The Honorable Manuel J. Covarrubias

Ventura County Superior Court, Department J4


The Hon. Manuel J. Covarrubias is a judge for the Ventura County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2002 by former governor Gray Davis. At the time of his appointment, Judge Covarrubias was the second Latino to serve on the bench.

He received his bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge. Covarrubias was the first of his family to graduate from college. He went on to earn his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1977.

After graduating from law school, Covarrubias became a legal aid attorney for Channel Legal Services in 1978. Three years later, he entered into solo practice, where he served as a civil defense attorney and civil litigator for fifteen years.

Then, in 1996, Covarrubias was appointed to serve as a court commissioner for the Ventura County Superior Court. He would remain in that position until his appointment to the bench in 2002.

During his time on the Superior Court, Judge Covarrubias presided over juvenile delinquency and family law matters.

In 2015, Judge Covarrubias received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Judicial Council for his work in helping to develop the Strategic Plan for Language Access in the California Courts. The plan, which has served as a model for other courts, seeks to provide non-English speaking residents equal access to the judicial process throughout the court systems.

Judge Covarrubias, who was born and raised in Oxnard, California, was also a member of the Mexican-American Bar Association.

His hobbies include carpentry and gardening.

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