Prior to her judgeship, Judge Claudia J. Silbar of Costa Mesa, was one of the highest ranking attorneys in the District Attorney's office, which she joined in 1989. Judge Claudia J. Silbar managed the Homicide, Sexual Assault, Family Protection, Gangs, Felony Charging, and Felony Trial units of the office. Before becoming a judge, Judge Claudia J. Silbar had tried over 50 criminal jury trials, including a special circumstances murder case (People v. Gary Galen Brents
) in which the defendant received the death penalty.
Judge Claudia J. Silbar served from 1987 to 1989 in the United States Attorney's office in Los Angeles, where Judge Claudia J. Silbar represented the government in civil litigation. From 1986 to 1987, Judge Claudia J. Silbar served as a trial attorney with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C., where she prosecuted commodity frauds. From 1984 to 1986, Judge Claudia J. Silbar was an attorney with the Commonwealth Attorney's office in Louisville, Kentucky, where she prosecuted criminal offenses.
Judge Claudia J. Silbar was a member of the California District Attorneys Association, and had once served on the Judiciary Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. Judge Claudia J. Silbar also assisted in forming the California School Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for schools in her community. Judge Claudia J. Silbar had received many awards and commendations for her service, including the "Diligent Prosecutor" award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Judge Claudia J. Silbar earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kentucky, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Louisville. Judge Claudia J. Silbar filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Ryan.
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In 2008, Judge Silbar and Judge Wieben Stock were chided by an Appeals Court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Rules of Court. To view the Appeals Court's opinion, click on "Click Here" below.