The Honorable Christopher J. Plourd

Imperial County Superior Court, Department Brawley Courthouse


The Hon. Christopher J. Plourd is a judge for the Imperial County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Joseph W. Zimmerman (Ret.).

He is registered decline-to-state.

Judge Plourd graduated with his B.A. in history and geography from Butler University in 1977. He went on to earn his J.D. from Western State University College of Law in 1981.

After law school, Plourd became an associate at Plourd, Blume, Scoville, and Strickland, where he practiced for two years.

In 1983, he joined the Imperial County Public Defender's Office, working as a deputy public defender until 1986. He then worked as a staff attorney for Defenders, Inc. for two years.

Plourd re-entered private practice in 1988 when he became a partner at Plourd and LeVine. He remained with the firm until 1995, when he then partnered at Plourd and Stiegerwalt. He held this position until entering into solo practice at his own law firm in 1998. During his time in private practice, Plourd specialized in cases involving forensic scientific evidence and was widely recognized for his expertise in forensic evidence, crime labs, and DNA testing. His forensic expertise extended to bite mark identification, blood splatter evidence, and DNA technologies. Plourd remained in solo practice until his appointment to the Superior Court.

His memberships have included the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Forensic Odontology, the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the San Diego County Bar Association, and the State Bar of California.

He also served by appointment as a member of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence. In 2005, he was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to serve as a member on the California Judicial Council's Science and Law Steering Committee.

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