For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Nicole Virga Bautista
Executive Director

December 20, 2022
Sacramento, CA – Judge Roger Chan of the San Francisco Superior Court has been named the Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year for 2022 by the Juvenile Court Judges of California, a section of the California Judges Association during their virtual Annual Meeting on December 15, 2022.

Judge Roger Chan is a judge of the Superior Court of San Francisco County. He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016. Throughout his judicial career he has made substantial contributions to juvenile court judges statewide. Judge Chan has been the backbone of JCJC’s legislative efforts to ensure that legislation passed by the legislature has been reviewed by our organization and will benefit the operation of our juvenile courts. He has monitored every legislative proposal that might have an impact on our juvenile courts and worked with our legislative team so that the voice of our state’s juvenile court judges is heard in Sacramento. He has given the juvenile justice legal update the past three years, provided an important update on the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Secure Track, and given all judges a thorough understanding of SB 823 and DJJ Realignment. He has made several presentations to judges from the Peoples Republic of China, both personally in China and in online conferences. He is an active member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court judges. He is admired by his colleagues as a dedicated judge committed to improving outcomes for the children and families appearing in his court and throughout the state.

The Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year is presented annually by juvenile court judges to a California juvenile court judge who exemplifies innovative dedication to California’s youth. Judge Sweeney was a longtime advocate of finding alternatives to detention centers for juveniles, such as rehabilitation and counseling, thus this award is presented to a judge who exhibits the same dedication as exemplified by Judge Sweeney.