April 2005

Judge Raymond L. "Chip" Haight

by Ed Butler


A San Bernardino County court commissioner for six years, Judge Raymond L."Chip" Haight III was appointed to a full judgeship of the county by Gov.
Schwarzenegger Feb. 15. Raised in Redlands with many family connections to the legal profession, Judge Haight will continue to preside in county Juvenile Dependency Court at least until summer, he says. His work presiding over juvenile dependency cases followed his service as juvenile court referee.
Judge Haight says the diversity of jurisprudence that a judge can handle attracted him to seek a judgeship.

He graduated in 1968 from Redlands High School, where he played baseball, basketball and football. He then earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California. He obtained his law degree in 1975 from California Western Law School in San Diego. His career as advocate began with three years as deputy county counsel of Kern County. In that office his varied civil work included contracts, real property, labor law, retirement, and litigation in general.He joined the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office in 1978, where his varied prosecutorial work included that of lead attorney in the
career criminal unit.

Before becoming a juvenile court referee, he partnered with his wife, Betty, in criminal appellate work and also served as pro tem judge.Asked for his favorite pastimes, Judge Haight quips that he enjoys watching USC win football games, especially if it's defeating UCLA. Judge Haight fills the judicial office vacated by the retirement of Judge James A. Edwards.


Ed Butler is Rancho Cucamonga branch manager of the Law Library for
San Bernardino County.