The Honorable Dora M. Rios

Solano County Superior Court, Department 16


The Hon. Dora M. Rios is a judge for the Solano County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2017. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Scott L. Kays (Ret.). At the time of her appointment, Judge Rios held the distinction of being the first Latina to serve in Solano County.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Rios received her B.A. from San José State University. She went on to earn her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1998.

Rios clerked for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office in 1998. Then, in 1999, she worked for one year as an attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Beles.

She left private practice in 2000 to join the Solano County Alternate Public Defender's Office, where she would work as a deputy alternate public defender for the next seventeen years. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2017.

While on the bench, Judge Rios has been assigned to the Family Law Division where she has also presided over guardianship cases.

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