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Mar. 27, 2024

Judge J. David Markham prioritizes fire safety and enforces court standards

Lake County judge is known for his strict requirements and adherence to decorum.

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Lake County Superior Court
Courtesy of Amber Sheridan

For much of the year, wildfires loom as an ominous threat in the mostly rural hills, woods and grasslands of Lake County. As a veteran criminal defense attorney and, starting in 2018, as a Superior Court judge, J. David Markham has seen up close how a fire-wary community and its justice system interact.

Appointed to the county's four-judge bench by Gov. Jerry Brown, Markham presides over an eclectic calendar in which he and coll... (continued)

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