The Honorable Sunshine S. Sykes

Riverside County Superior Court, Department 6

Biography

The Hon. Sunshine S. Sykes is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2013 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Randall White (Ret.). At the time of her appointment, Judge Sykes, who is a member of the Navajo Nation, held the distinction of being the first Native American judge appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Sykes graduated with honors with her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 1997. She went on to earn her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001.

An active member of the Native American community, Sykes worked as an intern at California Indian Legal Services before entering law school. While at Stanford Law School, Sykes would also clerk at California Indian Legal Services and at DNA People's Legal Services in Arizona. DNA is a non-profit law office that provides legal services to the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

After law school, Sykes became a staff attorney with the California Indian Legal Services in 2001. In 2003, she would become a contract attorney at the Juvenile Defense Panel before joining the Riverside County Counsel's Office as a deputy county counsel in 2005. She would remain in that position until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2013.

While on the bench, Judge Sykes has presided over a civil and trials calendar.

She was appointed in 2015 by the California Supreme Court to serve on the Tribal Court State Court Forum. The forum, which functions under the Judicial Council, seeks to unite tribal and state court judges in an effort to address issues in the tribal communities.

Judge Sykes, whose mother is a Navajo Indian (her father is a non-Native), was born on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Tuba City, Arizona.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Sunshine S. Sykes

  • OSORIO VS COOK GROUP INCORPORATED

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM ON 12/1/20. The Application is GRANTED.

    ...

  • SANCHEZ VS KLINTON

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM Defendant’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED. The motion is GRANTED as to causes of action 1-11 and 13-16 and DENIED as to the 12th cause of action for PAGA claims.

    ...

  • FITZGIBBONS V. CHAUDHURI

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The General Demurrer as to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th causes of action is SUSTAINED with 20 days leave to amend as the Complaint fails to state a cause of action as to each of these claims. The Special Demurrer on the grounds of uncertainty is OVERRUL...

  • VILLAREAL VS PERRIS VALLEY AUTO

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED.

    ...

  • LOPEZ VS ADESA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED, subject to the following minor changes: • The title of the Class Notice (Proposed Order, Ex. A), “NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT”, should be revised to state “NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT”, consistent with the term u...

  • ROBERTS VS CVWD

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as follows:

    1. Reports and communications from CVWD’s auditors regarding the loan – GRANTED as to auditor’s annual reports and CVWD’s auditor’s recommendations and DENIED as to Roberts’ request for a...

  • MORFIN VS CORE-MARK INTERNATIONAL INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 13, 2020 AT 9AM The Motion is CONTINUED to 12/4/20 at 9am in Department 6 to allow the parties to comply with CMO ¶¶ H.3.e and H.5.e. In addition, no net settlement amount has been provided, the costs at $20,000 seem high as well as the $15,000 enhanc...

  • DUNN VS BACKYARD PRODUCTS

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/8/20 at 8:30am in Department 6 for plaintiff to correct various deficiencies in compliance with the CMO. Plaintiff shall file supplemental briefing no later than 10 calendar days before the hearing. The deficiencies are as fo...

  • SOLERA DIAMOND VALLEY VS PULTE HOME

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED. Complaint-in-Intervention to be filed within 10 days.

    ...

  • RAYEVICH VS 3M COMPANY

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 9TH , 2020 AT 9AM The Demurrer is SUSTAINED as to the fourth cause of action with 20 days leave to amend.

    ...

  • RAYEVICH VS 3M COMPANY

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 9TH , 2020 AT 9AM The Motion to Strike is GRANTED with 20 days leave to amend as to the request for punitive damages and DENIED as to the phrase: “other products to be determined in discovery.”

    ...

  • GARCIA VS BELL BROS STELL INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED without prejudice. Plaintiff did not consolidate the two cases, or dismiss one case and amend the complaint in the other case, as previously ordered by the court. Plaintiff simply filed a Joint Stipulation and Proposed Order to File Fi...

  • ROBERTS VS COACHELLA VALLEY WATER

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM CVWD’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED as to the existence of Exhibit A, but not the truth of the document; and GRANTED as to Exhibits B-E. Robert’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED as to the existence of Exhibit 1, but not the truth of the do...

  • MAGANA VS EIBACH SPRINGS INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED.

    ...

  • AGUIRRE VS KDI ELEMENTS

     |  Riverside County

    The Motion is GRANTED. ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM

    ...

  • MARTINEZ VS MERIT LOGISTICS LLC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM As to Plaintiff’s evidentiary objections to the declaration of Eddie Kline: OVERRULED as to objection nos. 2-4; SUSTAINED as to objection nos. 5-15.

    As to Merit’s evidentiary objections to Plaintiff’s declaration: OVERRULED as to objection nos. 1-2...

  • PRECIADO VS SIMPLE SIMON'S BAKERY & BISTRO

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/10/20 at 8:30 am for compliance with the CMO as to the following: ¶H.3.d requires information about the use of the administrator, including (i) a declaration from plaintiff’s attorney about the bidding process, and (ii) a dec...

  • BRAVO VS SUNRISE FLOOR SYSTEMS

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/4/20 at 8:30 am to allow the parties to comply with CMO ¶¶ H.3.e and H.3.k. In addition, no net settlement amount has been provided. Finally, the claimed attorney’s fees in the settlement agreement varies from the amount now ...

  • MARTINEZ VS RONPAK, INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/2/20 at 8:30am for parties to comply with the CMO as follows: • CMO, §H(3)(a)(iii)(a): Counsel has not described his prior class action experience. • CMO, §H(3)(a)(v): Plaintiff’s Counsel explains that counsel conducted disco...

  • WILSON VS DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF RIVERSIDE

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED. Plaintiff to file the amended complaint within 5 court days.

    ...

  • WITMER VS CENTAUR HOLDINGS UNITED STATES

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The motion was filed 16 court days before the hearing and served by email and regular U.S. mail, so it is not timely filed. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1005 [minimum 16 court days of notice plus additional time for service].) Note: email service extends the notice...

  • TORRES VS HARRISON ENTERPRISES

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED without prejudice for failure to comply with the CMO. It appears Plaintiff has submitted the same documents without actually addressing the CMO. The compendium chart is not entirely accurate in referencing where the information is loca...

  • US REAL ESTATE VS GLENROY COACHELLA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Joinder is DENIED as Moot.

    ...

  • US REAL ESTATE VS GLENROY COACHELLA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED as Moot. However, the Request for Stay is GRANTED as to the Cross-Complaint only.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Sunshine S. Sykes

  • OSORIO VS COOK GROUP INCORPORATED

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM ON 12/1/20. The Application is GRANTED.

    ...

  • SANCHEZ VS KLINTON

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM Defendant’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED. The motion is GRANTED as to causes of action 1-11 and 13-16 and DENIED as to the 12th cause of action for PAGA claims.

    ...

  • FITZGIBBONS V. CHAUDHURI

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The General Demurrer as to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th causes of action is SUSTAINED with 20 days leave to amend as the Complaint fails to state a cause of action as to each of these claims. The Special Demurrer on the grounds of uncertainty is OVERRUL...

  • VILLAREAL VS PERRIS VALLEY AUTO

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED.

    ...

  • LOPEZ VS ADESA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED, subject to the following minor changes: • The title of the Class Notice (Proposed Order, Ex. A), “NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT”, should be revised to state “NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT”, consistent with the term u...

  • ROBERTS VS CVWD

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part as follows:

    1. Reports and communications from CVWD’s auditors regarding the loan – GRANTED as to auditor’s annual reports and CVWD’s auditor’s recommendations and DENIED as to Roberts’ request for a...

  • MORFIN VS CORE-MARK INTERNATIONAL INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 13, 2020 AT 9AM The Motion is CONTINUED to 12/4/20 at 9am in Department 6 to allow the parties to comply with CMO ¶¶ H.3.e and H.5.e. In addition, no net settlement amount has been provided, the costs at $20,000 seem high as well as the $15,000 enhanc...

  • DUNN VS BACKYARD PRODUCTS

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/8/20 at 8:30am in Department 6 for plaintiff to correct various deficiencies in compliance with the CMO. Plaintiff shall file supplemental briefing no later than 10 calendar days before the hearing. The deficiencies are as fo...

  • SOLERA DIAMOND VALLEY VS PULTE HOME

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED. Complaint-in-Intervention to be filed within 10 days.

    ...

  • RAYEVICH VS 3M COMPANY

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 9TH , 2020 AT 9AM The Demurrer is SUSTAINED as to the fourth cause of action with 20 days leave to amend.

    ...

  • RAYEVICH VS 3M COMPANY

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD ON NOVEMBER 9TH , 2020 AT 9AM The Motion to Strike is GRANTED with 20 days leave to amend as to the request for punitive damages and DENIED as to the phrase: “other products to be determined in discovery.”

    ...

  • GARCIA VS BELL BROS STELL INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED without prejudice. Plaintiff did not consolidate the two cases, or dismiss one case and amend the complaint in the other case, as previously ordered by the court. Plaintiff simply filed a Joint Stipulation and Proposed Order to File Fi...

  • ROBERTS VS COACHELLA VALLEY WATER

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM CVWD’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED as to the existence of Exhibit A, but not the truth of the document; and GRANTED as to Exhibits B-E. Robert’s request for judicial notice is GRANTED as to the existence of Exhibit 1, but not the truth of the do...

  • MAGANA VS EIBACH SPRINGS INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED.

    ...

  • AGUIRRE VS KDI ELEMENTS

     |  Riverside County

    The Motion is GRANTED. ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM

    ...

  • MARTINEZ VS MERIT LOGISTICS LLC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM As to Plaintiff’s evidentiary objections to the declaration of Eddie Kline: OVERRULED as to objection nos. 2-4; SUSTAINED as to objection nos. 5-15.

    As to Merit’s evidentiary objections to Plaintiff’s declaration: OVERRULED as to objection nos. 1-2...

  • PRECIADO VS SIMPLE SIMON'S BAKERY & BISTRO

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/10/20 at 8:30 am for compliance with the CMO as to the following: ¶H.3.d requires information about the use of the administrator, including (i) a declaration from plaintiff’s attorney about the bidding process, and (ii) a dec...

  • BRAVO VS SUNRISE FLOOR SYSTEMS

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/4/20 at 8:30 am to allow the parties to comply with CMO ¶¶ H.3.e and H.3.k. In addition, no net settlement amount has been provided. Finally, the claimed attorney’s fees in the settlement agreement varies from the amount now ...

  • MARTINEZ VS RONPAK, INC

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The hearing is CONTINUED to 12/2/20 at 8:30am for parties to comply with the CMO as follows: • CMO, §H(3)(a)(iii)(a): Counsel has not described his prior class action experience. • CMO, §H(3)(a)(v): Plaintiff’s Counsel explains that counsel conducted disco...

  • WILSON VS DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF RIVERSIDE

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is GRANTED. Plaintiff to file the amended complaint within 5 court days.

    ...

  • WITMER VS CENTAUR HOLDINGS UNITED STATES

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The motion was filed 16 court days before the hearing and served by email and regular U.S. mail, so it is not timely filed. (Code Civ. Proc., § 1005 [minimum 16 court days of notice plus additional time for service].) Note: email service extends the notice...

  • TORRES VS HARRISON ENTERPRISES

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED without prejudice for failure to comply with the CMO. It appears Plaintiff has submitted the same documents without actually addressing the CMO. The compendium chart is not entirely accurate in referencing where the information is loca...

  • US REAL ESTATE VS GLENROY COACHELLA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Joinder is DENIED as Moot.

    ...

  • US REAL ESTATE VS GLENROY COACHELLA

     |  Riverside County

    ANY REQUEST FOR ORAL AGUMENT SHALL BE HEARD AT 9AM The Motion is DENIED as Moot. However, the Request for Stay is GRANTED as to the Cross-Complaint only.

    ...

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