The Honorable Sunshine S. Sykes

Riverside County Superior Court

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Riverside County Superior Court, Department 6 (website)

Clerk phone: (951) 777-3067

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Hon. Sunshine S. Sykes is a judge for the Superior Court of Riverside County in California. She is the first Native American ever appointed to this court.

The daughter of a Navajo mother, Sykes was born on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Tuba City, Arizona.

She has a strong interest in juvenile court and child welfare.


  • J.D. from Stanford Law School
  • B.A. from Stanford University


  • Deputy county counsel at Riverside County Office of County Counsel in Riverside County (2005 to 2013)
  • Contract attorney at Juvenile Defense Panel (2003 to 2005)
  • Staff attorney/Equal Justice Works fellow at California Indian Legal Services (2001 to 2003)