Superior Court Judge Rogelio Flores began his judicial duties in January 1987 as the first court commissioner for the North Santa Barbara County Municipal Court. In 1997, he was appointed to the municipal court bench and in 1998 he was elevated to the Santa Barbara County Superior Court. He received his law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1979.
Judge Flores is currently assigned to various collaborative courts in Santa Maria including the Substance Abuse Treatment Court-SATC, (Drug Court), and drug treatment mandated by passage of Proposition 36. He is also responsible for the Mental Health Court and calendars specializing in co-occurring disorders. He presides over the DUI Treatment Court an is helping organize the first Veteran’s Treatment Court in Santa Barbara County. Judge Flores is a guest lecturer at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
Judge Flores sits on the Collaborative Justice Courts Advisory Committee for the Judicial Council of California. He is a past president of the Latino Judges of California, and he is a member of the National and California Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Flores was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in 2008. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on the topic of collaborative jurisprudence. Recently, Judge Flores has been serving as a consultant to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the United States Department of State, Bureau of Narcotics Affairs in overseeing the creation of drug courts in Mexico.
He has previously received Certificates of Recognition from the California State Legislature, Congresswoman Lois Capps, the National Latino Peace Officers Association, the County of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara County Probation Peace Officers Association, the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Barbara, the Community Recovery Network and he was granted the Achievement Award for 2001 by the Santa Barbara Hispanic Achievement Council. Judge Flores was elected as a Class A (non-alcoholic) Trustee to the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York in 2007.
Judge Flores presides over
Dept. 7 in Santa Maria Miller Division.