On Thursday, March 25, Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, announced the appointment of Armenian-American Isabel Apkarian as a judge in the Orange County Superior Court, per the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom.
Apkarian, 44, of Newport Beach, has served as a Commissioner at the Orange County Superior Court since 2021.
She served as Senior Deputy Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2020. She was a Budget Management Research Analyst in the Orange County Executive’s Office from 1998 to 1999.
Apkarian earned a Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Franz E. Miller. Apkarian is a Democrat.
Apkarian is among the 18 California superior court judges appointed by Governor Newsom, which include one in Fresno County, four in Los Angeles County, one in Monterey County, two in Orange County, four in Sacramento County, two in San Bernardino County, one in San Joaquin County, one in Santa Clara County, one in Sonoma County and one in Stanislaus County.