The Honorable Carol Yaggy

San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Carol Yaggy (Ret.) was a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco County in California. She was elected on June 2, 1998, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Raymond Williamson, Jr. She retired from the bench in 2019, after serving as a Superior Court judge in San Francisco County for twenty-one years.

Yaggy graduated with her B.A. in political science and international affairs from Tufts University in 1972. She then received a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1979.

Before obtaining her law degree, Yaggy served as project director for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.

She began her legal career in the Office of the Public Defender of San Francisco County in 1980. Seven years later, she resigned from the Office of the Public Defender after her supervisor condemned her in a letter to the First District Court of Appeal for providing ineffective assistance of counsel. Yaggy was quickly appointed as a commissioner to the Superior Court of San Francisco in 1987, where she presided over family, probate, juvenile, and mental health cases. She held this position until her election to the bench in 1998.

During her tenure on the Superior Court, Yaggy served as a criminal judge and was considered an expert on criminal matters. As such, she presided over several homicide cases including the Lee Bell and Binh Thai Luc cases.

While on the bench, Yaggy served on various judicial committees which included the San Francisco County Superior Court's Executive Committee and a 3-year term on its Appellate Panel. She also served as chair of the Judicial Planning Committee for the California Judges Benchguides from 2005 to 2009.

Besides her judicial duties, Yaggy served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Progress Foundation.

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