The Hon. Mark Ashton Cope is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Three Lakes Municipal Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1995. He was subsequently elevated to the Riverside County Superior Court as a result of the court's unification in 1998.
Judge Cope received his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1983. He went on to earn his J.D. from Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1986.
Cope began his legal career as a partner at the Las Vegas law firm of Bell and Davidson, where he practiced criminal defense and domestic law.
He also served as a deputy district attorney at the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Nevada and with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office in California. He was working at the D.A's office in Riverside County at the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court.
While on the bench, Judge Cope has served as a presiding judge for the Three Lakes Municipal Court and has presided over a probate calendar on the Superior Court. He has also served as a supervising judge, assistant supervising judge, and assistant presiding judge for the Superior Court.
His professional committees have included serving on the Judicial Council Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee, the Juvenile Law Education Committee, and the Juvenile Law Curriculum Committee. He has also served as chair of a committee charged with the oversight of new courthouse construction, namely the Southwest Justice Center. During that time, he served on the first Court Facilities Transitional Task Force. The task force was implemented to help with the transition of courthouse ownership from the counties to the state courts.
He is a married father of six.