Probate Code §§2640–2643. (See Prob. Code, §§2430(...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the public for court busines...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Appoint Guardian of Person & Hearing re: Special Immigrant Juvenile Findings Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (L...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Appoint Conservator of Person Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open ...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Investigator's Report Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the pub...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the public for court busines...

  • Jan 18, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the public for court busines...

  • Jan 11, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Appoint Guardian of Person Probate Notes: Appearances required. Appearances: The court is open to the public for court business. Entry to any court building requires a face covering. The court is also conducting hearings via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 160 543 3416 Pa...

  • Jan 11, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference Probate Notes: Appearances required. A written objection was filed on December 22, 2021, placing this matter at issue and requiring evidentiary hearing to resolve. Objections not on file before the hearing are considered waived. The court has authority to r...

  • Jan 11, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Appoint Guardian of Person; Hearing re SIJF Probate Notes: Appearances required. Appearances: The court is open to the public for court business. Entry to any court building requires a face covering. The court is also conducting hearings via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID...

  • Jan 11, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition To Determine Ownership and Internal Affairs APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Respondents must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waiver. ...

  • Jan 11, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer to SAC Plaintiff Dr. Lindsey Faucette, M.D. (“plaintiff”) commenced work for Dignity Health (“Dignity”) and Pacific Central Coast Health Centers (“PCCHC”) in November of 2013 as Program Director of the Residency Program. In October of 2018, plaintiff’s infant son experienced...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Final Distribution Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the public for cou...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Letters Administration Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the ...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Investigator's Report Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The court is open to the pub...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Probate Will & Letters Testamentary Probate Notes: Probate notes will be updated on a rolling basis, generally five days before the hearing. If no probate notes are posted two days prior to the hearing, appearance is required. (Local Rule 1721(b).) Appearances: The cour...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Investigator's Report Probate Notes: 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 January 3, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above. Appearances...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Letters Administration Probate Notes: 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. Publication...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Probate Will & Letters Testamentary Probate Notes: No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval. Appearances: The court is open to the public for court business. Entry to any court building requires a face covering. The court is also conducting hearings...

  • Jan 04, 2022 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Final Distribution Probate Notes: APPEARANCES REQUIRED. The following must be submitted: 1) Copy of All Relevant Trusts. Petitioner alleges the position of trustee of Decedent’s trust but does not submit a copy of any trust instrument to verify that claim or inform the Court of the i...

  • Dec 28, 2021 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Spousal Property Petition Appearances required. The following is noted for the Court: When a decedent’s estate does not pass by a testamentary instrument, as in this intestate case, that property passes to the decedent’s heirs as prescribed in Division 6, part 2 of the Probate Code (...

  • Dec 28, 2021 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition: Letters Administration Recommended for approval. No appearance required.

    ...

  • Dec 28, 2021 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Spousal Property Petition Appearances required. The following is noted for the Court: When a decedent’s estate does not pass by a testamentary instrument, as in this intestate case, that property passes to the decedent’s heirs as prescribed in Division 6, part 2 of the Probate Code (...

  • Dec 28, 2021 Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Writ of Attachment Plaintiff Constellation Newenergy Inc. (CNEG) is a supplier of gas. Defendant California Asphalt Production Inc. (CAP) was a customer. On March 9, 2021, they entered into a settlement agreement in which CAP agreed to pay a debt of $439,620.35 in 10 monthly installm...

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Recent Cases by Hon. James F. Rigali

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Aug 07, 2022

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Aug 08, 2022

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Aug 06, 2022

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Aug 06, 2022

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Jul 30, 2022

On July 28, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Santa Barbara County. Judge Rigali, James F presiding.

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Aug 01, 2022

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Jul 30, 2022

On July 27, 2022 a case was filed in the jurisdiction of Santa Barbara County. Judge Rigali, James F presiding.

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Jul 29, 2022

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Jul 29, 2022

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Jul 23, 2022

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Jul 23, 2022

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Jul 26, 2022

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