The Honorable Anita L. Santos

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 2


The Hon. Anita L. Santos is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California. Governor Jerry Brown appointed her on December 12, 2014, to replace the Hon. Barbara A. Zuniga.

Judge Santos attended the University of California, Berkeley where she double majored in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. She then attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, California where she earned her J.D.

After law school, she was deputy district attorney at the Contra Costa County, California District Attorney’s Office from 1997 to 2008. In 2008 she owned and operated the Law Office of Anita Santos. In 2012, prior to her appointment, she served as a Contra Costa County Superior Court commissioner.

Judge Santos's father was stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, where she was born. Her grandparents were immigrants from the Cape Verde Islands.

The judge lives in Fairfield, California with her husband and four children.

She is a Democrat.

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