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Hon. Craig E. Arthur

Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., California State University – Long Beach
J.D., Western State University College of Law

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Courses Offered

Dependency Law Practicum

Hon. Craig E. Arthur is a judge with the Superior Court of Orange County, California.

Judge Arthur’s entire career has been about his passion in serving the youth of his community. His current judicial assignment is no exception as he presides over a juvenile delinquency court, handling cases where youth are accused of committing crimes. He recently presided over a dependency court for over three years, handling emotionally difficult cases involving child abuse, neglect, and abandonment. He also presides over the Boys Court program, which is a collaborative teen court serving the most vulnerable teenage boys in the juvenile court. Prior to being appointed to the bench by Governor Brown in 2014, he served as a Court Commissioner since 2005, sitting in family, criminal, and juvenile law assignments.

Judge Arthur has been a leader for juvenile justice issues both at the state and local levels. He currently is a member of the Judicial Council of California’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness, and on the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. Judge Arthur also sits on Orange County’s Blue Ribbon Commission, the Orange County Children’s Partnership and is the Juvenile Court’s liaison for training and information regarding immigration, education, and visitation issues involving foster youth and their families.

Judge Arthur is involved in many different outreach efforts. He often judges mock trials and moot court competitions at the high school, collegiate, and law school levels. He has been honored as Judge of the Year for his active participation in the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), an organization providing educational and mentoring programs to youth. He also serves on the CRF Judicial Advisory Board. Judge Arthur volunteers his time to speak at other organizations, as well as speaking at educational conferences. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Arthur worked as an attorney primarily practicing juvenile dependency law.