In Memoriam: Commissioner Judith Sanders

Commissioner Judith Sanders obituaryJudith Sanders served as Contra Costa Superior Court’s Discovery Commissioner for 23 years before her retirement in 2012. She also presided over a wide range of other Civil matters, including all Civil ex parte motions, Civil Harassment TROs and many other Civil matters.

Commissioner Sanders was a valued member of the bench, both for her skill in handling her difficult calendar and for her engaging personality. She was well liked and respected by her colleagues and staff, as well as by the countless attorneys that appeared in her court. Following her retirement, Commissioner Sanders went on to regularly volunteer with the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services Clinic, where she helped vulnerable elders obtain restraining orders against their abusers. She also volunteered for the Contra Costa County Law Library’s Lawyer in the Library clinic.

Colleagues at the clinic and Law Library staff remember her enthusiasm, dedication, intelligence, and willingness to take the extra step to ensure a self-represented litigant received the help they needed. The Hon. Judith Sander’s commitment to Contra Costa County will be greatly missed.