Commissioner Sue Alexander

commissioner alexander portraitHon. Sue Alexander
Commissioner, Superior Court of Alameda County

Current Term: Jan 2011–Sept 2014
Membership: Advisory member, appointed by Chief Justice Ronald M. George

Internal Committee: Executive and Planning Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Alpine, Amador, El Dorado and Glenn Counties; AOC Center for Families, Children & the Courts


Commissioner Alexander has served on the Superior Court of Alameda County since 1997 and has expertise in family law, domestic violence and civil harassment, elder abuse, and traffic and small claims. She has served as a member of the Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee, the Elkins Family Law Implementation Task Force, and the Family Law Curriculum Committee for the Governing Committee for the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). She served on the executive board of the California Judges Association (CJA) from 2007 to 2010, is on the CJA Foundation Board, and is a current board member of the California Court Commissioners Association. Before her appointment to the bench, Commissioner Alexander was a mental health hearing officer for Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. She was in private practice for 14 years, focusing on family law, probate, and estate planning and juvenile dependency. She is a certified specialist in both Family Law and Probate and Estate Planning. In 2012, she was named the State Bar Family Section’s Judicial Officer of the Year.


As part of the Judicial Council’s efforts to increase communication and transparency and promote accountability, council members serve as liaisons to the 58 trial courts and to the major service units of the Judicial Council staff. Members with updates present their reports at Judicial Council meetings, bringing fresh perspectives on the issues and challenges facing the judicial branch.

Liaison Report on San Luis Obispo, Apr  2016
Judge Buckley reports on his visit to San Luis Obispo Superior Court. San Luis Obispo is located on the coast, north of Santa Barbara and south of Monterey. It has a population of just over 275,000 and covers 3600 sq. miles. The judicial allocation is 13 judges and two commissioners. They currently have 3 judicial vacancies and they are all being covered by assigned judges, a program critical to the court. The court was second on the list for a new courthouse in the early 2000, they are now 50. Proposition 47 has had a tremendous impact on the court, and has put a strain on the court’s limited resources. Judge Buckley reports that the court is happy with their new case management system.

Amador County Superior Court liaison report by Commissioner Alexander 
Jul 21, 2014
Glenn County Superior Court liaison report by Commissioner Alexander
July 24, 2014
El Dorado County Superior Court liaison report by Commissioner Alexander
June 27, 2014
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