State of the Courts
Presented by Ginger E. Garrett
Judge Garrett graduated from the University of Alabama School Of Law in 1978 after obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Secondary Education. Judge Garrett began her legal career with a prominent civil rights law firm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1978. She was involved in several significant class action cases involving race and sex discrimination and prison reform. During the next 12 years, she was employed by the Tuscaloosa Legal Aid Society supervising law students in a mental health facility legal clinic; the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, setting up advocates in every mental hospital in the State of Alabama; and Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, supervising attorneys in 8 rural counties in Alabama in civil matters. She then developed a solo private practice with a focus on public interest law in areas of Mental Health, Public School inclusivity and Poverty law. Judge Garrett successfully handled a class action involving a school system's systematic discrimination against special education students obtaining services and procedural guarantees to which they were entitled.
Judge Garrett moved to California in 1990 and opened a general law practice in 1992, handling family, civil and criminal cases as well as working as a Public Defender in Juvenile Court. Judge Garrett became a Court Commissioner in San Luis Obispo in 2002 assigned to Family Law matters and was elevated to a judgeship in 2005. Since 2005 she has handled all assignment areas on the Bench including, Criminal, Civil, Probate, Juvenile and Family Law. She has held positions as Team Leader in Criminal, Civil and Family law. She served as Assistant Presiding Judge for the past two years and was elected to be Presiding Judge effective January 2, 2018.