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Hon. Clare M. Maier

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Superior Court Judge

Phone: (925) ***-****  HQ Phone
Contra Costa County
651 Pine St. 4Th Floor Nw
Martinez , California 94553
United States

Company Description: Contra Costa County maintains an incredibly strong local economy, and for several years running has reported one of the fastest growing work forces among all the...   more

Employment History

  • Judge Pro Tempore and A Commissioner
    Contra Costa Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tempore
    Public Defender
  • Judge

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Park Trustee
    Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council and the East Bay Regional Parks


  • associate's degree
    Los Angeles City College
  • law degree
    UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law
  • bachelor's degree
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Web References
Families to Amend California's Three Strikes : Monday, Dec 17, 2012 Bay Area's First Prop. 36 Hearing Held in CoCo County By Jodi Hernandez, 17 Dec 2012 [cached]
Contra Costa County judge Clare Maier on Monday held the county's first hearing to consider early release for the three inmates who qualify for re-sentencing under Proposition 36, which included the fates of Pe ña, and two other inmates: Rudoph Casillas and Kelly Lee Starnes.
During the brief hearing, Maier signed an order releasing Pena and the other two. She told the families "congratulations" at the end of the hearing.
Rains Lucia Stern, PC - District Attorney's Offices are not Required to Obtain Officers' Dates of Birth and Run "Rap Sheets" on Officers Who May be "Material Witnesses" in Criminal Cases, 4 Jan 2012 [cached]
I had the recent experience of representing five police officers of the Antioch Police Department in two separate criminal cases after Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Clare Maier initially ruled that the City of Antioch was obligated to supply the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office with the officers' dates of birth, and further ordered the District Attorney's Office to run "rap sheets" on the officers in order to report the information from those documents to the court and to the defense.
After Judge Clare Maier initially issued that ruling, I was contacted by the president of the Antioch Police Officers' Association and asked whether the ruling appeared to comport with existing case law.
Judge Maier, following the receipt and review of objections and oral argument made on behalf of the Antioch police officers, reversed her initial ruling, and held that "... the District Attorney can fulfill its duties under Brady and the discovery statute in this regard without necessarily running rap sheets on each of the named officers.
Judge Maier's ruling was appealed by the defendants to the Court of Appeal, which summarily denied review.
The fact that the Supreme Court denied review of the written decision by Judge Maier on this very important issue is extremely significant. Judge Maier specifically decided in her ruling that a District Attorney's Brady obligation can be satisfied in a number of ways, including (1) bringing a Pitchess motion to obtain the officers' dates of birth and then running a rap sheet on the officers; (2) interviewing the officers or their superiors; or (3) having the officers sign a sworn declaration averring under penalty of perjury whether or not he or she has either pending cases or convictions for crimes of moral turpitude.
In other words, Judge Maier concluded, appropriately and consistently with the existing case law, that the Brady obligation of a prosecution's office can be satisfied without actually running rap sheets of officers after obtaining their dates of birth.
We argued in our brief to the Supreme Court that Judge Maier made the correct decision based upon existing case law, an argument also made in a brief filed by the Attorney General's Office.
Clare M. Maier, 50, of Oakland, ..., 4 Oct 2007 [cached]
Clare M. Maier, 50, of Oakland, also was named to the Contra Costa County Superior Court bench.She has served as a judge pro tempore and a commissioner for the Contra Costa Superior Court since 2001; earlier, she was a deputy public defender for the Contra Costa County Alternate Public Defender's Office from 1997 to 2001 and a deputy public defender for the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office from 1993 to 1996.She also was an associate for the law firm previously known as Cooley Godward from 1991 to 1992, and with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker from 1990 to 1991.Maier holds a law degree from the UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, a bachelor's degree from UCLA and an associate's degree from Los Angeles City College.A Democrat, she fills a new position created by the Legislature and governor last year.
Judicial Profile: Honorable Clare Maier : Contra Costa County Bar Association, 15 June 2010 [cached]
Honorable Clare Maier
Just prior to appointment, Judge Maier was fortunate to work full-time as Judge pro tempore at Juvenile Hall for approximately one year. For the six years prior to her work at Juvenile Hall, she served as a Judge pro tempore in seven different courts in Contra Costa County. Prior to her work as a Judge pro tempore, she worked as a dependency (W&I §300) attorney and a criminal defense lawyer for both the Alternate Defender's Office and the Public Defender's Office. Preceding that, she worked as a civil litigator in two different law firms: Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Cooley Godward, LLP (now Cooley Godward Kronish LLP) Political Affiliation: Democrat Judicial Experience
Judge Maier's current assignment is the Criminal Felony Fast Track Calendar in Martinez. Her prior assignments included juvenile court (both dependency and delinquency), drug court, post-preliminary hearing motions including non-statutory and other motions, trials and preliminary hearings.
Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities Judge Maier previously served as an officer on the Board of an organization in Oakland named "Season for Non-Violence" working to reduce violence in Oakland. She also served in her Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council, and the East Bay Regional Parks as a Park Trustee. In addition, she volunteered for the Oakland Police Department as an interviewer for the oral boards for police officer candidates. Current Civic & Professional Activities
Judge Maier has taught a number of courses to judges and attorneys including a drug court seminar, an update on domestic violence law, as well as a course on Judicial Demeanor. She is scheduled to teach a Civil Trial Practice class at Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) in the Spring semester in 2014. The judge volunteers for East Bay Regional Parks and also at the Berkeley Men's Shelter.
Courtroom Policies Please check in with the court clerk prior to your scheduled hearing. Also, such conventions as asking to approach the witness or to approach the bench are appreciated and add to the dignity of the proceedings. Teleconferencing Judge Maier has held conference telephonically on civil matters.
Judge Maier encourages the use of mediation and arbitration whenever appropriate.
While Judge Maier has not yet held an attorney to contempt nor imposed sanctions, in the appropriate circumstances, she would take action consistent with her authority to maintain security and control in the courtroom that will foster public respect for the bench and the bar.
Computers are welcome in Judge Maier's courtroom, but please have the sound turned off.
Judge Maier believes that all persons in a courtroom should be treated with dignity and given an opportunity to be heard.
At the preliminary hearing, Judge ..., 12 April 2014 [cached]
At the preliminary hearing, Judge Clare Maier said that
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