For Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Nicole Virga Bautista

Executive Director


May 6, 20243

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Khymberli S. Apaloo

Elected 2024-2025 CJA President

SACRAMENTO (May 6, 2024): San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Khymberli S. Apaloo has been named 2024-2025 President of the California Judges Association (CJA). Judge Apaloo was elected President during the CJA Executive Board Meeting on May 3 in Indian Wells.


Judge Apaloo has served as a San Bernardino Commissioner and Judge for over twelve years. She has been named the Judicial Officer of the Year by Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, she received the Legendary Champions of Justice Award from the California Association of Black Lawyers, and received the Access to Justice Award from the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino. In addition, she was presented with the Heroes of the Inland Empire Award from the Order of the Eastern Star.


Judge Apaloo has been actively involved in CJA since 2017 and joined the Board of Directors in 2022. Her service to CJA has included serving as Vice President, Co-chairing the organization’s Elimination of Bias and Inequity in the Justice System Committee and serving as Chair of the Court Administration and Technology Committee, in addition to several other leadership positions. She has also actively been involved in CJA’s Judicial Fairness Coalition, which works to address attacks on judicial independence.

“I feel deeply connected to CJA’s mission, and the people we serve,” said Judge Apaloo. “It is a true honor to serve in this role, and I am committed to working with my peers across the state to further our mission and better serve California’s citizens.”

In addition to Judge Apaloo’s election, Judge Tony Cho, Los Angeles Superior Court, and Judge Jeffrey C. Kauffman, Solano County Superior Court, were elected to serve as CJA Vice Presidents for 2024-2025, and Riverside Superior Court Judge Jennifer R. Gerard was elected Secretary/Treasurer. All officers will be sworn in at CJA’s Annual Meeting this fall in San Jose.

The California Judges Association has over 2300 members and is one of the largest organizations of judicial officers in the country. CJA is dedicated to promoting judicial excellence to achieve fair, impartial and equal justice for all through education, ethics, inclusivity, outreach and advocacy.



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