Chinese immigrants at Angel Island


Legal History of Asian American Pacific Islander Experience in California

See this interactive timeline to learn about historic jurists and landmark state and federal court cases and legislation impacting Asian American Pacific Islander civil rights in California
May 2, 2024

The state judicial branch's strategic plan includes the goal of Access, Fairness, Diversity, and Inclusion, where "The makeup of California’s judicial branch will reflect the diversity of the state’s residents."

According to the Judicial Council’s latest annual judicial demographics report, the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has slowly increased over the last 18 years. As of Dec. 31, 2023, Asian Americans made up 9.8% of judges in California, compared to 4.4% in 2006, while Pacific Islanders made up 0.3% of judges in California, compared to 0.1% in 2006.

This May, California courts and the Judicial Council of California join the nation in recognizing Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

If you are not able to view the timeline below, click here.