The Honorable Emma C. Smith

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 42


The Hon. Emma C. Smith is a judge for the Riverside 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. James S. Hawkins (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Smith received her B.A. from American University. She went on to earn her J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2006.

Smith worked as an attorney for the California Appellate Project for one year before joining the Riverside County Public Defender's Office in 2009. During her tenure there, she served as a senior deputy public defender from 2009 to 2017 and was serving as an assistant public defender just prior to her appointment to the Superior Court.

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