James Gray

James Gray
  • Discipline: Judge
  • Organization: Superior Court of Orange County

James P. Gray is Judge of the Superior Court in Orange County, California, and is the author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It – A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs (Temple University Press, 2001).

Judge Gray was appointed by Governor Deukmejian to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in December 1983. He was elevated by Governor Deukmejian to the Orange County Superior Court in July 1989, where he received awards as the 1992 “Judge of the Year” by the business litigation section of the Orange County Bar Association, the 1995 “Judge of the Year” by the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation, and an honorary doctor of jurisprudence degree from Western State University College of Law.

From 1972 until 1975, Judge Gray was a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney for the U.S. Navy JAG Corps at the naval air stations in Guam and Lemoore, California. While in the service, he was awarded national defense, Vietnam service, and combat action ribbons.

Judge Gray received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in 1966 and his law degree from USC in 1971. He served with the Peace Corps in Palmar Norte, Costa Rica, from 1966 to 1968. Judge Gray also served as a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles for more than three years.

Judge Gray is married to Grace Walker Gray, has four children, including an adopted Vietnamese son, is a member of the Methodist Church, and lives in Newport Beach, California. He is the composer of the high school musical “Americans All.”