The Hon. James A. Cox (Ret.) was a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1996 and was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 1998 as a result of the court's unification. He retired from the bench in 2018 and his vacancy was filled by the Hon. Timothy J. Hollenhorst.
Cox graduated with his B.A. in criminal justice from the University of California, Irvine in 1975. He then earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1978.
After law school, Cox worked for two years as a deputy public defender with the Riverside County Public Defender's Office before entering into solo practice in 1980. He remained in private practice for sixteen years.
Starting in 1985, Cox also worked as a city attorney for the City of San Jacinto. He would hold both positions until his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1996.
During his time on the bench, Cox served as a supervising judge for the Probate Department in Indio, he also presided over the Family Law Department there as well. During that time he traveled to Riverside where he would then preside over a probate calendar for the Court.
His memberships have included the American Bar Association, the Riverside County Bar Association, the Greater Inland Empire Municipal Lawyers Association, the City Attorney Division of the League of California Cities, and past-president of the Mt San Jacinto Bar Association. He was also a member of the Riverside Superior Court Arbitration Panel and provided pro bono work for civil arbitrations for the court.
His professional committees have included the Superior Court's Executive Committee, the Tribal Family Relations Committee, the Probate Advisory Committee, and the Temporary Judges Committee.
Cox, who was born in Hemet, California, has been an active member of the community. His civic memberships have included the Exchange Club, the Episcopal Church Vestry, the Ramona Pageant, and the Ramona Hillside Players. He also served as chair for a committee that was tasked with the selection and fundraising for the Episcopal Church's new pipe organ.