Judge Jose R. Benavides | Trellis: Legal Intelligence + Judicial Analytics

The Honorable Jose R. Benavides

Kern County Superior Court, Department D (website)

Court Info

Kern County Superior Court, Department D (website)

Clerk phone: 661-868-5393

Civil - Limited: 661-868-7204

Civil - Unlimited: 661-868-7205

Administration: 661-868-4934


Hon. Jose R. Benavides was appointed in 2009 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a judge of the Superior Court of Kern County in California.

The judge was born in Reedley, but moved to Arvin a year later. He lived in Los Angeles but in 1993, after the Rodney King beating, he moved his family to Kern County.

When appointed the judge was president of the board of Community Action Partnership, a social services agency with 800 employees and a $60 million budget.

He has a wife and two children.

Judge Benavides is a Democrat.


J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles (1982)

Bachelor's degree from University of California, Los Angeles (1979)


Sole practitioner at Private practice in Kern County, California

Associate at Klein, Wegis, et al.

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