The Honorable Richard M. Goul

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department S17


The Hon. Richard M. Goul is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2006 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He filled the vacancy created by the death of the Hon. Robert Sandoval (deceased).

Goul is registered decline-to-state.

Judge Goul received his B.A. from the University of Southern California. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Goul clerked for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office from 1986 to 1989. After completing his clerkship, Goul became a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in 1989. During his 17 years as a prosecutor at the D.A.'s office, Goul helped prosecute Mark Wayne Rathburn, the notorious Belmont Shore rapist, who ultimately received 10 life sentences plus 1000 years for his crimes. At the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in 2006, Goul was the deputy-in-charge of the Sexual Assault Unit for the D.A.'s Long Beach branch office.

Goul also served on the Cerritos College Board of Trustees for six years beginning in 1979.

In 2015, Judge Goul's triplet's, Edward, Claire, and Chris, were accepted into MIT. Their maternal grandfather, Edward Thorp, was a former math professor at the technical college.

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