The Honorable Shawn D. Bessey

Stanislaus County Superior Court, Department 10


The Hon. Shawn D. Bessey is a judge for the Stanislaus County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2010.

Judge Bessey received his B.S. from California State University, Fresno. He went on to earn his J.D. from the Humphrey School of Law.

Bessey began his legal career at the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office, where he first worked as a victim's advocate before reaching the level of senior deputy district attorney. While there, Bessey helped prosecute drive-by shootings, elder abuse, domestic violence, gang violence, robberies, kidnapping, sexual assaults, and other major crimes. In his position, Bessey also trained other prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and fire officials. He remained with the D.A.'s office until being elected to the Superior Court.

Bessey received the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the Modesto Police Department, the Sund-Carrington Foundation, and the Victim Services Unit in 2006.

Bessey served as the past-president of the Stanislaus County Peace Officer's Association.

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