The Honorable Debra L. Givens

Yuba County Superior Court, Department 1


The Hon. Debra L. Givens is a judge for the Yuba County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Thomas F. Matthews (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

She received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to earn her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Givens had worked as a contract public defender for Yuba County since 1996. She also served as a deputy public defender for the Yuba County Public Defender's Office from 1992 to 1996. In these roles, Givens represented indigent clients in criminal cases.

During her tenure on the Superior Court, Judge Givens has served as the Presiding Judge of the Court. Some of her judicial assignments have included the Juvenile Law, Guardianships, Conservatorships, the Drug Court, and the Proposition 36 Court.

Her memberships have included the Professionals Caring for Seniors, the Yuba Sutter Bar Association, and the California Public Defenders Association. She also served as past-president of the Yuba Sutter Legal Center for Seniors and the Consumer Credit Counseling of Twin Cities.

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