gavel.jpgA San Francisco Superior Court judge is retiring at the end of December after 21 years on the bench, court officials announced Wednesday.

Judge Tomar Mason is retiring Dec. 31 after serving as a member of the city’s Municipal Court from 1990 through 1998 and then as a Superior Court judge for the past 13 years.

Mason helped develop mandatory e-filing and e-service in the court for asbestos cases, the establishment of San Francisco’s drug court, and expanded pre-trial services.

“Judge Mason has offered much of her time and enthusiastic dedication beyond her formal bench duties to serve the citizens of the city and county of San Francisco,” Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein said in a statement.

“We are all extremely grateful to Judge Mason for her many years of dedicated public service and contributions to our court,” Feinstein said.

Prior to her career as a judge, Mason served as a deputy state attorney general and also as a deputy district attorney and deputy county counsel in Santa Clara County, as well as a deputy district attorney in Fresno County.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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