Daniel J. Kremer

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Daniel J. Kremer (born November 21, 1937) is a former Presiding Justice of the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, having been appointed to the post by Republican Governor George Deukmejian in 1985.[1]

Born in Olympia, Washington, Kremer attended Everett High School in Everett, Washington, but his attendance at the school was interrupted when he contracted polio in one of the last epidemics of the disease in the 1950s. Kremer won the state title of best high school debater as a senior and graduated from Everett in 1956.[1]

Kremer earned his A.B. in 1960 from Stanford University, where he served as captain of the debate team for two years and won the Joffre Debate[3] against the University of California, Berkeley. After earning his LL.B. from Stanford Law School in 1963, Kremer served as a Deputy Attorney General in Sacramento, California. In 1972, he was promoted to head of the criminal division in the Attorney General's San Diego office. In 1983, Kremer was again promoted, this time to Chief Assistant Attorney General heading the statewide criminal division.[1]

Later that year, Republican Governor George Deukmejian appointed Kremer to serve as a San Diego County Superior Court Judge. In 1985, Deukmejian elevated Kremer to serve as Presiding Justice of the California Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One. During his service as Presiding Justice, Kremer served as Chair of the Judicial Council's Criminal Trial Delay Reduction Committee, Library Technology Committee, and Court Facilities Task Force. The Judicial Council named Kremer the 2002 Jurist of the Year.[1]

As Presiding Justice, Kremer wrote court opinions ruling in favor of a grower by upholding a $1.7 million judgment against the United Farm Workers for holding an illegal strike,[4] in favor of a teenager by overturning a $166.50 speeding ticket fine imposed by a traffic court,[5] that a widowed father should be given custody of his daughter after his parents-in-law and their attorney used "inexcusable" tactics to try to take custody from him,[6] that an insurance company could not sue to recover losses that occurred in space exploration,[7] that a fundamentalist Christian mother convicted of civil contempt could be charged with felony child-stealing for taking her teenage son from his gay father without violating her constitutional protection against double jeopardy,[8] that a city did not act with gross negligence in a surfer's death by failing to call for off-duty lifeguards,[9] that police did have probable cause to arrest the co-worker of a bludgeoned teenage murder victim,[10] that the owner of an apartment complex could refuse to allow the installation of Cox Cable equipment,[11] and that doctors reporting suspected cases of child abuse were immune from lawsuits by parents.[12]

After serving as Presiding Justice for 18 years, Kremer retired on July 31, 2003.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Daniel J. Kremer". Judicial Council of California. 
  2. ^ Paul Kilduff (May 2, 2003). "Cal's resurrected debate team set to battle Stanford". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 2. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Initially named after French President Marie François Sadi Carnot, who was assassinated in 1894, the Carnot debates centered on issues of French policy. In 1919, the event was renamed the Joffre Debate after Marshal Joseph Joffre, France's military commander during World War I.[2] The Joffre Debate is the oldest intercollegiate debate contest in the United States.[1]
  4. ^ Philip Hager (May 17, 1991). "State Supreme Court Upholds $1.7-Million Award Against UFW". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 
  5. ^ Alan Abrahamson (February 2, 1991). "Surfer Hangs 10 on the Legal System: Justice: Teen-ager's handwritten letter finds its way to appellate court, which surprisingly overrules his traffic fine". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Jim Schachter (April 3, 1986). "Appeal Court Assails Attorney, Returns Child Custody to Father". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ Alan Abrahamson (September 2, 1989). "Court Rules Against Insurers in Suit Over Property Lost in Space". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 
  8. ^ H. G. Reza (August 1, 1986). "Mother to Face Criminal Trial: Court Reinstates Felony Child-Stealing Charge". Los Angeles Times. 
  9. ^ Alan Abrahamson (August 13, 1989). "Tide's Ebbing for Victims of Ocean Who Seek Redress: Beach Liability Suits Being Settled in Favor of Cities". Los Angeles Times. p. 5. 
  10. ^ Alan Abrahamson (April 15, 1992). "Conviction Is Upheld in Mysterious Murder: Justice: Appeal court upholds killer's sentence in slaying of teen-age co-worker. Motive remains a mystery.". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 
  11. ^ Jim Schachter (September 30, 1987). "No Guaranteed Rights to Service Apartments: Cox Cable Loses Access Case in Appellate Court". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. 
  12. ^ Alan Abrahamson (March 22, 1991). "Lawsuit Over Reporting of Possible Child Abuse Dismissed by Justices". Los Angeles Times. 
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Preceded by
Gerald Brown
Presiding Justice of the
California Court of Appeal for the
Fourth District, Division One

July 30, 1985 – July 31, 2003
Succeeded by
Judith McConnell