Stephen Vincent Manley, Jr. (b. 1941) is a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County, California and is a founder of the Mental Health Treatment Court in that county. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the use of "problem-solving" drug courts and mental health courts.

Education: Manley earned his B.A. (majoring in behavioral sciences) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his LL.B. from Stanford Law School in 1966.

First appointed to the California superior courts by Governor Jerry Brown in 1977, he became a Superior Court judge in 1998. In 1996, Manley founded the Drug Treatment Court in Santa Clara County and in 1998 he founded the Santa Clara County Mental Health Treatment Court. Manley has been a noted commentator on California's Proposition 47, enacted in 2015, which reduces many drug offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. Manley travels to other counties in the State and other States in the USA, presenting training for local mental health boards and commissions. In 2015, Manley sentenced Michael Tyree who later died in a Santa Clara County jail, having been killed by guards who were soon arrested. As of 2016, Manley presided at Department 64 at the Terraine Courthouse in San Jose, California. In his court, Manley is known for the patch he wears over an eye injured years ago. He is known for his habit of hugging defendants when they "graduate" from his court. In August 2016, his court was moved, along with other personell to the Family Justice Center Courthouse 201 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113 (West of St. James Park) Department 61: Honorable Stephen V. Manley Courtroom Clerk (408) 491-4840 Court Reporter: (408) 491-4845 The rather cuddly Honorable Shawna Schwarz is right nearby in Department 68 .

Awards: In 2008, California Courts Review awarded Manley their Chief Justice's Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership for his contributions in developing drug and mental health courts. In 2013, Manley received the Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service from the American Psychiatric Association for demonstrated distinguished leadership in his pioneering work in mental health courts. In 2015, Santa Clara County honored Manley as an "Elected Official Hero" and as the "nation’s premier mental health court judge."

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Last updated: December 28, 2016

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