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Two New Commissioners Elected To the Superior Court in Orange County

Santa Ana- The judges of the Superior Court in Orange County have elected Maria Hernandez and Jane Shade to the position of Superior Court Commissioner, announced Chief Executive Officer Alan Slater. The new commissioners will begin their work with the Court on November 13, 2006.

Maria Hernandez has extensive experience in criminal defense litigation. For the past 12 years, she has been a Senior Public Defender in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, with a homicide, sexual assault, gang, and domestic violence caseload. Earlier she was an attorney in private practice for two years. Before receiving her law degree, Hernandez was a police dispatcher, accident investigator, and public safety officer with the City of Santa Ana Police Department and University of California, Irvine Police Department. She was awarded a law degree from Western State University College of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.

Jane Shade has had a varied legal career as a prosecutor, professor of law, and part-time judicial hearing officer. She most recently has served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, conducting legal research and appellate work. As a Deputy District Attorney she also supervised the office’s operations at the North Justice Center in Fullerton and the Family Violence Unit, and has handled child support matters. Shade was a full-time professor at Western State University College of Law for two years where she taught criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence. She received a law degree from the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, a master of arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a bachelor of arts degree from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Commissioners serve as subordinate judicial officers with the Superior Court. The types of cases and/or hearings they may be assigned include, small claims, family, juvenile, traffic, and landlord/tenant matters. The annual salary of a Commissioner is $134,471.

Court Release #011-06

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