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Stockton Branch, Administration
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Stockton, CA 95202
May 8, 2003Voice: (209) 468-8120
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3 New Superior Court Commissioners Named

The Superior Court has appointed three new commissioners to the bench in San Joaquin County. Commissioners are subordinate judicial officers who hear and make decisions on certain limited legal matters.

Lauren Thomasson has been a Deputy City Attorney for Stockton since 1990, where she represented the City and its officials and employees in state and federal court proceedings, and was involved in all aspects of civil litigation. She has also served as a Pro Tem small claims judge with the Superior Court in San Joaquin since 1999. Thomasson earned a B.A. in English from Carnegie-Mellon University , and a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh.

Charlotte J. Orcutt has been a San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney since 1994, most recently handling felony trials. Prior to public service, Orcutt was in private civil practice in San Diego. She holds a B.S. in business administration from California State University, San Diego, and a J.D. from University of San Diego.

Herb Horstmann has been named the Family Support Commissioner. He has been the Court's Family Law Facilitator since 1997, supervising the Family Law Pro Per Assistance Clinic. As a result of the efforts of the Pro Per staff and court personnel, the program has steadily grown each year, with almost 10,000 people served in 2002. Before joining the Court, Horstmann was in general private practice in Lodi, where he is a resident. Horstmann replaces the Honorable Robin Appel, who was appointed Judge last month.

"Each of these individuals has demonstrated the highest quality of work and character throughout their years of practice in San Joaquin County," according the Presiding Judge George Abdallah. They have excelled in their profession and they will excel as commissioners."

Commissioners must have a comprehensive knowledge of relevant state and federal laws. And they must have been an active member in good standing with the California State Bar for at least five years immediately before appointment.

All three new commissioners will earn $118,554 yearly and will begin their duties on the bench in June.