The Honorable Kathy Ciuffini

Kings County Superior Court, Department 10

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Biography

The Hon. Kathy Ciuffini is a judge for the Kings County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in 2018. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Steven D. Barnes (Ret.).

Judge Ciuffini graduated with her B.A. in communications from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. She went on to earn her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1994.

She began her legal career as a deputy public defender with the Tulare County Public Defender's Office in 1996. After four years as a public defender, Ciuffini then joined the Kings County District Attorney's Office, where she started as a deputy district attorney in 2001. Then, in 2016, Ciuffini was elevated to second in command at the Kings County D.A.'s Office. In her role as the assistant district attorney, she supervised the administration of the office's daily operations while continuing to maintain her caseload as a prosecutor. During her tenure with the D.A.'s office, she specialized in homicide, general felonies, sexual assault, domestic violence, prison crimes, and insurance fraud cases.

Ciuffini was certified in child sexual abuse forensic interview training in 2015 and in forensic interview training involving interviewing children and preparing them for court in 2007.

She was nominated as the Employee of the Year in 2003 and 2005 by the Kings County District Attorney's Office. She received a Public Safety Appreciation Award from the Hanford Chamber of Commerce (2004) and was honored for victim advocacy by the Kings County Probation Department's Victim Witness Assistance Center (2006).

In 2013 she received recognition from the F.B.I. for her involvement in a case regarding a California State prisoner.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Kathy Ciuffini

Recent Rulings by Hon. Kathy Ciuffini

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