Steven Jahr, Executive Officer
After engaging in private law practice in southern and northern California, Steve was appointed to the bench in 1986 and served as a judge for 22 years, the final 17 on the Superior Court of Shasta County in Redding during which he served as Presiding Judge for four years. Following service on the superior court’s civil calendars, he was assigned to operate a felony direct calendar for several years, which included sole responsibility for the drug court in the county. He also initiated the Prop. 36 (Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act) court calendar and successfully operated it for its first four years of existence. During his tenure, Judge Jahr also administered the family law calendar for a total of three years.
On a statewide level, in the mid-1990’s during the period of transition from county to state trial court operations funding, Judge Jahr chaired the Task Force on Trial Court Funding and the Trial Court Budget Commission, by appointment of former Chief Justices Lucas and George, respectively. He also served for many years as faculty for the state’s judicial education programs. Chief Justice George appointed him to a three year term on the Judicial Council of California, the statewide governing body for California's courts, in 1998. After his judicial retirement, the Council asked him to return to service as its Administrative Director in San Francisco, where he served for two years until retiring in 2014.