The Hon. Rogelio R. Flores (Ret.) was a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Santa Barbara County Municipal Court in 1997 and was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 1998. He retired from the bench in 2018.
Flores graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1979.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Flores had served as a court commissioner for the Municipal Court beginning in 1987. He held the distinction of being the first court commissioner of the North Santa Barbara County Municipal Court. As a court commissioner, Flores presided over traffic and small claims cases and also served as a research attorney.
Earlier in his career, Flores worked as a public defender and also served as a criminal defense attorney in private practice.
While on the bench, Flores presided over the Substance Abuse Treatment Court and the Mental Health Court. He was also instrumental in helping to establish the Domestic Violence Review Court in both Santa Maria and Lompoc and helped to organize the first Veterans Treatment Court in Santa Barbara County.
He received an appointment to serve on the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee for the Judicial Council of California.
His memberships have included the National and California Association of Drug Court Professionals and the past-president of the Latino Judges of California.
Flores was born in Texas and moved to California when he was eight years old. His parents immigrated from Mexico having only an elementary school level education. In retirement, Flores hoped to continue his love of carpentry and also spend time outdoors hiking and backpacking.