Commissioner Ayana Young — Department 54

Biographical Information

  • Education: San Francisco State University BA in Liberal Studies;  John F. Kennedy School of Law JD
  • Pre-bench Legal Experience: Solo-practitioner practicing in the areas of Personal Injury, Employment Law; violations of the DFEH and EEOC, Estate Planning, Family Law and several other areas of civil law; Attorney III with the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services

 

Judicial Experience

2021-present- Commissioner Contra Costa County Superior Court- presiding over Traffic trials, Traffic arraignments, Unlawful Detainer matters, Small Claims matters, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders and Misdemeanor arraignments.

 

Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities

2019-2021- Pro Tem Judge- Contra Costa and Solano Counties

2016-2018- Parent Representative- African American Parent Group WCCUSD

2016-2017- PTA President – Stewart School WCCUSD

2015-2019 Board President- Coventry Home Owner’s Association

 

Courtroom Policies

Rules from bench except in Small Claims cases

Prefers in person hearings and trials

Preference for parties to engage in mediation prior to trial

 

Typical weekly schedule

Monday
AM: Domestic Violence Restraining Orders – Richmond
PM: Traffic Trials, Arraignments and Small Claims – Richmond

Tuesday
AM: Traffic Trials and Arraignments – Walnut Creek
PM: Traffic Trials, Arraignments and Unlawful Detainer matters- Richmond

Wednesday
AM: Misdemeanor Arraignments- Richmond
PM: DUI Arraignments- Richmond

Thursday
AM:  Traffic Trials and Arraignments – Walnut Creek
PM: Traffic Trials, Arraignments and Unlawful Detainer matters- Richmond

Friday
AM: Traffic Trials and Arraignments – Walnut Creek
PM: Traffic Trials, Arraignments and Small Claims – Richmond

 

Teleconferencing

Zoom and telephonic appearance upon written request

 

Briefs

Conciseness and headings appreciated

 

Discovery

Per code