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New Jackson County judge named by Governor Brown

A long-anticipated additional judge for Jackson County has been named, Governor Kate Brown's office announced on Thursday.

Posted: Feb 13, 2020 2:25 PM
Updated: Feb 13, 2020 2:47 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — A long-anticipated additional judge for Jackson County has been named, Governor Kate Brown's office announced on Thursday. Lawmakers created the new position last year, and the appointment signals that it has finally been filled.

Because of the sheer number of cases in Jackson County, many in the local justice system have been pushing for a new judge for years now.


Credit: Charles Kochlacs / Facebook

The new judge Charles G. Kochlacs, a Medford juvenile dependency and delinquency lawyer. The Governor's office says that Kochlacs has been an attorney in private practice representing indigent clients since 1997, beginning his career as a criminal defense attorney at Jackson County Public Defender.

Kochlacs graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of California Santa Barbara.

In addition to his practice, Kochlacs volunteers his time representing seasonal workers pro bono through the Northwest Seasonal Workers organization. He has also served as a board member for the Resolve organization, and as president of the Criminal Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.

Beyond his lawyerly pursuits, Kochlacs has spent time as a pack leader for a local Cub Scouts group.

Kochlacs is one of four new judges appointed to circuit court positions around the state of Oregon.

“These are four of the busiest and hardest-working circuit courts in the state,” Governor Brown said. “These attorneys have shown they can rise to the challenge. Each has earned a reputation for being a hard-working and fair-minded lawyer as they have worked to serve vulnerable populations in their communities.”

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