The first woman to serve as presiding judge of Orange County Superior Court has won a second term.
In a recent election, Judge Kathleen E. O'Leary received the unanimous endorsement of 61 judges for the term that begins in January.
"She is very well-respected by the court," said Mary Lou Des Rochers, an assistant executive officer.
Presiding duties include making judicial assignments and schedules for judges, commissioners and court referees and working with committees. The presiding judge also handles administrative responsibilities, including budget and policy decisions.
In accordance with custom, O'Leary, 47, is not expected to serve a third term.
"There's no cap on the number of years they can serve," Des Rochers said. "Generally, by tradition, they don't offer to run again. It's a very demanding job."