The Honorable Sonia Cortés

Yolo County Superior Court, Department 9

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Biography

The Hon. Sonia Cortés is a judge for the Yolo County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2015. At the time of her appointment, she held the distinction of being the first Latina to be seated in Yolo County.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Judge Cortés graduated with her B.A. in political science and psychology from the University of California, Davis in 1993. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1996.

While in law school, Cortés clerked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Francisco. Then, after she graduated from law school, Cortés became an attorney at Legal Aid of the North Bay, where she practiced for two years. In 2000, she joined the La Raza Centro Legal, serving as an immigration attorney for one year before then becoming the coordinating immigration attorney there in 2001. The following year, Cortés served briefly as a managing attorney at the International Institute of the East Bay, before landing at the Yolo County Counsel's Office later that same year. During her five-year tenure at the County Counsel's Office, Cortés began as a deputy county counsel but was then elevated to senior county counsel in 2007. She would hold that position until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

During her time on the bench, Judge Cortés has presided in the Criminal Division.

She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her family as a child. Her parents settled in Winters, California.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Sonia Cortés

  • MEYERS V. CITY OF DAVIS

    Dec 15, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant City of Davis’s unopposed motion for an order directing Club 24 to comply with defendant’s deposition subpoena for the production of business records is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1987.1, 2020.010 et seq; Decl. of Veronica Yorba, ¶¶ 1-16; Decl. of Adam M. Ambrozy, ¶¶ 1-7.) Club 24 shall comply ...

  • TOVAR V. SS AND N, LLC

    Dec 15, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Michael R. Barrette’s unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel for Eduardo Garcia, Nydia Garcia, and SS and N, LLC is GRANTED. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1362.) This order is not effective until Mr. Barrette files a proof of service with the court showing service of a copy of the signed order on his cl...

  • LOURDUSAMY V. SHAH

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant’s motion to set aside default is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The two- sentence memorandum of points and authorities filed by defendant does not contain “a statement of facts,” the “evidence … relied on” or “a discussion of the statutes, cases, and textbooks cited in support of the position advanced...

  • KING V. ZERINGUE

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Natalie King’s motions to compel further responses from defendant Ernest Zeringue, M.D., Inc. to employment form interrogatories, special interrogatories, and requests for production, and from Ernest Zeringue, M.D. to special interrogatories and requests for admission are DENIED AS MOOT, since de...

  • STEFFEY V. CARVALHO-STANICH PROPERTIES INC.

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Purported judgment creditor assignee George Sommers dba Interstate Judgment Enforcement’s (“IJE”) motion to amend the judgment entered on September 10, 2010, is DENIED. Based on the evidence before the Court, IJE does not have standing to bring the current motion. On May 2, 2011, an assignment of judgment ...

  • ORGANIC GROW, INC. V. NEIL

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendants Gerald Neil and Terrie Lyn Hunt’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED. (Evid. Code, § 452, subd. (d).) Defendant Gerald Neil’s motion for summary adjudication/judgment: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is GRANTED. Defendant has shown that the action against him has no merit. (Code Civ....

  • TURNER V. SUPERIOR COURT

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Anthony R. Turner’s “judicial notice of § 2255, motions to vacate judgment” is DROPPED FROM CALENDAR. It is not accompanied by a proper notice of motion. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1110(a).)

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  • SAELEE V. BAINS

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Harminder Singh dba Tiger Transport’s unopposed motion to compel responses to special interrogatories, set one from plaintiff Xavier Martinez is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.290, subd. (b).) Plaintiff shall serve verified answers to the special interrogatories, without objections, by Decembe...

  • WEST SACRAMENTO AREA FLOOD CONTROL AGENCY V. SEECON FINANCIAL &

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Construction Co., Inc. CV ED 15-1808 Plaintiff West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency’s motion for an order that the property, identified as the “East Parcel” on Exhibit A attached to plaintiff’s motion, not be included within the larger parcel for purposes of severance damages is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Pr...

  • SCACCIA V. SCACCIA

    Dec 12, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Brian Scaccia’s application to continue the trial and application to stay the proceedings are DROPPED FROM CALENDAR. Plaintiff filed and served the applications by mail on November 16, 2017. The applications were required to be filed 16 court days and 5 calendar days before the hearing. (Code Civ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Sonia Cortés

  • MEYERS V. CITY OF DAVIS

    Dec 15, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant City of Davis’s unopposed motion for an order directing Club 24 to comply with defendant’s deposition subpoena for the production of business records is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1987.1, 2020.010 et seq; Decl. of Veronica Yorba, ¶¶ 1-16; Decl. of Adam M. Ambrozy, ¶¶ 1-7.) Club 24 shall comply ...

  • TOVAR V. SS AND N, LLC

    Dec 15, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Michael R. Barrette’s unopposed motion to be relieved as counsel for Eduardo Garcia, Nydia Garcia, and SS and N, LLC is GRANTED. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1362.) This order is not effective until Mr. Barrette files a proof of service with the court showing service of a copy of the signed order on his cl...

  • LOURDUSAMY V. SHAH

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant’s motion to set aside default is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The two- sentence memorandum of points and authorities filed by defendant does not contain “a statement of facts,” the “evidence … relied on” or “a discussion of the statutes, cases, and textbooks cited in support of the position advanced...

  • KING V. ZERINGUE

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Natalie King’s motions to compel further responses from defendant Ernest Zeringue, M.D., Inc. to employment form interrogatories, special interrogatories, and requests for production, and from Ernest Zeringue, M.D. to special interrogatories and requests for admission are DENIED AS MOOT, since de...

  • STEFFEY V. CARVALHO-STANICH PROPERTIES INC.

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Purported judgment creditor assignee George Sommers dba Interstate Judgment Enforcement’s (“IJE”) motion to amend the judgment entered on September 10, 2010, is DENIED. Based on the evidence before the Court, IJE does not have standing to bring the current motion. On May 2, 2011, an assignment of judgment ...

  • ORGANIC GROW, INC. V. NEIL

    Dec 14, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendants Gerald Neil and Terrie Lyn Hunt’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED. (Evid. Code, § 452, subd. (d).) Defendant Gerald Neil’s motion for summary adjudication/judgment: Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is GRANTED. Defendant has shown that the action against him has no merit. (Code Civ....

  • TURNER V. SUPERIOR COURT

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Anthony R. Turner’s “judicial notice of § 2255, motions to vacate judgment” is DROPPED FROM CALENDAR. It is not accompanied by a proper notice of motion. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1110(a).)

    ...

  • SAELEE V. BAINS

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Defendant Harminder Singh dba Tiger Transport’s unopposed motion to compel responses to special interrogatories, set one from plaintiff Xavier Martinez is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Proc., § 2030.290, subd. (b).) Plaintiff shall serve verified answers to the special interrogatories, without objections, by Decembe...

  • WEST SACRAMENTO AREA FLOOD CONTROL AGENCY V. SEECON FINANCIAL &

    Dec 13, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Construction Co., Inc. CV ED 15-1808 Plaintiff West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency’s motion for an order that the property, identified as the “East Parcel” on Exhibit A attached to plaintiff’s motion, not be included within the larger parcel for purposes of severance damages is GRANTED. (Code Civ. Pr...

  • SCACCIA V. SCACCIA

    Dec 12, 2017 |  Judge Sonia Cortés |  Yolo County, CA

    Plaintiff Brian Scaccia’s application to continue the trial and application to stay the proceedings are DROPPED FROM CALENDAR. Plaintiff filed and served the applications by mail on November 16, 2017. The applications were required to be filed 16 court days and 5 calendar days before the hearing. (Code Civ...

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