Public defender Sonny Sandhu may be first Sikh to become California superior court judge

I am incredibly honoured to be the first Asian-American serving on the bench and perhaps the first person of the Sikh faith to serve on the bench - SONNY S SANDHU

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Sonny Singh Sandhu and his son – Photo courtesy of Sonny Facebook page

Sonny Singh Sandhu, a US-born lawyer and public defender, will next be next judge in the Stanislaus Superior Court.

His appointment as a California superior court judge marks yet another milestone for the Asian-American and the Sikh community.

“I am incredibly honoured to be the first Asian-American serving on the bench and perhaps the first person of the Sikh faith to serve on the bench,” Sonny told Modbee.com. “Diversity on the bench ensures all members of the community are served.”

The 40-year old legal eagle was one of the 33 California superior court judges announced by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Oct 11.

Prior to this, Sonny spent the last 15 years as at the Stanislaus Public Defender’s Office, the country where he was born.

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He has served as the public defender of Stanislaus County since 2017. Before that, he served in several positions at the Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2017, including chief deputy public defender and deputy public defender.

“I have had the privilege of working in this office since September 2003. Many of our lawyers have dedicated their entire legal career to representing indigent clients and I am honoured to be the Public Defender of Stanislaus County,” he said in a statement shared i

He earned a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a double major in Psychology and Asian American Studies.

Presiding Judge Ricardo Córdova said Sandhu is a well-respected member of the legal community in this county.

“He is known for his high degree of professionalism and commitment to his clients. Governor Brown made an excellent decision when he appointed Mr. Sandhu to the bench,” Córdova told Modbee.

Sonny and the other newly appointed judges will receive an annual compensation of US$200,042, according to the governor’s statement. It also added that Sonny is a Democrat.

Sonny Singh Sandhu

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