The Honorable Shelleyanne W. L. Chang

Sacramento County Superior Court

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 1 (website)

Clerk phone: 916-874-5507

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Honorable Shelleyanne W. L. Chang is a judge for the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California. She was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis in December 2002 to succeed Harold Manson.

Since her appointment in December 2002, she has presided over criminal jury trials, civil law and motion, and felony arraignments. Previously Chang was the chief deputy legal affairs secretary for the California governor. She was one of the primary attorneys representing the state on Indian gaming issues and was one of four attorneys on the governor’s team that negotiated and drafted the Tribal-State Gaming Compacts with 61 Indian tribes in 1999.

Prior to that, Chang was a deputy attorney general. Chang also is chair of the Sacramento Superior Court Technology Committee.


  • Bachelor's from University of Washington
  • J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law


  • Judge at Superior Court of Sacramento County (from 2002)
  • Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary at Governor Gray Davis (1999 to 2002)
  • Deputy Attorney General at Department of Justice (1993 to 1999)