News Release

2008

Jul 21

Three Judges Appointed; Two Replace Indio Judges

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of John G. Evans, Jorge C. Hernandez and L. Jackson Lucky IV to judgeships in the Riverside County Superior Court. Two of the three replace longstanding judges at the Larson Justice Center.

Evans, 54, of Riverside, has worked as a sole practitioner since 2004 and from 1996 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004, he was a partner with the Law Offices of Evans & Plott LLP and, from 1985 to 1996, Evans worked for MacLachlan, Burford & Arias as an associate and partner. He was an associate with Furness, Flory & Middlebrook from 1981 to 1985 and held the same position with Harding & Miller from 1979 to 1981. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Citrus Belt Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Riverside. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lawrence W. Fry who long presided over a courtroom at the Larson Justice Center in Indo. Evans is a Republican.

Hernandez, 45, of Riverside, has worked as a sole practitioner since 1994 and as a conflicts panel lawyer for Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2002. Previously, he was a conflicts panel lawyer with the Criminal Defense Panel from 1994 to 2002. From 1989 to 1994, Hernandez was a deputy public defender with the Riverside Public Defenders Office. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside. Hernandez fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge H. Morgan Dougherty, like Fry, a retiring Larson Justice Center judge. Hernandez is a Democrat.

Lucky, 39, of Riverside, has been a deputy district attorney with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office since 1994. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University. Lucky fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dallas S. Holmes from the Riverside Court. Lucky is a Republican.

The compensation for each position is $178,789.