Ninth Circuit Courts See Changing of the Guard
October 18, 2012 / Ninth Circuit Public Information Office
In the Northern District, Chief District Judge James Ware stepped down August 31, 2012, after two years in the post. He was succeeded by new Chief District Judge Claudia Wilken, who has chambers in Oakland. A passing of the gavel ceremony was held on August 23, 2012. Judge Ware resigned his judicial commission to pursue a private practice as a mediator.
In the Central District, Chief District Judge Audrey B. Collins has passed the gavel to new Chief District Judge George H. King, who assumed his new duties on September 14, 2012. Judge Collins had served in the position since January 2009. Judge King is the first Asian American to lead the Central District. He is also the first chief judge to have also served the district as chief magistrate judge.