The Honorable Christopher R. Bowen

Contra Costa County Superior Court

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Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 40 (website)

Clerk phone: 925-608-1140

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Hon. Christopher R. Bowen is a judge for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him in 2010.

He is a Democrat.

Judge Bowen was always a part of the East Bay community. He is a fluent French speaker and did his double-majors degree in Anthropology and French.

Judge Bowen has volunteered at a homeless shelter in San José.


  • J.D. from University of Virginia School of Law
  • Bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University (Anthropology and French)


  • Public defender at Public Defender's Office in Contra Costa County, California (1994 to 2010)