Ernest H. Goldsmith

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Ernest H. Goldsmith
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Court Information:
Superior Court of San Francisco, California
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Pete Wilson
Active:   1996-2017
Preceded by:   Barbara J.R. Jones
Past post:   Sole practitioner
Past term:   1976-1996
Past post 2:   Attorney, Riordan & Goldsmith
Past term 2:   1974-1976
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of California, Berkeley, 1957
Law School:   Stanford University Law School, 1965
Grad. School:   University of California, Berkeley, 1961

Ernest H. Goldsmith is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. He was appointed by former governor Pete Wilson in December 1996 to succeed Barbara J.R. Jones. Goldsmith was most recently re-elected in 2010 and his current term expires on January 1, 2017.[1][2]


Goldsmith received a bachelor's degree in 1957 and a master's degree in 1961 from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a J.D. in 1965 from Stanford University Law School.[2]


  • 1996-2017: Judge, Superior Court of San Francisco
  • 1976-1996: Sole practitioner
  • 1974-1976: Attorney, Riordan & Goldsmith
  • 1967-1973: Assistant district attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's Office[2]

2010 election

Goldsmith was re-elected to a six-year term.[3]

See also: California judicial elections, 2010

Notable cases

Temporary halt to California Cap-and-Trade Program

In March 2011, Judge Goldsmith declared that California did not explore enough alternatives before adopting its cap-and-trade program in December 2010. The state's Air Resources Board's (ARB) project was challenged by environmental groups that believed the program would unfairly allow polluters in poorer neighborhoods to buy carbon credits in other parts of the state.[4][5]

In June 2012, the California First District Court of Appeal sustained the ARB's cap-and-trade plan, saying that they followed state environmental regulations during the development of the plan.[6]

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