Santa Clara County Superior Court welcomed a new presiding judge to start the new year.
Presiding Judge Patricia Lucas began her two-year term on Sunday.
She previously served as the court’s assistant presiding judge.
Judge Deborah Ryan has filled the newly vacant position of assistant presiding judge left by Lucas. Ryan will also serve as the supervising judge of the criminal and traffic divisions.
The court’s judicial leadership rotates every two years. Lucas will serve as presiding judge until Dec. 31, 2018, when Ryan is expected to fill the position.
Lucas succeeds outgoing Presiding Judge Rise Jones Pichon, who has served since 2015. In a statement, Lucas commended her predecessor’s achievements.
“From the implementation of our new computerized case management system to the completion and opening of our new Family Justice Center Courthouse, Judge Pichon has helped steer our Court through difficult economic times with her trademark grace and dignity,” Lucas said.
Pichon will remain on the bench and preside over the court’s probate calendars. She will also continue to serve on the court’s executive committee.