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The Honorable Halim Dhanidina

2nd District Court of Appeal


The Hon. Halim Dhanidina is an Associate Justice for the Second District Court of Appeal in California. He was appointed to the Court of Appeal by former Governor Jerry Brown on July 24, 2018. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Richard Aldrich. He was originally appointed to the Superior Court by Brown in 2012. At the time of his appointment to both courts, Dhanidina was the first Muslim American to be appointed a judge in the history of California.

Dhanidina's parents immigrated from East Africa before he was born.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Dhanidina graduated with his B.A. in international relations from Pomona College and went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1997.

After graduating from law school, Dhanidina joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. During his 14 years as a prosecutor for the D.A.'s office, he served on the Hardcore Gang Unit as well as the Major Crimes Division.

Judge Dhanidina has also taught as an adjunct professor for Whittier Law School and Glendale University College of Law.

Some of his memberships have included the Asia Pacific American and South Asian Bar Association and the Association of South Asian Prosecutors, of which he helped found.

In 2017 he received the Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in recognition of his achievements.


J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1997)

B.A. from Pomona College (International Relations)


Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1998 to 2012)

Judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles County, California (2012 to 2018)

Adjunct Professor at Whittier Law School in Orange County, California

Adjunct Professor at Glendale University College of Law in Los Angeles County, California

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