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The Honorable Zel Canter

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

Zel Canter is a retired judge of the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County, California. He was appointed to the bench in 1981. Canter announced his retirement on January 10, 2006.

His most famous case involves the superstar icon Michael Jackson in 2003.

Canter planned to enjoy his retirement on the Shalimar, a 30-foot sailboat he keeps in Santa Barbara.

Education

Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern University

J.D. from Ohio State University College of Law

Career

Deputy County Counsel at Santa Barbara County Office of the County Counsel in Santa Barbara County, California (from 1968)

Deputy Public Defender at Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office in Santa Barbara County, California

Deputy District Attorney at Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office in Santa Barbara County, California

Private Civil Attorney at Private Practice (1974 to 1981)

Judge at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Barbara County, California (1981 to 2006)

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