San Diego Superior Court Judge Steven Denton is retiring after 12 years on the bench, court officials announced Tuesday.
His last day at the court will be Friday, June 21.
“It has been a great privilege to have served our community as a trial judge and member of the finest bench in the entire state," Judge Denton said. "I will always be proud of the work done by the diligent and hard-working judges of our court.
“I am looking forward to another career as a private judge and mediator. I hope in some small way to continue to serve our community of lawyers and litigants in finding economic solutions to the increasingly large number of complex civil cases that are a challenge to our civil justice system."
He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Gray Davis in 2001.
Judge Denton served most of his tenure as a civil judge in downtown San Diego's Hall of Justice, although early in his judicial career he served with distinction in family law and at the North County division in Vista.
Prior to his judicial appointment, he had his own firm, Ludecke, Denton & Bunn, for nearly 25 years.
"Judge Denton will be sorely missed by his colleagues and the public he has served so admirably over the last 12 years," Superior Court Presiding Justice Robert Trentacosta said. "His experience, breadth of legal knowledge, decisiveness and practicality were evident to all who were fortunate enough to appear before him. He has been both a friend and colleague and I will miss him.”
A 1975 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Judge Denton also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.