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Judge Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.)

~ legal innovator ~ author ~ international speaker ~

Superior Court of California
P.O. Box 5246
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

judgehora@judgehora.com | www.judgehora.com

Judge Peggy Fulton Hora retired from the California Superior Court after serving 21 years.  She had a criminal assignment that included presiding over the Drug Treatment Court.  She is a former dean of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College of California and has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College over 15 years.  She is a recipient of the Bernard S. Jefferson Judicial Education Award from the California Judges’ Association and winner of the Rose Bird Award from California Women Lawyers. Judge Hora is a Senior Judicial Fellow for the National Drug Court Institute. 

Judge Hora has lectured nationally and internationally and has written extensively on justice issues.  The appellate court and over 100 journals and law reviews have cited her work.  She is a 2009 Thinker in Residence appointed by the Premier of South Australia.  She will work on therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice issues for the government in Adelaide this year.


Interview, "Law as Therapy: What Impact Do Drug Courts Have on Judges?" Journal of Court Innovation, 1(1), by Robert V. Wolf.  PDF/Website 

New: Smart Justice Thinkers in Residence from Adelaide, South  Australia

Video Interview: Judge Hora talks about her path to the bench, and broader options in treatment that led to rapid change in the legal system. Click here.

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