Marsha Slough

Marsha G. Slough (Courtesy photo)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/23/15 – 1:00 PM PST |

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday the appointment of San Bernardino County Presiding Judge Marsha G. Slough to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside. She will be the first openly gay justice in the history of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, if confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Slough, 57, of Redlands, has been presiding judge of San Bernardino County since 2012 and has served as a Superior Court judge in the county since 2003.

After a dozen years as a San Bernardino Superior Court judge, Slough said she is ready to take her career to the next level.

“I was very excited to receive the call from the Governor’s office,” Slough said Wednesday. “To say that I was deeply honored seems like such an understatement to the level of excitement and honor I truly feel.”

As to making history being the first openly gay judge appointed to serve on the Fourth District Court of Appeal?

“One of the things I have truly appreciated about Governor Brown is the importance he places on the issue of diversity, regardless of what the diverse nature is,” said Slough. “It’s important to reflect that the bench is a reflection of the people we are charged to serve.”

The Fourth District Court of Appeal reviews and rules on appeals from six Southern California counties: San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Inyo. It is divided into three divisions, with the second division located in Riverside and handling appeals from San Bernardino, Riverside and Inyo counties.

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