January 12, 2001
Sacramento Governor Gray Davis announced the appointment of Supervising Deputy District Attorney Helios "Joe" Hernandez as a judge of the Riverside County Superior Court.
Mr. Hernandez, 56, of Riverside, is a veteran prosecutor with extensive trial and supervisory experience in the Riverside County District Attorney's office, where he has worked since 1980. As a trial attorney during his first 10 years in the office, he completed more than 80 jury trials and over 100 juvenile court trials. As a Supervising Deputy District Attorney for the last 11 years, Mr. Hernandez has been responsible for the Juvenile Division, Filing Division and Preliminary Hearings Division of the office. He currently heads the Narcotics Prosecution Division. From 1978 to 1979, he was in private practice as a sole practitioner. He is a former president of the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer's Association and the Stanford Club of the Inland Empire. Mr. Hernandez has also served on the board of Inland Counties Legal Services and is a former chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Riverside County Bar Association. After completing his college education at Stanford University, he served from 1967 to 1970 in the U.S. Navy, where he was an officer stationed aboard the USS Kittyhawk aircraft carrier. His ship was engaged in the Vietnam War during all of 1969.
Mr. Hernandez earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. He will receive a salary of $133,051. Mr. Hernandez fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Curtis R. Hinman.