SAN FRANCISCO—Former California State Senator Charles Suren Poochigian was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as an Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District. The Fifth Appellate District Court is located in Fresno, California, with a jurisdiction that includes the following nine central California Counties: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne.
On Thursday, September 24, the Commission on Judicial Appointments convened in San Francisco to consider the appointment. The Commission is comprised of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Attorney General Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. and Fifth Appellate District Presiding Justice James A. Ardaiz.
With more than 120 Poochigian family members and friends in attendance, the two and one-half hour hearing concluded with the announcement of a unanimous vote in favor of confirmation. Chief Justice George administered the oath of office to Justice Poochigian. Following six years of service on the senior staffs of Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson and 12 years of distinguished service as a legislative leader in the California State Assembly and Senate, Poochigian returned to Fresno to practice law with the Dowling, Aaron & Keeler firm. He immediately began his duties as the newest member of California’s appellate judiciary.
Justice Poochigian being sworn into office by Chief Justice Ronald M. George with his wife, Fresno County Supervisor Debbie Poochigian witnessing the event