The Honorable Lillian K. Sing

San Francisco Superior Court

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San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)


The Hon. Lillian Kwok Sing is a retired judge of the San Francisco County Superior Court, California. After retiring from the bench, she continues to provide legal expertise as a mediator and arbitrator.

She started the first Drug Court which tremendously lessened the criminal dockets. She also served on the Domestic Violence Court.

Judge Sing is known for initiating the children’s waiting room at the courthouse. Judge Sing also advocated for satellite access centers to help residents file court forms, for the expansion of early-resolution and mediation services, and electronic filing.

Judge Sing has received various accolades for her exemplary achievements in the community: Civil Rights 2001 Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, San Francisco Chapter; Justice Award from Alice B. Toklas Club; Presiding Judge Award from Lawyers' Club of San Francisco; and the Trial Judge of the Year Award from San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. She was also honored as the First Asian American Woman Judge in Northern California by the Asian American Bar Association.


  • B.S. from Occidental College
  • J.D. from University of California


  • Judge at San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco, California
  • Trustee at Governing Board of San Francisco Community College in San Francisco, California
  • Commissioner at San Francisco Civil Service Commission in San Francisco, California
  • Commissioner at San Francisco Human Rights Commission in San Francisco, California
  • Attorney at San Francisco Public Defenders Office in San Francisco, California
  • Solo Practitioner at Law Office of Lillian K. Sing in San Francisco, California
  • Associate at Simmons, Ungar & Pohlmann Law Offices in San Francisco, California
  • Instructor/Counselor at English Language Center, San Francisco in San Francisco, California
  • Associate Director at Chinese Newcomers Service Center in San Francisco, California
  • Social Worker at Big Brothers in San Francisco, California