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

  • REYNOSO V COUNTY OF KINGS

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Kings County

    There Are No Tentative Rulings for Wednesday, May 1,2 019
    Defendant’s motion to bifurcate trial on the issues of liability and damages was not opposed by plaintiffs. The motion is granted.

    ...

  • REYNOSO V COUNTY OF KINGS

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to bifurcate trial on the issues of liability and damages was not opposed by plaintiffs. The motion is granted.

    ...

  • CITY OF FRESNO V PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to stay, vacate or continue the hearing on the writ of mandate is denied. The writ of mandate is filed in accordance with Government Code sections 970.2 and 970.3. The writ of mandate is a special proceeding to allow the collection of a judgment against a public entity. It is set for hea...

  • TOWNSEND V STATE OF CALIFORNIA ET. AL.

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    The court takes judicial notice of the 2016 Outcome evaluation report which sets forth the total number of inmates released from CDCR for each fiscal year 2002-03 through 2013-14. Based on this report, defendants contend the release date of all state prisoners is accurate 99% of the time. (Motion to Strike...

  • CITY OF FRESNO V PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to stay, vacate or continue the hearing on the writ of mandate is denied. The writ of mandate is filed in accordance with Government Code sections 970.2 and 970.3. The writ of mandate is a special proceeding to allow the collection of a judgment against a public entity. It is set for hea...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Apr 03, 2019 |  Kings County

    Torem’s demurrer to the 5th and 6th causes of action set forth in the first amended complaint in intervention is overruled. Once a party has been granted permission to intervene in an action, that party becomes an independent party to the action and may take actions as any other party would. (Deutschmann v...

  • TOWNSEND V STATE OF CALIFORNIA ET. AL.

    Apr 03, 2019 |  Kings County

    Hathaway v California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    Case No. 18C 0227         
    Plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction is granted. Defendant is ordered to remove the “Intent to Terminate with Cause upon return to employment” from plaintiff’s personnel file. Defendants ar...

  • AMAYA V KINGS ORCHARDS LLC

    Mar 13, 2019 |  Kings County

    There are no tentative rulings for Friday, March 15, 2019
    The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement of the class action wage and hour lawsuit and provisional class certification is granted.

    ...

  • AMAYA V KINGS ORCHARDS LLC

    Mar 13, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement of the class action wage and hour lawsuit and provisional class certification is granted.

    ...

  • RIVAS V ASHTON PARK

    Mar 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    No opposition has been filed. Proper notice of motion was given. The motions for good faith settlement filed by Visalia Tile and Central Air Conditioning Inc. are granted.  All claims of equitable comparative contribution and comparative indemnification are precluded by this finding. A statement filed by T...

  • RAMIREZ V ADAMS

    Feb 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    The demurrer to the causes of action for implied equitable indemnification, contribution and property damage in the first amended cross-complaint is overruled. The court takes judicial notice of its files and finds that cross/complainants have filed a probate petition for letters of special  administration...

  • EXCELSIOR FARMING V ESPINOZA

    Feb 14, 2019 |  Kings County

    No opposition has been filed. Fifteen days notice was given. The petition to confirm the arbitration award is granted.

    ...

  • EXCELSIOR FARMING V ESPINOZA

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendants’ motion to compel plaintiff’s further responses to form interrogatories and special interrogatories (4 sets)  and for payment of sanctions

    It does not appear that a further response to Form Interrogatory 2.13 has been provided. Plaintiff’s position was that this interrogatory was not ans...

  • ENGLE V BEBOUT ET AL.

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    Demurrer
    Defendant’s demurrer to the third cause of action brought by decedent’s husband for fraudulent concealment is sustained. The SAC does not allege that decedent patient was incompetent, comatose or otherwise unable to make her own health care decisions.  Plaintiff husband alleged that he had a ...

  • ENGLE V BEBOUT ET AL.

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendants’ motion to compel plaintiff’s further responses to form interrogatories and special interrogatories (4 sets)  and for payment of sanctions

    It does not appear that a further response to Form Interrogatory 2.13 has been provided. Plaintiff’s position was that this interrogatory was not ans...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • DELEON V WESTERN DENTAL SERVICES INC

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Kings County

    The court agrees with plaintiff counsel that due to the fact that verified discovery responses were served 11/8/18, but defendant counsel waited until the Christmas week to send a meet and confer letter, there was inadequate time for meet and confer discussions to take place. However, the court does not fi...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Kathy Ciuffini

  • REYNOSO V COUNTY OF KINGS

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Kings County

    There Are No Tentative Rulings for Wednesday, May 1,2 019
    Defendant’s motion to bifurcate trial on the issues of liability and damages was not opposed by plaintiffs. The motion is granted.

    ...

  • REYNOSO V COUNTY OF KINGS

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to bifurcate trial on the issues of liability and damages was not opposed by plaintiffs. The motion is granted.

    ...

  • CITY OF FRESNO V PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to stay, vacate or continue the hearing on the writ of mandate is denied. The writ of mandate is filed in accordance with Government Code sections 970.2 and 970.3. The writ of mandate is a special proceeding to allow the collection of a judgment against a public entity. It is set for hea...

  • TOWNSEND V STATE OF CALIFORNIA ET. AL.

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    The court takes judicial notice of the 2016 Outcome evaluation report which sets forth the total number of inmates released from CDCR for each fiscal year 2002-03 through 2013-14. Based on this report, defendants contend the release date of all state prisoners is accurate 99% of the time. (Motion to Strike...

  • CITY OF FRESNO V PINEDALE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT

    Apr 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendant’s motion to stay, vacate or continue the hearing on the writ of mandate is denied. The writ of mandate is filed in accordance with Government Code sections 970.2 and 970.3. The writ of mandate is a special proceeding to allow the collection of a judgment against a public entity. It is set for hea...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Apr 03, 2019 |  Kings County

    Torem’s demurrer to the 5th and 6th causes of action set forth in the first amended complaint in intervention is overruled. Once a party has been granted permission to intervene in an action, that party becomes an independent party to the action and may take actions as any other party would. (Deutschmann v...

  • TOWNSEND V STATE OF CALIFORNIA ET. AL.

    Apr 03, 2019 |  Kings County

    Hathaway v California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    Case No. 18C 0227         
    Plaintiff’s application for a preliminary injunction is granted. Defendant is ordered to remove the “Intent to Terminate with Cause upon return to employment” from plaintiff’s personnel file. Defendants ar...

  • AMAYA V KINGS ORCHARDS LLC

    Mar 13, 2019 |  Kings County

    There are no tentative rulings for Friday, March 15, 2019
    The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement of the class action wage and hour lawsuit and provisional class certification is granted.

    ...

  • AMAYA V KINGS ORCHARDS LLC

    Mar 13, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion for preliminary approval of the settlement of the class action wage and hour lawsuit and provisional class certification is granted.

    ...

  • RIVAS V ASHTON PARK

    Mar 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    No opposition has been filed. Proper notice of motion was given. The motions for good faith settlement filed by Visalia Tile and Central Air Conditioning Inc. are granted.  All claims of equitable comparative contribution and comparative indemnification are precluded by this finding. A statement filed by T...

  • RAMIREZ V ADAMS

    Feb 25, 2019 |  Kings County

    The demurrer to the causes of action for implied equitable indemnification, contribution and property damage in the first amended cross-complaint is overruled. The court takes judicial notice of its files and finds that cross/complainants have filed a probate petition for letters of special  administration...

  • EXCELSIOR FARMING V ESPINOZA

    Feb 14, 2019 |  Kings County

    No opposition has been filed. Fifteen days notice was given. The petition to confirm the arbitration award is granted.

    ...

  • EXCELSIOR FARMING V ESPINOZA

    Feb 11, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendants’ motion to compel plaintiff’s further responses to form interrogatories and special interrogatories (4 sets)  and for payment of sanctions

    It does not appear that a further response to Form Interrogatory 2.13 has been provided. Plaintiff’s position was that this interrogatory was not ans...

  • ENGLE V BEBOUT ET AL.

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    Demurrer
    Defendant’s demurrer to the third cause of action brought by decedent’s husband for fraudulent concealment is sustained. The SAC does not allege that decedent patient was incompetent, comatose or otherwise unable to make her own health care decisions.  Plaintiff husband alleged that he had a ...

  • ENGLE V BEBOUT ET AL.

    Feb 06, 2019 |  Kings County

    Defendants’ motion to compel plaintiff’s further responses to form interrogatories and special interrogatories (4 sets)  and for payment of sanctions

    It does not appear that a further response to Form Interrogatory 2.13 has been provided. Plaintiff’s position was that this interrogatory was not ans...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • HILARIO V MARQUEZ BROTHERS INTERNATIONAL

    Feb 01, 2019 |  Kings County

    The motion to withdraw filed by counsel for plaintiff is granted. The moving papers conclude that plaintiff is most likely not in this country, since a diligent search did not reveal a more current address for the plaintiff and the only ID for the client was a voting certificate from Mexico. Defendant obje...

  • DELEON V WESTERN DENTAL SERVICES INC

    Jan 30, 2019 |  Kings County

    The court agrees with plaintiff counsel that due to the fact that verified discovery responses were served 11/8/18, but defendant counsel waited until the Christmas week to send a meet and confer letter, there was inadequate time for meet and confer discussions to take place. However, the court does not fi...

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