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Ventura County Getting New Court Commissioner

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Current Senior Deputy Public Defender in Ventura County appointed to post

A public defender whose legal career include service with the Army in Afghanistan has been appointed as a Ventura County Court Commissioner.

Ventura Superior Court judges appointed R. Paul Kawai to the bench.

Kawai is currently a Senior Deputy Public Defender with Ventura County.

He was in private practice from 2001 to 2014.

Kawai is also a Judge Advocate with the U.S. Army Reserves, overseeing a team of 16 army lawyers who provide legal assistance and advice to service members. He served in Afghanistan from 2006 to 2007.

He’ll begin his new job as a Commissioner August 3rd. Commissioners hear matters ranging from criminal and traffic cases to family law.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.