Judicial Profile: Department 54
Commissioner Ronald K. Creighton

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Biographical Information
Date of Birth:
February 10, 1948
Place of Birth:
Omaha, Nebraska
Education:
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:
Democrat
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.
Teleconferencing
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.
ADR
Commissioner Creighton’s department has recently instituted mandatory ADR for small claims disputes and civil harassment. There is no additional cost to the litigants.
Sanctions
Commissioner Creighton views sanctions as a tool of last resort. Generally, the Commissioner attempts to resolve the problem through other means.
Decorum
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.
Advice
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.

Updated 3/22/2013

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