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The Hon. Roy L. Paul (Ret.) was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He retired from the bench on February 16, 2018. Paul was originally elected to the Downey Municipal Court on June 9, 1994, receiving 73% of the vote. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 as a result of the court's unification.
He is a registered Democrat.
Paul graduated with his B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California in 1971.
After graduating from college, Paul joined the Navy and served in active duty from 1971 to 1975. He remained in the Naval Reserves until 1994 when he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Paul went on to earn his J.D. from Western State University College of Law, San Diego in 1977. In 2014 he received his certificate in Civil Mediation from The National Judicial College.
After graduating from law school, Paul began his legal career in private practice in 1978.
Then in 1980, Paul became a councilman for the City of Bell Gardens. He was elected Mayor for the city in 1982. In 1984 Paul moved to the City of Downey and was elected a city councilman in 1986 and served as the Mayor for Downey in 1990.
In 1991 Paul was selected to become commissioner for the Downey Municipal Court. He remained in that position until being elected to the bench in 1994.
During his time on the bench, Paul served as presiding judge for Downey Municipal Court in 1996.
In 2015 Paul received the Trial Judge of the Year from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.
Paul has served as a neutral for Signature Resolution, formerly Benchmark Resolution Group.
Certificate from The National Judicial College (2014) (Civil Mediation)
J.D. from Western State University College of Law, San Diego (1977)
B.A. from University of Southern California (1971) (Psychology)
Court Commissioner at Downey Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1991 to 1994)
Judge at Downey Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1994 to 2000)
Mayor and City Councilman at City of Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County, California (1980 to 1984)
Mayor and City Councilman at City of Downey in Los Angeles County, California (1986 to 1991)
Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (1994 to 2018)
Attorney at Private Practice (1978 to 1991)
Neutral at Signature Resolution in Los Angeles County, California
Lieutenant Commander at Naval Reserves (1975 to 1994)