The Honorable Joscelyn C. Jones

Alameda County Superior Court,


The Hon. Joscelyn C. Jones is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom on April 28, 2020, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Brenda Harbin-Forte.

Jones earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands in 1978. Then, in 1981, she completed a J.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

After graduating from law school, Jones began her legal career as a deputy public defender for the Office of the Public Defender in Contra Costa County (1983 to 1990) and Los Angeles County (1990 to 1991). She then entered into private practice, spending the next three years working as a sole practitioner while also serving as Director of the Criminal Defender Program at the New College of California School of Law.

She founded Jones Torru Law, P.C. in 1997. She continued her private practice, specializing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, and criminal defense matters. She supplemented this work with service as assistant chief counsel to the Bayview Hunters Point Foundation (2000) as well as judge pro tem for Probate Division of the Alameda County Superior Court (2016 to 2020).

Her memberships have included the California State Bar Association and the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She has also served as a board member of Contra Costa County Legal Services, Battered Women’s Alternative, and Sutter Delta Hospital.

Jones was born and raised in Southern California.

She is registered as a Democrat.

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