Oldest retired judge assigned by the state to hear cases Judge Julius M. Title is dead

September 24th, 2008 - 4:59 pm ICT by David M N James  

Retired Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Julius M. Title is dead.

Judge Julius died of heart failure on Sunday at his home in Cheviot Hills at the age of 93. Judge Julius has been famous as the oldest retired judge assigned by the state to hear cases.

He was a former real estate lawyer and was appointed to Los Angeles Municipal Court by Gov. Pat Brown in 1966 and elevated to Superior Court by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1970. Julius retired in 1985. However, he went back to active service and worked as an arbitrator, special master and judge pro term in civil disputes. 1997 saw him return to the bench as a member of the Assigned Judges Program, which consists mainly of retired judges who are appointed by the chief justice to cover vacancies and illnesses and relieve congestion in the busiest courts. They exercise all the powers of the position to which they are assigned.

Title is famous after his tenure we he heard cases in almost every department of the court. He heard cases involving high-profile figures like the Getty family, art collector Norton Simon and tennis star Billie Jean King. At 91, on summer he was hearing cases on a daily basis at the Beverly Hills courthouse. This year, he was in a downtown criminal courtroom on the bench and was lined up for a stint at Superior Court in Santa Monica until his health suddenly deteriorated a few months ago. In 2007, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the State Bar Commission on Access to Justice, which explores ways to improve access to civil justice for low-income Californians. Judge Title is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rita; two daughters, Susan of Beverly Hills and Barbara of Brentwood; a son, David of Beverly Hills; and three grandchildren.

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