California Supreme Court Justices

Chronological Listing  |  Alphabetical Listing


Chief Justice | Years Served

S. Clinton Hastings:    January 1850–January 1852

Henry A. Lyons:    January 1852–March 1852

Hugh C. Murray:    March 1852–September 1857

David S. Terry:    October 1857–September 1859

Stephen J. Field:    September 1859–May 1863

W. W. Cope:    May 1863–January 1864

Silas W. Sanderson:    January 1864–January 1866

John Currey:    January 1866–January 1868

Lorenzo Sawyer:    January 1868–January 1870

Augustus L. Rhodes:    January 1870–January 1872

Royal T. Sprague:    January 1872–February 1872

William T. Wallace:    February 1872–November 1879

Robert F. Morrison:    November 1879–March 1887

Niles Searls:    April 1887–January 1889

William H. Beatty:    January 1889–August 1914

Matt I. Sullivan:    August 1914–January 1915

Frank M. Angellotti:    January 1915–November 1921

Lucien Shaw:    November 1921–January 1923

Curtis D. Wilbur:    January 1923–March 1924

Louis W. Myers:    March 1924–January 1926

William H. Waste:    January 1926–June 1940

Phil S. Gibson:    June 1940–August 1964

Roger J. Traynor:    September 1964–February 1970

Donald R. Wright:    April 1970–February 1977

Rose Elizabeth Bird:    March 1977–January 1987

Malcolm M. Lucas:    February 1987–April 1996

Ronald M. George:    May 1996–January 2011

Tani Cantil-Sakauye:    January 2011-Present


Justice | Years Served

S. Clinton Hastings:    January 1850–January 1852 *

Henry A. Lyons:    December 1849–March 1852 *

Nathaniel Bennett:    December 1849–October 1851

Hugh C. Murray:    October 1851–September 1857 *

Solomon Heydenfeldt:    January 1852–January 1857

Alexander Anderson:    April 1852–January 1853

Alexander Wells:    January 1853–October 1854

Charles H. Bryan:    November 1854–November 1855

David S. Terry:    November 1855–September 1859 *

Peter H. Burnett:    January 1857–October 1858

Stephen J. Field:    October 1857–May 1863 *

Joseph G. Baldwin:    October 1858–January 1862

W. W. Cope:    September 1859–January 1864 *

Edward Norton:    November 1861–January 1864

E. B. Crocker:    May 1863–January 1864

Silas W. Sanderson:    January 1864–January 1870 *

John Currey:    January 1864–January 1868 *

Lorenzo Sawyer:    January 1864–January 1870 *

Augustus L. Rhodes:    January 1864–January 1872 *

Oscar L. Shafter:    January 1864–December 1867

Royal T. Sprague:    January 1868–February 1872 *

Joseph B. Crockett:    December 1867–January 1880

William T. Wallace:    December 1869–November 1879 *

Jackson Temple:    Jan 1870–Jan 1872 / Dec 1886–Jun 1889 / Jan 1895–Dec 1902

Addison C. Niles:    January 1872–January 1880

Issac S. Belcher:    March 1872–January 1874

E. W. McKinstry:    January 1874–October 1888

Robert F. Morrison:    November 1879-March 1887 *

Erskine M. Ross:    January 1880–October 1886

John R. Sharpstein:    January 1880–December 1892

Samuel Bell McKee:    January 1880–December 1887

Milton H. Myrick:    January 1880–January 1887

James D. Thornton:    January 1880–January 1891

A. Van R. Paterson:    January 1887–April 1894

Thomas B. McFarland:    January 1887–September 1908

Niles Searls:    April 1887–January 1889 *

John D. Works:    October 1888–January 1891

William H. Beatty:    January 1889–August 1914 *

Charles N. Fox:    June 1889–January 1891

John J. DeHaven:    January 1891–January 1895

Charles H. Garoutte:    January 1891–January 1903

Ralph C. Harrison:    January 1891–January 1903

William F. Fitzgerald:  January 1893–January 1895

W. C. Van Fleet:    April 1894–January 1899

Frederick W. Henshaw:    January 1895–January 1918

Walter Van Dyke:    January 1899–December 1905

Frank M. Angellotti:    January 1903–November 1921 *

Lucien Shaw:    January 1903–January 1923 *

William G. Lorigan:    January 1903–January 1919

M. C. Sloss:    February 1906–February 1919

Henry A. Melvin:    September 1908–April 1920

Matt I. Sullivan:    August 1914–January 1915 *

William P. Lawlor:    January 1915–July 1926

Curtis D. Wilbur:    January 1918–March 1924 *

Thomas J. Lennon:    January 1919–August 1926

Warren Olney, Jr.:    March 1919–July 1921

William A. Sloane:    May 1920–December 1922

Charles A. Shurtleff:    July 1921–December 1922

William H. Waste:    November 1921–June 1940 *

Terry W. Ward:  December 1922–January 1923

Frank H. Kerrigan:    January 1923–February 1924

Emmet Seawell:    January 1923–July 1939

Louis W. Myers:    January 1923–January 1926 *

John E. Richards:    February 1924–June 1932

John W. Shenk:    April 1924–August 1959

Jesse W. Curtis:    January 1926–January 1945

Frank G. Finlayson:    October 1926–December 1926

Jeremiah F. Sullivan:    November 1926–January 1927

John W. Preston:    December 1926–October 1935

William H. Langdon:    January 1927–August 1939

Ira F. Thompson:    December 1932–August 1937

Nathaniel P. Conrey:    October 1935–November 1936

Douglas L. Edmonds:    November 1936–December 1955

Frederick W. Houser:    September 1937–October 1942

Jesse W. Carter:    September 1939–March 1959

Phil S. Gibson:    September 1939–August 1964 *

Roger J. Traynor:    August 1940–February 1970 *

B. Rey Schauer:    December 1942–September 1964

Homer R. Spence:  January 1945–June 1960

Marshall F. McComb:    January 1956–May 1977

Raymond E. Peters:    March 1959–January 1973

Thomas P. White:    August 1959–October 1962

Maurice T. Dooling, Jr.:    June 1960–June 1962

Mathew O. Tobriner:    July 1962–January 1982

Paul Peek:    December 1962–December 1966

Stanley Mosk:    September 1964–June 2001

Louis H. Burke:    November 1964–November 1974

Raymond L. Sullivan:    December 1966–January 1977

Donald R. Wright:    April 1970–February 1977 *

William P. Clark, Jr.:    March 1973–March 1981

Frank K. Richardson:    December 1974–December 1983

Wiley W. Manuel:    March 1977–January 1981

Rose Elizabeth Bird:    March 1977–January 1987 *

Frank C. Newman:    July 1977–December 1982

Otto M. Kaus:    July 1981–October 1985

Allen E. Broussard:    July 1981–August 1991

Cruz Reynoso:    February 1982–January 1987

Joseph R. Grodin:    December 1982–January 1987

Malcolm M. Lucas:    April 1984–April 1996 *

Edward A. Panelli:    December 1985–January 1994

John A. Arguelles:    March 1987–March 1989

David N. Eagleson:    March 1987–January 1991

Marcus M. Kaufman:    March 1987–January 1990

Joyce L. Kennard:    April 1989–April 2014

Armand Arabian:    March 1990–February 1996

Marvin R. Baxter:    January 1991–Januray 2015

Ronald M. George:    September 1991–2011 *

Kathryn M. Werdegar:    June 1994–Present

Ming W. Chin:    March 1996–Present

Janice R. Brown:    May 1996–June 2005

Carlos R. Moreno:    October 2001–February 2011

Carol A. Corrigan:    January 2006–Present

Tani Cantil-Sakauye:    January 2011–Present *

Goodwin Liu:    August 2011–Present

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar:    January 2015–Present

Leondra R. Kruger:    January 2015–Present

* Also served as Chief Justice of California. See Chief Justices of California listing for length of service as Chief Justice.

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