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The Honorable Jennifer K. Rockwell

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 4 (website)

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 4 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (916) 874-5527


The Hon. Jennifer K. Rockwell is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2014 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Troy L. Nunley (Ret.).

She is registered without party preference.

Judge Rockwell received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. After graduating from law school, Rockwell completed a year-long fellowship with the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State beginning in 1995.

She began her legal career at the California State Treasurer's Office in 1996, where she served as counsel. After three years there, Rockwell became a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General. During her nine-year tenure there, she served in the A.G.'s Tobacco Litigation and Government Law Sections. Then, in 2008, Rockwell joined the California Department of Finance, where she served as chief counsel. During that time, she was tasked with the responsibility of addressing budgetary issues within the government at the time of a significant recession in the state. Rockwell was also instrumental in helping to create legislation on pension, education, and prison reform. She was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the Superior Court in 2014.

While on the bench, Judge Rockwell has presided over the Misdemeanor Home Court.


B.A. from University of California, Davis

J.D. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law


Chief Counsel at California Department of Finance in Sacramento County, California (2008 to 2014)

Deputy Attorney General at California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (1999 to 2008)

Staff Counsel at California State Treasurer's Office (1996 to 1999)

Executive Fellow at Center for California Studies at Sacramento State in Sacramento County, California (1995 to 1996)

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