On March 30, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom announced his nomination of Justice Laurie Earl to serve as Presiding Justice of the Third District Court of Appeal. Justice Earl has served as an Associate Justice at the Third District since 2022. Prior to her elevation to the Court of Appeal, Justice Earl served as a Judge on the Sacramento County Superior Court between 2005 and 2021, where she presided over civil, criminal and juvenile dependency cases. Justice Earl also served as the Sacramento Superior Court’s Presiding Judge between 2012 and 2013. As the administrative presiding justice, she will be “responsible for leading the court, establishing policies, promoting access to justice for all members of the public, providing a forum for the fair and expeditious resolution of disputes, and maximizing the use of judicial and other resources.” (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.1004(b).) CCAP extends best wishes to Justice Earl in her challenging new role and a sincere word of thanks to Justice Ron Robie for his steadfast leadership as interim Acting Presiding Justice.