The Honorable Thang Nguyen Barrett

Santa Clara County Superior Court

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Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 21 (website)

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Hon. Thang Nguyen Barrett is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. Thang Nguyen Barrett the first Vietnamese American on the California Municipal Court and the first Vietnamese American to serve on a Superior Court in California.

Judge Barrett was only 36 when he was appointed to the Santa Clara County Municipal Court on February 1997.

After graduating from law school, he taught law at several Northern California institutions.

Barrett was born in Vietnam but he spent his early years in Laos because his father was a ranking Official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Consul to Laos.


  • J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1988)


  • Judge at Santa Clara County Municipal Court in Santa Clara County (1997 to 1998)
  • Prosecutor at Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in Santa Clara County (1989 to 1997)
  • Research Attorney at San Francisco County Superior Court (1988 to 1989)