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The Honorable Thomas M. Cecil

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Thomas M. Cecil (Ret.) was a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court in 1989 by former governor George Deukmejian. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 1992. The Hon. James P. Arguelles filled the vacancy created by his retirement in 2010.

Cecil received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1975.

After graduating from law school, Cecil began his career in politics, becoming a member of California’s Republican Assembly caucus, which would help pave the way for future positions in the Senate.

After his political career, Cecil entered into private corporate law practice.

He would eventually return to politics and was ultimately appointed by then-governor Deukmejian to serve as the deputy director of legal affairs for the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 1983.

Realizing that the position did not suit him, Cecil began serving as a judge pro tem for local small claims courts.

After assuming the bench, Cecil served as a presiding judge and was assigned to the criminal department as well as the civil law and motion department. He also served as an advocate for advancing technology within the courts.

Cecil served as a wedding officiant for many years.

Education

J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1975)

Career

Judge at Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento County, California (1992 to 2010)

Judge at Sacramento County Municipal Court in Sacramento County, California (1989 to 1992)

Deputy Director of Legal Affairs at Consumer Affairs (1983 to 1989)

Attorney at Private Practice (1979 to 1983)

Consultant at Robert Beverly, Former Republican Senator of California (until 1979)

Member at California Republican Assembly Caucus (from 1975)

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