Judicial Profile: Department 54
Commissioner Ronald K. Creighton
- Biographical Information
- Date of Birth:
- February 10, 1948
- Place of Birth:
- Omaha, Nebraska
- BS — Business Administration, University of Missouri, St. Louis
BS — Law, Peninsula Univ. College of Law
JD — Law, Peninsula Univ. College of Law
Passed Cal Bar in 1991
- Pre-bench Legal Experience:
- Practicing attorney in Hayward, CA since 1991, emphasizing family law, including wills, trusts and probate, and employment law litigation, including sexual harassment and discrimination
- Political Affiliation:
- Judicial Experience
- Was appointed Commissioner on Aug. 23, 2004. Prior to appointment, Commissioner Creighton served as Temporary Commissioner and Pro-Tem Judge for approximately 5-6 years.
- Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
- Commissioner Creighton has over 19 years of work experience in the private sector. Before becoming a lawyer in 1991, Commissioner Creighton worked in finance for various companies including 10 years at Xerox Corp. as a financial manager.
- Current Civic & Professional Activities
- Commissioner Creighton also participates in local High School Moot Court competitions and Career Days.
- Courtroom Policies
- No formal written rules. Always turn-off cellphones and pagers.
- No particular need for teleconferencing yet. Most types of matters presently before Commissioner Creighton do not lend themselves well to telephonic appearance.
- Settlement Conferences
- Commissioner Creighton conducts settlement conferences in unlawful detainer actions set for trial. He’s personally settled most matters before trial.
- Commissioner Creighton’s department has recently instituted mandatory ADR for small claims disputes and civil harassment. There is no additional cost to the litigants.
- Commissioner Creighton views sanctions as a tool of last resort. Generally, the Commissioner attempts to resolve the problem through other means.
- Everyone should conduct themselves professionally. For example, do not interrupt the Court or your adversary when speaking.
- Court Reporters & Translators
- Court reporting is done by audio.
- Always try to come with a good sense of humor and the Commissioner always has an open supply of candy for those in need of a sweets fix.