Judge of the Circuit Court
Occupation: Judge, Josephine County Circuit Court, 2003 to present.
Occupational Background: Circuit Court Judge since 2003; Josephine County Deputy District Attorney, 1991-2003; Corvallis Assistant City Attorney, 1986-1990; Private law practice, 1990-1991, 1983-1986; Judicial Law Clerk, Oregon Court of Appeals, 1981-1982.
Educational Background: University of Oregon School of Law, JD 1981; Stanford University, BA 1975; Denver, Colorado public schools.
Prior Governmental Experience: Grants Pass Urban Area Planning Commission; Grants Pass Infrastructure Task Force; Josephine County Emergency Food & Shelter Board. Other Community Activities: High School Mock Trial Competition; Josephine County Juvenile Peer Jury Program.
Personal: Married; two sons.
Re-elect Judge Michael Newman
Experienced and Knowledgeable
Judge Newman has served as a Josephine County Circuit Court judge since 2003. Serving as the Family Court Judge for nearly five years, he presides over most of the domestic relations and child custody cases, juvenile delinquency matters, and child welfare cases filed in our court.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Newman worked for over 12 years as a Josephine County Deputy District Attorney, prosecuting the full range of criminal cases including homicide and sexual assault cases as well as cases involving children. Judge Newman also has 9 years experience as an attorney in private practice and as a municipal attorney in Oregon.
Fair and Tough
Our legal system is adversarial - two opposing sides with an impartial judge presiding over the trial. Judge Newman makes rulings, issues orders, and imposes sentences according to Oregon law. He strives to ensure that all participants receive a fair hearing and understand the outcome.
Integrity and Respect
Judge Newman is known to be intelligent, courteous, and reasonable. He has an excellent reputation for honesty and integrity. As a judge and citizen, he believes that the legal system works best when we respect the law and respect each other as individuals, in whatever capacity that brings us to the courthouse.
(This information furnished by Michael Newman.)