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The Honorable Joshua Weinstein

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 64 (website)

Court Info

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 64 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (408) 792-4230

Court Reporter: +1 (408) 792-4235


The Hon. Joshua Weinstein is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on July 16, 2014, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Jerome S. Nadler.

Weinstein earned a B.S. from Boston University. He then completed a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.

He began his legal career in 1986. He first worked as a research attorney for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. The following year, he joined the Office of the Public Defender of Santa Clara County, where he served as a deputy public defender until 1989. He spent the next year as a staff attorney for the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association, eventually settling into a position as a training supervisor for the Washington Appellate Defender Association from 1990 to 1994. Then, in 1994, he joined the Sixth District Appellate Program as a staff attorney, a position he held for the next four years.

Weinstein joined the Judicial Council of California as a senior attorney in 1998. He practiced there for nine years, eventually leaving to spend a year serving as a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

After returning to the United States, Weinstein became a judicial staff attorney for the First District Court of Appeal. He held this position until his appointment to the bench in 2014.

Weinstein is registered as a Democrat.


J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law

B.S. from Boston University


Judicial Staff Attorney at First District Court of Appeal (2008 to 2014)

Visiting Professional at International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (2007 to 2007)

Senior Attorney at Judicial Council of California (1998 to 2007)

Staff Attorney at Sixth District Appellate Program (1994 to 1998)

Training Supervisor at Washington Appellate Defender Association (1990 to 1994)

Staff Attorney at Seattle-King County Public Defender Association in King County, Washington (1989 to 1990)

Deputy Public Defender at Office of the Public Defender in Santa Clara County, California (1987 to 1989)

Research Attorney at Superior Court of California in Santa Clara County, California (1986 to 1987)

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