Judge Teri L. Jackson


Judge JAckson PortraitHon. Teri L. JacksonJudge, Superior Court of San Francisco County

Term: Sept 2010–Sept 2014 (term has expired)
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye




Judge Jackson has served on the San Francisco bench since September 2002. Judge Jackson is currently the supervising judge for litigation involving asbestos and the California Environment Quality Act. She is also the supervising judge for the Criminal Grand Jury. She served on the court’s Appellate Division from 2009 to 12. Before her appointment to the bench, she worked for a San Francisco law firm, specializing in complex litigation, employee defense, real estate, trade secrets, and white-collar defense trials before state and federal courts (1997–2002). She was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, first in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office (1981–1984) and later in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (1984–1997). She serves as an adjunct law professor at both Hastings College of the Law and the the University of San Francisco School of Law.  Judge Jackson was appointed in 2010 to the Judicial Council as an advisory member, becoming a voting member in 2011. She served on the council’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee (2010–2011) and was a member of the council’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions (2009–2010). She also served on a special team of assigned judges that helped reduce the criminal case backlog in Riverside County (2007–2008).


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 Jackson reports on the Superior Court of San Mateo County
Apr 25, 2013
Judge Jackson highlights the impact of budget reductions, which include reduced staff, reduced services, and court closures. The court must close its northern branch, which means prospective jurors will have to travel two hours to Redwood City. The court is also laying off all but two of its commissioners. Judge Jackson also reports on the court's concerns about the new funding methodology for trial courts.

Judge Jackson reports on the Superior Courts of San Benito, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties
Jan 22, 2013
Judge Jackson reports on her conversations with court leaders in three courts, providing details on the many ongoing challenges facing each court.

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