Judicial Profile: Department 56
Commissioner Robert L. Broughton

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Biographical Information
Date of Birth:
1945
Place of Birth:
Tacoma, WA
Education:
University of Puget Sound, BA, 1970
California State University, Fresno, MS, 1975
San Joaquin College of Law, JD, 1978
Pre-bench Legal Experience:
Deputy Public Defender for Tulare County, California, 1979-1982;
Deputy Public Defender for Contra Costa County, California, 1982-1986
Judicial Experience
In 1986, Commissioner Broughton was appointed to the Bay Municipal Municipal Court, which later became a part of the Contra Costa County Superior Court by virtue of court consolidation, in 1998. His primary assignments are traffic, small claims, unlawful detainers, and civil harassment..
Pre-bench Professional Experience
  • Faculty-California State University, Fresno, 1974-1978
  • Investigator-Public Defenders’ Office, Madera, CA, 1973-1975
  • Inspector-United States Postal Service, 1971-1973
  • Commissioned Officer, United States Army, 1966-1969
Current Civic & Professional Activities
Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions Bench-Bar Coalition California Judges Association Legislative Committee
Continuing Legal Education Faculty
  • Faculty/Seminar Leader for B.E. Witkin Judicial College, 1996-2003
  • Faculty/Seminar Leader for New Judge Orientation, 1993-2005
  • Ethics Qualifying Education Program, 2000-2002
  • CJER-Fairness Education Committee, 2002
  • Civil Law Institute, 2001
  • Traffic Adjudication Workshop, 1999
  • Institute for New Assignments, 1993
  • Faculty/Seminar Leader for National Judicial College-Reno, 1999
  • Continuing Judicial Studies Program, 1995-1998
  • Civil Law and Procedures Institute, 1997

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