Santa Clara County Superior Court

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Santa Clara County Superior Court
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Seal of the Court
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Santa Clara County
Composition methodNon-partisan election
Authorized byConstitution of California
Appeals toCalifornia Court of Appeal
6th Appellate District
Presiding Judge
CurrentlyThe Honorable
Deborah A. Ryan

The Santa Clara County Superior Court is the California superior court for Santa Clara County, which includes the city of San Jose.

The Santa Clara Superior Court serves the public by providing equal justice for all in a fair, accessible, effective, efficient, and courteous manner; resolving disputes under the law; applying the law consistently, impartially, and independently; instilling public trust and confidence in the court.

The doctrine of corporate personhood in US law is commonly traced to the 1886 decision of the United States Supreme Court in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, which started in this court.


  • Park Center Family Court, Downtown San Jose (closed August 15, 2016)
  • Notre Dame Courthouse, Notre Dame Avenue, Downtown San Jose (closed August 22, 2016)
  • Ruff Drive Courthouse, Ruff Drive, San Jose (closed 2008)[1]
  • Sunnyvale Courthouse, Sunnyvale (closed August 15, 2016)
  • Terraine Courthouse, Terraine Street, Downtown San Jose (closed August 22, 2016)



The following judicial officers serve on the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, as of June 2019:


  • Brooke A. Blecher
  • Christine Copeland
  • Jillian M. Laxton
  • Gregory H. Saldivar
  • Benjamin Williams

Notable past judges[edit]


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