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The Honorable Barbara C. Hinton

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 38 (website)

Court Info

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 38 (website)

Clerk phone: 925-608-1138


The Hon. Barbara C. Hinton is a judge on the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the bench on November 5, 2008. She was automatically re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed.

Judge Hinton earned both her bachelor's degree and her J.D. from Stanford University in California.

After law school, she became a defense attorney for Contra Costa County, California's Alternate Defender’s Office a position that lasted from 1992 to 2008. Prior to Hinton's appointment to the bench, she was a deputy public defender in Contra Costa County, California.

Judge Hinton has also presided over the departments of the new Juvenile Justice Center, started in Walnut Creek.


J.D. from Stanford University

Bachelor's degree from Stanford University


Deputy public defender at Office of the Public Defender in Contra Costa County, California (2008 to 2008)

Defense attorney at Alternate Defender's Office in Contra Costa County, California (1992 to 2008)

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