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About the Court

The Santa Barbara Superior Court operates across three locations: Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc. Our judiciary is comprised of 21 judicial officers and one commissioner, supported by a dedicated team of over 200 staff members.


The mission of our Court is to protect constitutional rights and liberties, apply the law equally, resolve disputes, and reconcile relationships in a fair and timely manner.

Court Leadership and Administration

Hon. Pauline Maxwell – Presiding Judge
Hon. Patricia Kelly – Assistant Presiding Judge
Darrel E. Parker – Court Executive Officer

For information on strategic planning and policy issues, feedback or concerns about court operations and services, community outreach and engagement initiatives, and oversight and improvement of court procedures, contact Court Administration at .

Public Access to Judicial Admin Records

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