HANFORD — Valerie R. Chrissakis is now Kings County Superior Court's newest judge.

Kings County Superior Court Presiding Judge Donna Tarter announced Jan. 19 that Chrissakis had been sworn in to fill the judicial vacancy left by retired Judge James LaPorte.

Judge Thomas DeSantos administered the oath to Chrissakis in an investiture ceremony, where she was also presented her judge’s robe in a courtroom filled with her family and friends.

On Dec. 22, 2017, in a private ceremony, Chrissakis was sworn in by former Kings County Superior Court Presiding Judge Steven D. Barnes. Chrissakis assumed the bench in Department 8 on Jan. 2.

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Prior to her appointment, Chrissakis was employed as a staff attorney at the Kings County Superior Court since 2006. Tarter said whenever a tough question needed research, Chrissakis was the person to go to.

At the ceremony, Chrissakis thanked her husband and children, parents, extended family and colleagues at Kings County Superior Court for supporting her throughout her career.

She was an associate at the Farley Law Firm from 2001 to 2006, at Quadros and Johnson from 2000 to 2001 and at Farley, Seng, DeSantos and Green LLP from 1996 to 2000.

Chrissakis earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.

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