Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian

Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian

Associate Justice
Since 1989

Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian was appointed to the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, by Governor George Deukmejian and was confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on October 16, 1989.


  • University of California, Los Angeles (1972)Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Psychology
  • University of Southern California (1974)Masters Degree in Public Administration
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (1977)Juris Doctor Degree
  • University of Southern California (1989)Ph.D. in Public Administration

Judicial and Professional History

  • Associate Justice of the California Court of AppealSixth Appellate District (1989-present)
  • Acting Administrative Presiding Justice of the California Court of AppealSixth Appellate District (September 2001 to January 2003)
  • Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court (1988-1989)
  • Family Law Supervising Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court (1989)
  • Judge of the Santa Clara County Municipal Court (1985-1988)
  • Judge of the Orange County Municipal Court (1983-1985)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney's Office (1977-1983)Assignments included: homicide, career criminal, juvenile, writs and appeals, felonies and misdemeanors
  • University of Southern California Graduate School of Public Administration (1973-1977)

Professional and Educational Activities

  • California Judicial Council (1990-1993)
  • Chair of the Appellate Court Security Committee (1993-present)
  • Court Emergency Response and Security Task Force (2007-2012)
  • Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council (2004-2009)
  • Appellate Justices Education Committee, Member (2000-2006), Chair (2005-2006)
  • Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Appellate Courts Committee (2004-2005)
  • Chair of the Planning Committee for the Supreme Court Special Oral Argument Session in San Jose (2003)
  • Administrative Presiding Justices Advisory Committee (2001-2003)
  • Chair of the Probation Services Task Force (2000-2003)
  • Appellate Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council (1996-2000)
  • Governing Committee of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Member (1994-1997), Chair (1997)
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Jury System Improvement (1996)
  • California Judges Association: Education Planning and Coordinating CommitteeMember (1990-1993), Chair (1992-1993)
  • California Judicial College FacultyJudicial Leadership (1991)Advanced Criminal Procedure Before Trial (1987-1990)Seminar Leader (1986)
  • Orange County Shortstop Juvenile Justice Diversion Program (1980-1983)
  • Santa Clara University Law School, Trial Techniques Faculty (1985-1988)
  • Judge, Moot Court Competitions:Santa Clara University Law SchoolMonterey College of Law Heisler Moot Court Competition (1992, 2008, 2011)Santa Clara County Bar Association High School Mock Trial TournamentSt. Nicholas Grammar School Seventh Grade Moot Court
  • Stanford Law School, Advocacy Skills Workshop
  • California Community College Instructor Credential in Public Services and Administration (1976)
  • Judicial Externship Program, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District
  • Mentor Judge, William A. Ingram Inn of the American Inns of Court
  • Lecturer: Appellate and Writ Practice; Criminal, Civil and Juvenile Law and Procedure
  • Book Review, America's First Woman Lawyer, The Biography of Myra Bradwell (1995) 35 Santa Clara Law Review 1107

Professional Associations

  • California Judges Association
  • California Women Lawyers (Life Member)
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association (1985-present)
  • Orange County Bar Association (1977-1985)
  • William A. Ingram Inn of the American Inns of CourtPresident (2006-2008)Executive Committee (current member)
  • St. Thomas More SocietyPresident (2004-2005)Board of Directors (current member)
  • St. Francis High School, Mountain ViewBoard of Directors (2007-2013)

Honors and Awards

  • Jurist of the Year (2005)Judicial Council of California
  • The Rose Bird Memorial Award (2013)California Women Lawyers
  • Honorable Robert Beresford History AwardFor Outstanding Historical Achievements as a Woman Lawyer and Judge (2007)Bench and Bar Historical Society of Santa Clara County
  • Bernard E. Jefferson Education Award (1995)California Judges Association
  • St. Thomas More Award (1992)St. Thomas More Society
  • Judge of the Year (1985)Orange County Narcotics Officers Association
  • Henry Reining Administrative Achievement Award (1976)University of Southern California

Personal Information

  • Justice Bamattre-Manoukian and her husband Pete have three wonderful sons
  • Enjoys family activities, sporting events, UCLA and St. Francis High School football, UC Davis lacrosse
  • Teaches and mentors students from elementary school through law school and young lawyers
  • Teaches and participates in court and community outreach programs to educate the public about the work of the courts and the legal system