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Judicial Assignments

Current Assignments

Hon. Syda Cogliati
Presiding Judge

Hon. Jerry Bustos Vinluan
Assistant Presiding Judge

Santa Cruz

Department 1

Hon. Katherine Hansen
Misdemeanor, PACT Court, and Parole Re-Entry Court

Department 2

Vacant - Visiting Judge

Department 3

Hon. Denine Guy

Department 4

Hon. Leila Sayar
Criminal Domestic Violence, Felony, Misdemeanor, Behavioral Health Court

Department 5

Hon. Syda Cogliati
Civil, LPS, Unlawful Detainer cases, CEQA, Writ of Mandates, and Complex Litigation

Department 6

Hon. Nancy A. de la Peña

Department 7

Hon. Stephen Siegel
Felonies and Veterans Court

Department 10

Hon. Timothy Schmal
Civil, Petitions for Name or Gender Change, Probate

Comm. Gregory Peinado


Department A

Hon. Erika Ziegenhorn
Adoptions, Dependency, and Small Claims

Department B

Hon. Jerry Bustos Vinluan
Juvenile Justice, Misdemeanors/Traffic, and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Comm. Gregory Peinado

Department C

Hon. Rebecca Connolly
Family Law

Department D

Hon. Jordan Sheinbaum
Family Law and Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Comm. Gregory Peinado
Department of Child Support Services Cases, Family Preservation Court


Juvenile: Hon. Jerry Bustos Vinluan

Juvenile Justice Court

Other Judicial Assignments: 

Appellate Division: Hon. Syda Cogliati Presiding Judge, Hon. Timothy Schmal, Hon. Nancy de la Pena, and Hon. Jordan Sheinbaum. 

Grand Jury Supervising Judge: Hon. Katherine Hansen

Criminal Supervising Judge: Hon. Nancy de la Pena

Juvenile Presiding Judge: Hon. Jerry Bustos Vinluan