The current Presiding Judge is the Honorable Risë Jones Pichon. Read the Welcome from the Presiding Judge .
There are 89 judges and commissioners at the Superior Court in Santa Clara County. (A commissioner is a subordinate judicial officer appointed by the judges of the Court, and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.)
For information on the election of Superior Court judicial officers, see the Judicial Election Fact Sheet .
Temporary ("pro tem") Judges also serve in a judicial capacity at the Superior Court. A Temporary Judge is a lawyer who has volunteered to hear and decide cases. For more information, please see our Temporary Judge Program web page.
Judicial Officers by Department/Courthouse
Click on the links below to see a list of judicial officers and department phone numbers at each courthouse.
|Downtown Superior Court (DTS)||1-16
||Palo Alto Courthouse||84 - 89|
|Family Court||71 - 76||Santa Clara Courthouse||55 - 58|
|Hall of Justice (HOJ)||23 - 54||South County Courthouse||105 - 110|
|Juvenile Justice Courthouse||77 - 79||Sunnyvale Courthouse||80 - 83|
|Old Courthouse||17 - 22|| Terraine Courthouse/
|60 - 70|
|Notre Dame Courthouse||94 - 95|
For information about applying to be a judicial intern at our court, see the Interns and Volunteers web page. Note: to qualify, candidates must be enrolled in a college degree program that is related to the internship.
Judicial Officers Speakers Bureau
This program is designed to promote interaction between judicial officers and the public. The Speakers Bureau can provide judges and court commissioners to speak at community events, meetings, and school functions, and these presentations can be tailored to fit each organization’s needs and interests.