The Honorable James K. Voysey

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department SM7


The Hon. James K. Voysey is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. He filled the vacancy left by the death of the Hon. Edward H. Bullard (deceased).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Voysey received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. He went on to earn his J.D. from Western State College of Law.

Voysey first worked in private practice from 1977 to 1985 before joining the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Santa Barbara County. During his time in private practice, Voysey specialized in personal injury, family law, workers comp, and business litigation.

During his tenure at the Public Defender's Office, Voysey served as a deputy public defender from 1985 to 2003, when he was elevated to the position of assistant public defender. In that capacity, Voysey helped supervise the administrative duties of the office, including hiring and training new attorneys. His role also included collaborating with other agencies, including the District Attorney's Office, Probation and the Sheriff's Department. He remained there until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2013.

Before joining the Superior Court, Judge Voysey played guitar in a local rock n' roll band comprised of other local judges and attorneys who had played together for twenty years.

He grew up in Montreal, Canada and moved to California with his family when he was in his early teens.

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