SF Superior Court\'s Judge Positions Are Filled - Nearly Half By Women
by Alexandra Cannarella
Jan 08, 2019

The independence of the judiciary took center stage at a swearing-in ceremony for San Francisco Superior Court judges on Monday. Now, for the first time, San Francisco’s courts have a full complement of 52 judges, with a bench that is now almost half female. Only Contra Costa County, where 53 percent of judges are female, has a higher percentage of women on the bench among the state’s largest counties.

Four of the incumbents sworn in — Judges Jeffrey Ross, Cynthia Ming-mei Lee, Andrew Cheng, and Curtis Karnow — faced unsuccessful challenges last year by San Francisco public defenders, who ran on a platform of changing the city’s criminal justice system and ease penalties for poor and minority defendants.