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Judge Hugh K. Swift For Superior Court Judge
Calaveras County, CA...The experience Judge Hugh Swift has acquired over his 29 year legal career uniquely qualifies him for the position he currently holds – Calaveras County Superior Court Judge. As recently noted by retired Judge Douglas Mewhinney, “Judge Swift’s breadth of experience is indispensable in a two-judge court.” ...
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I take this responsibility very seriously, always mindful that each person who appears before me deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Every party is entitled to know I decided his or her case impartially, relying solely on the law and the facts presented. For many people, it is their first, and possibly their only, experience in court. Therefore, it is important to me that people feel I listened to them, considered the unique facts of each case and my ruling was impartial and well-reasoned.
Over the course of my career, I have been an attorney in private practice, a court research attorney, a court executive officer and a child support commissioner. This diverse background serves me well as a judge in our county, where I am called upon to hear a variety of different types of cases each week.
As an attorney in private practice and for the court, I learned the importance of well-reasoned and objective legal analysis. As court executive officer, I learned access to justice requires court procedures that are understandable, fair and designed to protect each party’s right to their “day in court”. As a child support commissioner, who heard cases involving families and children, I realized the significant impact my decisions had on the parties who appeared before me.
I believe a fair, unbiased and transparent process is not only important to the people who appear before me, but also to the integrity of the legal system, which is based upon the principle of equal justice for all. For our democracy to function as intended, the public must feel confident that judges respect the law and will apply it fairly, regardless of personal or political consequences.
The citizens of Calaveras County expect and deserve nothing less than judges committed to safeguarding the right to equal access and treatment before the court. As judge I am committed to serve with integrity and humility. I pledge to work diligently, to apply the law fairly and to be patient and respectful to those who appear before me.
I respectfully ask for your support in the election for Superior Court Judge, Department Two – the seat that I currently hold.
Judge Hugh SwiftFor the first 13 years of his career, Judge Swift practiced civil litigation in Southern California. In 1999 he moved to Calaveras County and began his career with the California courts working as a research attorney for the Amador Superior Court. Soon thereafter he was promoted to the position of Court Executive Officer. In 2006 Judge Swift was appointed to serve as a Superior Court Commissioner. As a commissioner, Judge Swift presided over Child Support and Small Claims cases on a weekly basis. The decisions he made in those cases had the same legal force and effect as the decisions he currently makes as a judge. In December 2013, Judge Swift was appointed to the Calaveras Superior Court after a lengthy and thorough vetting process by the California State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE). A process only judges who are appointed by the Governor are required to go through and which is designed to determine an applicant’s qualifications, character and judicial demeanor
Currently, Judge Swift hears criminal, civil, traffic, family law, probate, domestic violence and civil harassment cases. Since taking the bench, Judge Swift has presided over felony and misdemeanor jury trials, in addition to civil, family law and probate court trials.
Judge Swift hears the Drug Court calendar and is working with the Court’s justice partners and veteran’s advocates to establish a Veterans Treatment Court. More than 20 Superior Court Judges, including Judge John Martin and retired Judge Mewhinney of the Calaveras Superior Court endorse Judge Swift. In addition, he enjoys the support of educators, health care professionals, small business owners and members of the community.
Judge Hugh Swift has lived in Calaveras County for 15 years, where he is raising his children and is active in his community. Judge Swift was a partner in Newsome Harlow Wines and a member of the board of directors of Mind Matter Clinic in Murphys. He enjoys spending time hiking, hunting, riding horses and watching his daughters dance and play soccer.
Judge Swift has not sought the endorsement of any political party for this non partisan position.