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Judging the Judges November 2020

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Judging the Judges November 2020

If you are a registered voter in the County of Los Angeles, you have likely received your Official Vote by Mail Balloting Material Packet for the upcoming November 3rd 2020 General Election. If you haven't received it you should contact the Los Angeles County Registrar or go to lavote.net.

Along with those running for political office, there is also a list of judicial candidates. The Los Angeles County Bar Association rates each judge and posts the ratings on the LA County Bar Association website. Many factors are evaluated by the LA County Bar before arriving at a rating. Their ratings are listed at the bottom of this post but you can access the final report produced by the LA County Bar Association Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee by clicking here clicking here

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In 2020, there are 9 candidates seeking to be seated as a Superior Court judge. The LA Progressive recommendations are as follows:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, JUDGE OF SUPERIOR COURT

Office 42  Linda L. Sun

Office 72  Myanna Dellinger

Office 76 Emily Cole

Office 80 Klint James McKay

Office 97 Sherry Lynn Powell

Office 129 Kenneth M. Fuller

Office 145 Troy Slaten

Office 150 Tom Parsekian

Office 162 Caree Harper

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There are other sites that provide information about sitting judges. The Robing Room is one such site. It provides a platform for people to rate judges. It does not offer information on candidates running for a judicial seat but it does offer insight into the performance of sitting judges across the country.

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As mentioned, each of the candidates running in the judicial race in Los Angeles County are rated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). The LA County Bar convenes an election evaluation committee that works with the LACBA staff to publicize the evaluations made by the committee.

The LA Progressive provides this information as a service to our readers. In no way should our posting of the LACBA evaluation report be interpreted to mean that we either approve or disapprove of their methods.

It is now a widely accepted belief that we have a two-tiered justice system. It is racist, it is broken and it must be fundamentally transformed. A step in the direction of transformation would be to include a rigorous evaluation of judicial candidate's incorporation of restorative justice practices.

The Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee does not indicate if this is one of the factors evaluated in their report. This is how they characterize their rankings:

Exceptionally Well Qualified - To be “Exceptionally Well Qualified,” the candidate must possess qualities and attributes considered to be of remarkable or extraordinary superiority so the candidate is deemed fit to perform the judicial function with distinction.

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Well Qualified - To be “Well Qualified,” the candidate must possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of superior fitness to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness.

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Qualified - To be “Qualified,” the candidate must possess professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily.

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Not Qualified - To be “Not Qualified,” the candidate lacks one or more of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity, and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily.

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Judging the Judges November 2020

Superior Court Evaluations

Having completed its investigations and deliberations, the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee reported its final evaluations for the candidates for the Los Angeles Superior Court offices as follows:

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November 2020 General Election Candidates for Los Angeles Superior Court

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 42
Linda L. Sun…………………………………Qualified
Robert ‘Bob’ Villa………………………..Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 72
Myanna Dellinger ……………………….Not Qualified
Robert F. Jacobs…………………………Qualified
Steve Morgan……………………………..Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 76
Emily Cole …………………………………..Qualified
Judge Mike Cummins …………………Not Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 80
David A. Berger…………………………..Qualified
Klint James McKay ……………………..Well Qualified
Nick C. Rini………………………………….Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 97
Sherry L. Powell……………………………Qualified
Timothy D. Reuben ……………………..Well Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 129
Kenneth M. Fuller ………………………..Qualified
Mark MacCarley…………………………Qualified
Bruce A. Moss……………………………..Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 145
Adan Montalban………………………..Qualified
Troy Slaten…………………………………..Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 150
Manuel Alejandro Almada…………Qualified
Sherri Onica Valle Cole………………Not Qualified
Tom Parsekian…………………………Qualified

SUPERIOR COURT OFFICE NO. 162
David D. Diamond……………………Well Qualified
Caree Annette Harper……………….Not Qualified
Scott Andrew Yang…………………..Well Qualified

The 1,535 judges of the California Superior Courts compete in nonpartisan races in even-numbered years. If a candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary election, he or she is declared the winner; if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff between the top two candidates is held during the November general election.

If an incumbent judge is running unopposed in an election, his or her name does not appear on the ballot. The judge is automatically re-elected following the general election.

The chief judge of any given superior court is selected by peer vote of the court's members. He or she serves in that capacity for one or two years, depending on the county.

Qualifications
Candidates are required to have 10 years of experience as a law practitioner or as a judge of a court of record.

https://ballotpedia.org/California_local_trial_court_judicial_elections,_2020

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