G. Martin Zaeringer: On the Issues

Why are you running for this office?


I will bring diversity to the Ventura County Superior Court bench. I have been

practicing law for 38 years. In my career I have handled possibly every type of case which is heard in that courthouse, and certainly all types of matters which touch on the lives of residents of this county, whether it is civil, family, juvenile, probate or criminal. As the court's motto is "We are here for the people we serve," then the people are best served by having judges who have a great experience, both personal and legal. 



Please list key published articles/books if applicable (include links where possible).





Name up to three ways that you will contribute to improving the judiciary.


The judiciary can be improved upon by giving all parties who appear before it a confidence that their matter is of utmost importance to the judge and has been thoroughly reviewed and researched, and that they will receive a full and fair hearing. What may be a minor matter on the court's calendar can be of utmost importance to the party appearing before the judge.

I will work to make the court as efficient as possible; it is disheartening to see so many of our residents waiting for long periods of time at court for their cases to be heard or to be helped. We would not tolerate such excessive delays in any other business. In my practice, I make it a point to never have a client wait to see me; the court should afford the public that same respect.

Finally, I will work to see that the court embrace as much electronic technology as possible - the more filings and appearances that can be handled electronically, the more efficient the court will operate.



Identify up to three most important current public issues that the courts are currently addressing, or that you expect to be addressed during the course of the next 5 years.


The Canon of Judicial Ethics prevents judges and candidates for judge from answering this type of question.



Name up to three court judges or justices that you most admire — and, briefly, why.


Superior Court Judge (retired) Barbara Lane. Judge Lane probably ruled against me more than ruled in my favor on motions, but it was always a pleasure to appear before her and argue matters. she enjoyed well researched and presented arguments and she loved being a judge. Even a serious automobile accident could not keep her from serving the community.

California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. Her life story is an inspiration - from attending a community college to becoming the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court (with a stint as a blackjack dealer, as well). 

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Although a polarizing figure, his intrepid defense of a person's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures always championed individual liberty.



What is your judicial philosophy as it applies to the U.S. Constitution?


Justices take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. That is the only appropriate judicial philosophy a judge should embrace.



What public policy area(s) are you most interested in and feel the most passion for personally?


It would not be appropriate for me to respond to this question for the reasons stated in my response to question number four.



Do you plan to run for higher office in the future?





Please list candidates you have endorsed publicly, if any.


I have not endorsed any candidate.



Please list candidates and organizations that have endorsed you, if any.


Peter Fox, former Chief Public Defender of San Joaquin County Richard Francis, former mayor of Ventura 

Paul Blatz, former mayor of Ojai 

Ron Bamieh, attorney at law 

Gina Berry, attorney at law 

Norman S. Halperin, attorney at law 

Jay Leiderman, attorney at law; former President of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association 

James Sherman, retired law school professor 

Edwina Barvosa, Ph.D., professor, Department of Feminist Studies, UCSB, author

Kioren Moss, M.A.I. 



If you have been rated by the Bar Association, what was that rating?


G. Martin Zaehringer has been rated as Exceptionally Well Qualified for the office of Superior Court Judge. Mr. Zaehringer received a rating of Outstanding in all the categories of Professional Ability, Professional Experience, Judicial Temperament, Professional Reputation and Work Ethic/Resource Management. 



Have you ever been disciplined by the State Bar or the Commission on Judicial Performance? If so, please explain.



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