James Selna

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James Selna
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Central District of California
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #22
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/27/2003 - Present
Preceded by:   Spencer Letts
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   San Jose, CA
Undergraduate:   Stanford U., A.B., 1967
Law School:   Stanford Law School, J.D., 1970
Military service:   U.S. Army 1967 - 1978 Reserve, Captain



James Selna is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He joined the Court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Born in San Jose, California, Selna graduated from Stanford University with his bachelor's degree in 1967. Selna served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserves from 1967 to 1968 before receiving a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University School of Law in 1970.[1]

Professional career

Selna was a private practice attorney in California from 1970 to 1998 before serving as Superior Court Judge in the California Superior Court of Orange County, California until 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Central District of California

Selna was nominated to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by President George W. Bush on January 29, 2003 to a seat vacated by Spencer Letts. Selna was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 27, 2003 and received commission on March 27, 2003.[2]

Notable cases

Toyota lawsuits (2010-2012)

  United States District Court for the Central District of California
     *In re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation 8:10-ml-02151-JVS-FMO
Judge Selna was chosen on April 9, 2010 to preside over 200 lawsuits involving the car maker Toyota. A group of 26 attorneys sued Toyota for negligence after the company was forced to recall many vehicles due to sudden acceleration problems.[3][4][5]. In December 2012, a settlement between Toyota and the claimants was announced. While the exact amount is not known, Toyota is said to have paid $1.2 to $1.4 billion directly to car owners and in order to install new brake systems into millions of cars.[6]


Green cards (2009)

  United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Selna presided in a case involving age restrictions on immigration green cards. A group of green card holders sued the federal government claiming that if children turned age twenty-one while their parents were awaiting a green card they could have new applications signed on their behalf. However, the judge ruled on October 13, 2009 that if a child turns twenty-one, they must restart the application process.[7]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Spencer Letts
Central District of California
2003–Current
Seat #22
Succeeded by:
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