Occupation: Circuit Court Judge, 15th Judicial
District, Position 2
Occupational Background: Law Clerk, Oregon State Public Defender, 1969-70; Law Clerk, Oregon Court of Appeals, 1970-71; Deputy District Attorney, Coos County, 1971-73; Private Attorney, Coos Bay, 1973-80; Circuit Court Judge, 15th Judicial District, 1980-Present.
Educational Background: Portland State University, Bachelor of Arts, 1963-67; Willamette University College of Law, Doctor of
Prior Governmental Experience: Circuit Court Judge; Deputy District Attorney; Chair, Coos County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council; Vice-Chair, Coos County Commission on Children and Families; Member, Governors Council on Domestic Violence; Member, Governors Adult Sentencing Work Group; Member, Council on Court Procedures; Member, Chief Justices Budget Reduction Advisory Committee; Judge Pro Tempore, Oregon Court of Appeals.
Judge Richard L. Barron is a life-long Oregonian who has been privileged to serve the people of Coos and Curry Counties since 1980. He and his wife, Bonnie, have been married for 38 years. Judge Barron is on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and the Oregon Coast Music Association. He is active in his profession. He has served on many committees, spoken on law-related topics, and made written contributions in five publications of the Oregon State Bar on criminal, juvenile, and civil law, evidence, and litigation. He teaches criminal law and case management to new judges. Within the past year, he has twice served on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Judge Barron has extensive experience in trying criminal cases, including many murder cases, civil cases, including the case involving the grounding of the New Carissa, domestic relations cases, and juvenile cases. Because of his interest in children and families, he has handled juvenile cases for 23 years and established a family court.
Judge Barron has been presiding judge since 1981 and under his leadership, the dockets of Coos and Curry Counties are consistently among the most current in the state. He has also carefully managed the courts budget and reduced the length of jury service.
(This information furnished by Richard L. Barron.)