Judge Allan Hardcastle

Term Served: Sept 2012–Sept 2013

portrait judge hardcastleHon. Allan D. Hardcastle
Judge, Superior Court of Sonoma County

Membership: Advisory member as elected President of the California Judges Association

Internal Committee: Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Lake and Mendocino Counties; AOC Center for Judiciary Education and Research




Judge Hardcastle was elected 81st President of the California Judges Association (CJA) by the group’s Executive Board. His one-year term began  Oct 14, 2012. Judge Hardcastle was appointed to the bench in 1997 and has served in every division of his court except for Family Law. He has been the supervising judge of both the Criminal and Civil divisions and Assistant Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He currently presides over a juvenile delinquency department and is the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division. Judge Hardcastle is an adjunct professor of law at the Empire College of the Law, teaching Evidence. Prior to his appointment to the bench he was a managing partner in the civil litigation firm Babin, Seeger and Hardcastle. Judge Hardcastle retired from the U.S. Army in 2002 as an LTC after 23 years of service, including work in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific (1977) and received his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law (1979).


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.

Judge Hardcastle reports on the Superior Court of Lake County
Jan 18, 2013

Judge Hardcastle reports on the Superior Court of Mendocino County
Mar 5, 2013

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