Judge Trina Thompson
Immediate Past Presiding Judge
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Judge Trina Thompson is the Immediate Past Presiding Judge of the Alameda County Juvenile Court. She was first elected to the Alameda County Superior Court in November 2002 and sworn into office in January 2003. Prior to her appointment as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court in 2010, Judge Thompson presided over felony jury trials, adult truancy court, and was responsible, along with one of her colleagues, for managing the domestic violence calendar for Alameda County. In 2001, Judge Thompson was appointed as a Juvenile Court Commissioner, responsible for hearing juvenile delinquency and dependency matters. Additionally, she was chair of the Alameda County Educational Task Force for the juvenile court to ensure the education of state-raised children. Prior to her appointment as Court Commissioner, Judge Thompson managed a private criminal defense practice from 1991 to 2000, focusing on juvenile, misdemeanor, felony and capital defense trials, and served as a public defender in Alameda County from 1987 to 1991. Judge Thompson received a B.A. in Legal Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and graduated from UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.