Pomona Juvenile Court is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It is located at 400 Civic Center Drive in the City of Pomona.
Copyright 2004 - 2013


The Pomona Police Department is located adjacent to the
Pomona Juvenile Court.
Copyright 2004 to 2013.

Pomona Juvenile Court

Pomona Juvenile Court is located at 400 Civic Center Drive, Pomona, CA 91766. There are two bench officers that handle Pomona Juvenile Court matters. They are as follows:

Pomona Juvenile Court Judge Geanene M. Yriarte Department 281

Judge Yriarte received her Bachelors Degree from California Polytechnic Pomona and Loyola Law School. She was appointed as a Judge by Governor Arnold Schwarzennegger in 2009. She previously worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. As a prosecutor, she was selected Deputy District Attorney of the month for March 2007. At the District Attorneys Office she worked various assignments including East LA, Ahambra, Compton Pomona, West Covina, Pomona Juvenile and Central Hardcore Gangs. As a judge, she worked various assignments including handling misdemeanor offenses at the West Covina Court house and the Pomona North Courthouse. She takes over the vacancy created by Judge McCoy's transfer to Department K, a civil mandatory settlement court.

Pomona Juvenile Court Commissioner Phyllis Ann Shibata Dept 282.

Commissioner Shibata graduated from USC Law School in 1981. She worked as a Law Clerk & Lawyer at Witter & Walpole from 1980 to 1983. She worked as a Research Attorney & Deputy Public Defender at the Riverside Public Defender's Office from 1983 to 1985. She worked at the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office from 1985 to 2001. In 2001 she was appointed to the Los Angeles Court Supeior Court as Commissioner. She is married to a deputy public defender. She previously worked in the Domestic Violence Court at Citrus Court in West Covina before arriving at the Pomona Juvenile Court in 2006. She takes over the position of Commissioner Tia Fisher.

We thank our past Juvenile Court Judges that made significant contributions to the Pomona Juvenile Court:

Our community thanks other judges who previously served at Pomona Juvenile Court:

Pomona Juvenile Court Judge Martha Bellinger who retired in July 2011. Prior to her retirement, she was considered one of two judges in California that were considered experts in juvenile law. She was often asked by the California Judges Association to testify in Sacramento concerning pending legislation on juvenile law. Judge Bellinger graduated from Syracuse University in New York with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in 1972. She graduated from Whittier Law School in 1982. She worked as an associate at Federman, Gridley, Mogah & Grudwohl in Los Angeles County from 1982 - 1983. She worked as Staff Attorney for the Pomona - Claremont Bonita Unified School District from 1983 - 1984. From 1984 - 1991 she worked at the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office. She was apppointed as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner in 1991. Bellinger is a Law School Professor at La Verne University College of Law. Judge Bellinger is a registered Democrat. On June 13, 2005, Bellinger was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She recently published a book from Robe to Robe, available at all bookstores and Amazon.com. She will spend her retirement years as a mediator for family law issues with an emphasis on gay and lesbian family law issues.

Pomona Juvenile Court Referee Merrill Lee Toole Department 283 Referee Toole graduated from Principia College with honors with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1964; Middlebury College with a Masters degree in French in 1970 and Masters Degree in German in 1979. She attended law school at the University of Louisville where she graduated in 1984 and Georgetown University where she received her L.L.M in 1986.Referee Toole passed the state bar exam and is licensed to practice law in four states beginning in 1985 in Virginia,1988 in Connecticut, 1991 in the District of Columbia and 1994 in the State of California. She has extensive experience in Dependency Court matters having represented children, parents and grand parents in Dependency Court. Over the past several years she served as a as needed referee at the Pomona Juvenile Court. Her assignment became permanent with the retirement of Pomona Superior Court Judge Martha Bellinger. Referee Toole was born in Baltimore Maryland. A charismatic superstar referee, Referee Lee Toole, made a positive impact on those that appeared before her.

Pomona Juvenile Court Judge McCoy Department 281 Judge McCoy comes to Pomona Juvenile Court after serving a success stint as Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Prior to law school, McCoy served in Vietnam after college and received a Navy Commendation Medal. Later he graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975 and was a civil litigator with the law firm of Shppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. He went on to work as Chief of Staff to Matt Fong, a member of the State Board of Equalization. As a judge, he served for three years as a member of the Judicial Council and on the Board of Directors of the California Judges Association. Outside of work as a judge, McCoy has served as adjunct professor of law on trial advocacy and judicial decision making at Southern Western Univeristy School fo Law and Pepperdine University.

Judge Stepanie Bowick. Bowick was appointed Judge by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2009. She served as assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Univied School District since 2001. She previously served as a deputy city attorney for the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco and was a litigation associate for Barrack Rodoes & Bacine, Beman & Clark, and Mills & Schroed. She graduated from Howard University School of Law.

Judge Daniel Lopez served as site judge and served for many years as a volunteer in the community helping youth with various projects. He currently runs the very successful Peer Court program as a volunteer in El Monte. The parents in the El Monte Community hold Judge Lopez in high regard for all his volunteer work in helping youth. Judge Lopez also volunteers his time with high school mock trials. His community service have helped the public form a favorable opinion of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Comissioner Tia Fisher served many years in the Pomona Superior Court.


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