Monday, June 12, 2017

Judge Marilyn Miles to Retire in July

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:59 PM

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The Humboldt County Superior Court announced today that Judge Marilyn Miles will be stepping down July 31.

A picture of Miles taken shortly after she was sworn in, back in 1998. - FILE
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  • A picture of Miles taken shortly after she was sworn in, back in 1998.
That will once again leave local courtrooms short on staffing just a few weeks after newly appointed Judge Greg Elvine-Kreis, who officially starts June 19, takes over the seat vacated by Bruce Watson following his retirement in January of 2016.

Miles was sworn in as Humboldt County’s first woman superior court judge in June of 1998 following a court consolidation and serving on the municipal bench for one year.

“During that time, I have enjoyed working with my fellow judges and wonderful court staff, and have thoroughly enjoyed my job. I certainly wish my colleagues and the whole court the very best,” Miles said in the press release on her retirement.


Read the full release from the court below:
Judge Marilyn Miles has announced her retirement for the Humboldt County Superior Court effective July 31, 2017, after 20 years on the court.

Judge Miles has expressed that it has been a great privilege and honor to serve the people of Humboldt County as a judge since 1997. “During that time, I have enjoyed working with my fellow judges and wonderful court staff, and have thoroughly enjoyed my job. I certainly wish my colleagues and the whole court the very best.”

Presiding Judge Joyce Hinrichs commented on the announcement saying, “Judge Miles’ profound sense of justice, passion for the law, and fairness to all who appear before her has been an asset to this court. We will miss her very much.”

Judge Miles was sworn into office on the Humboldt County Municipal Court in January of 1997, following her election in November of 1996. Upon consolidation of the Municipal and Superior Court, Judge Miles was sworn in as Humboldt County’s first woman Superior Court judge in June of 1998.

Prior to becoming a judge, she served as Directing Attorney of the Eureka Office of California Indian Services, where she began her legal career, practicing federal Indian law and representing individuals and tribes throughout Northern California. Judge Miles received her J.D. Degree from the University of California Davis School of Law, after having received a Master’s Degree from Humboldt State University and a B.A. from San Jose State University.

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