The Honorable Thomas James Borris

Orange County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Thomas James Borris (Ret.) served as a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed to the West Orange County Municipal Court by former governor Pete Wilson on May 25, 1993. He was elevated to the Superior Court on August 10, 1998, upon the majority vote of the judges in the county to convert Municipal Courts to Superior Courts.

Borris earned a B.A. in political science from Claremont-McKenna College in 1976. He then received a J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1979.

Borris began his legal career in 1980, serving as a deputy district attorney for the Office of the District Attorney of Orange County. Then, in 1990, he joined Muñoz, Borris & Associates, where he worked as a partner until his appointment to the bench in 1993.

As a judge for the Municipal Court of Orange County, Borris served on the Judicial Council Criminal Law Advisory Committee. He also served as chairperson for the Orange County Trial Court Coordination Committee.
As a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County, Borris served on the Judicial Council Trial Court Coordination Committee. He also served as Supervising Judge of Felony Criminal Operations.

Borris was named Community Leader of the Year by the Orange County Women Lawyers Association in 2013. He was a recipient of the W. Patrick McCray Award from the West Orange County Bar Association in 2000 and the Judge of the Year Award from the Orange County Narcotic Officers Association in 1995.

Borris graduated from Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California in 1972. As a high school student, he spent two years playing varsity football.

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