The Honorable John M. Davis

Riverside County Superior Court, Department S202


The Hon. John M. Davis is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

Judge Davis graduated with his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1971. After graduating from UCLA, Davis, who sang bass in a musical group in high school, performed in local shows and musicals over the course of several years. To pay his way, he also worked as an office manager for the U.S. Social Security Administration, a position he would maintain for twelve years. Ultimately, he decided to obtain his law degree and began attending law school at night while still working for the Social Security Administration. He then earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 1983.

After graduating from law school, he joined the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. During his twenty-four year career there, Davis would hold assignments in the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit, the Gang Unit, and the Homicide Unit. He was also responsible for responding to all police-involved shootings on behalf of the D.A.'s office, where he would oversee the investigations to ensure they were conducted according to procedure. After accepting an incentive, Davis retired from the D.A.'s office in 2009. A year later, he received his appointment to the Superior Court.

While on the bench, Judge Davis has presided over the Vertical Criminal Department at the Larson Justice Center as well as criminal trials at the Southwest Justice Center.

He has served as the president of the Acacia Fraternity Scholarship Foundation.

Away from the bench, Judge Davis enjoys rooting for his alma mater, the UCLA Bruins football and basketball teams.

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