Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday appointed Monterey Superior Court Judge Adrienne Grover to the influential San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal, which shapes the law for Silicon Valley and other South Bay counties.
Grover, 50, has been a Monterey judge since 2002, when she was put on the bench by former Gov. Gray Davis. She is a former presiding judge who has most recently been handling criminal cases and is a former Monterey County counsel.
Brown named her to replace Justice Wendy Duffy, another former Monterey judge who retired earlier this year. Grover surfaced from a list of finalists that included Santa Clara County judges Brian Walsh and Patricia Lucas.
Grover, a Carmel resident, will be the second woman on the seven-member 6th District, joining veteran Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian. She is the second justice named to the appeals court by Brown, who appointed former Santa Clara County Counsel Miguel Marquez earlier this year.
The 6th District covers Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties. Grover will earn $204,500 per year.
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