Know Your Superior Court Judge: Amy Hogue

Judge Amy Hogue is a Superior Court Judge for the state of California who was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2002. Judge Hogue filled a vacancy by the late Judge Stephen O’Neil.

In 2010, Hogue defeated a write-in candidate in the general election and ran unopposed in the 2016 general elections.


Judge Hogue received her B.A. from Duke University. She attended Cambridge University as a Fullbright Scholar before going on to earn her J.D. at Duke University School of Law in 1979.

After graduating law school, Hogue joined the law firm of Lillick, McHose, and Charles. She mainly focused on litigating media cases. Some of her clients were Tom Cruise and Kareem Abdul-Jabar. She was named a senior partner of her firm prior to being appointed Superior Court Judge.

Despite being a Fullbright Scholar and a Duke Law graduate, Judge Hogue has had her fair share of struggles as a judge with many people who go before her in court commenting that she is not up to the task of being a judge.

While attending law school, Amy Hogue published one article for the Loyola Law Review. The article “Chilled Bird: Freedom of Expression in the Eighties” is an analysis of the threat to freedom of expression during the 1980s.

Notable Court Cases

In 2017, Judge Amy Hogue ruled on a controversial project on Laurel Canyon Boulevard which halted the development of a 178-foot tower designed by a world-renowned architect. Judge Amy Hogue ruled against Los Angeles when she stated: “the city council abused its discretion and violated state law by approving the demolition of a historic resource.”

In a 2015 case, Judge Amy Hogue denied penalizing Sears Holding Corp. for keeping a maintenance worker employed after management knew he spied on the store dressing rooms for years.

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