The Honorable Janet Gaard

Yolo County Superior Court, Department retired

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Biography

The Hon. Janet Gaard (Ret.) was a judge for the Yolo County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Doris Shockley (Ret.). Gaard retired from the bench in 2019.

She was registered as a Democrat.

Gaard received her B.S. from California State University, Fresno. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1983.

After graduating from law school, Gaard served as a staff attorney for the Third District Court of Appeal for one year. Then, in 1984, she joined the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General, where she would remain until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2008. During her twenty-four year tenure with the A.G.'s office, Gaard served as a deputy attorney general assigned to the Criminal Division from 1984 to 1999 and as a special assistant attorney general and director of legislative affairs from 1999 to 2007. From 2007, until her appointment to the bench, Gaard had served as chief assistant attorney general for the A.G.'s Division of Public Rights.

During her tenure on the bench, Gaard served as the Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court and the Presiding Judge of the Court. She also presided over the Collaborative Courts in Yolo County.

Her judicial committees included the Governing Committee of the Judicial Council's Center of Judicial Education, the Judicial College Steering Committee, the Criminal Law Curriculum Committee, the Judicial Council's Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force, and the Criminal Law Advisory Committee.

She was awarded the Yolo Outstanding Mental Health Community Service Award from the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in 2019.

In retirement, Gaard hoped to resume her previous role as a 4-H leader.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Janet Gaard

  • PETITION OF CURRY

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) Petitioner Dustin Joseph Curry failed to file a proof of service to establish that notice of the time and the place of the hearing was timely served on the minor’s mother. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 415.40, 1277, subd. (a)(4)...

  • PETITION OF PHINNEY

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) No written objections were filed with the Court. This tentative ruling is effective immediately. No appearance is necessary. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277(a)(1).) No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312, or further notice...

  • PETITION OF FUENTES-JOERGER

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) No written objections were filed with the Court. This tentative ruling is effective immediately. No appearance is necessary. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277(a)(1).) No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312, or further notice...

  • PETITION OF RODDA

    Jul 13, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    All interested persons in this matter are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at the hearing to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1275 et seq.; Health & Saf. Code, §§ 103430, subd. (b), 103435.) No request for a hearing is required.

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  • PETITION OF SKINNER

    Aug 2, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    All interested persons in this matter are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at the hearing to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1275 et seq.; Health & Saf. Code, §§ 103430, subd. (b), 103435.) No request for a hearing is required.

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  • AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB V. CHAN

    Aug 1, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Simon Chan dba Simon’s Bar & Café’s motion to set aside the default and default judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 473(b) and 473.5 is DENIED. Moving party fail to show that his mistake, inadvertence, or neglect was of the excusable variety. (Ford v. Herndon (1976) 62 Cal.App.3...

  • BERTI V. RALEY’S

    Aug 1, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Aceites Toledo, S.A.’s motion to bifurcate trial on its twelfth affirmative defense is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 597.) If no hearing is requested, this tentative ruling is effective immediately. No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312 or further notice is required.

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  • TANG V. SEECON FINANCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION CO.

    Jul 28, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Cross-defendant Associated Materials, LLC’s motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories, form interrogatories, and requests for admission is DENIED. Cross-defendant has not filed a separate statement and has filed a memorandum of point and authorities that violates the page requirements. ...

  • CRUM V. KAUR

    Jul 27, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Laura Crum’s unopposed motion to calendar this matter for a case management conference is GRANTED. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.723.) The parties are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at a case management conference on August 7, 2017, in Department 5 at 9:00 a.m. The notice of motion does not provide notice of ...

  • GALVAN V. TYULYU

    Jul 27, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Steven Galvan’s unopposed motion to compel responses to form interrogatories, set one and request for production of documents, set one from defendants Sergey Tyulyu, Emiliya Tyulyu, and Eviya Tyulyu is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2030.290, subd. (b), 2031.300, subd. (b).) Defendants shall serve...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Janet Gaard

  • PETITION OF CURRY

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) Petitioner Dustin Joseph Curry failed to file a proof of service to establish that notice of the time and the place of the hearing was timely served on the minor’s mother. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 415.40, 1277, subd. (a)(4)...

  • PETITION OF PHINNEY

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) No written objections were filed with the Court. This tentative ruling is effective immediately. No appearance is necessary. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277(a)(1).) No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312, or further notice...

  • PETITION OF FUENTES-JOERGER

    Jul 20, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    The petition for change of name is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277.) No written objections were filed with the Court. This tentative ruling is effective immediately. No appearance is necessary. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1277(a)(1).) No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312, or further notice...

  • PETITION OF RODDA

    Jul 13, 2018 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    All interested persons in this matter are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at the hearing to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1275 et seq.; Health & Saf. Code, §§ 103430, subd. (b), 103435.) No request for a hearing is required.

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  • PETITION OF SKINNER

    Aug 2, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    All interested persons in this matter are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at the hearing to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1275 et seq.; Health & Saf. Code, §§ 103430, subd. (b), 103435.) No request for a hearing is required.

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  • AMERICAN EXPRESS BANK, FSB V. CHAN

    Aug 1, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Simon Chan dba Simon’s Bar & Café’s motion to set aside the default and default judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sections 473(b) and 473.5 is DENIED. Moving party fail to show that his mistake, inadvertence, or neglect was of the excusable variety. (Ford v. Herndon (1976) 62 Cal.App.3...

  • BERTI V. RALEY’S

    Aug 1, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Aceites Toledo, S.A.’s motion to bifurcate trial on its twelfth affirmative defense is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 597.) If no hearing is requested, this tentative ruling is effective immediately. No formal order pursuant to California Rule of Court 3.1312 or further notice is required.

    ...

  • TANG V. SEECON FINANCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION CO.

    Jul 28, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Cross-defendant Associated Materials, LLC’s motion to compel further responses to special interrogatories, form interrogatories, and requests for admission is DENIED. Cross-defendant has not filed a separate statement and has filed a memorandum of point and authorities that violates the page requirements. ...

  • CRUM V. KAUR

    Jul 27, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Laura Crum’s unopposed motion to calendar this matter for a case management conference is GRANTED. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.723.) The parties are DIRECTED TO APPEAR at a case management conference on August 7, 2017, in Department 5 at 9:00 a.m. The notice of motion does not provide notice of ...

  • GALVAN V. TYULYU

    Jul 27, 2017 |  Judge Janet Gaard |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Steven Galvan’s unopposed motion to compel responses to form interrogatories, set one and request for production of documents, set one from defendants Sergey Tyulyu, Emiliya Tyulyu, and Eviya Tyulyu is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., §§ 2030.290, subd. (b), 2031.300, subd. (b).) Defendants shall serve...

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