NorCal’s first Filipino judge announces his retirement

Northern California’s first Filipino American judge has announced he will be retiring.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ronald Quidachay served on the bench for 40 years.

Known to many as “Judge Q,” Quidachay was appointed back in 1983 by Governor Jerry Brown to the San Francisco’s municipal court, and was elevated to Superior Court in 1998.

Presiding Judge Teri L. Jackson said in a statement, “As the first judge of Filipino descent to be appointed in northern California, his contributions and dedication to the judicial branch and particularly the San Francisco courts are unparalleled.”

Quidachay’s accomplishments include the opening of San Francisco’s first courthouse building, and the launching of the city’s housing court amid rising evictions. He has also been a teacher and mentor to many judges throughout California and nationwide.

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