Our judicial bench should reflect people of diverse legal backgrounds, especially attorneys who have experience working within our communities and courts, like public defenders. Public defenders and civil rights lawyers have seen the ways that our current judicial system fails multiple parties.
This looks like judges who will connect people to resources and services, support them in the difficult processes of custody, civil disputes, traffic laws, and more. Judges who are not beholden to police unions will also be more fair and transparent on the bench.
Judges all have to start somewhere, but their careers can reach our highest courts in the nations. Choosing judges who will not impede the rights of women and other groups is vital to ensuring that collective rights are not jeopardized in the court of law.
Before these four attorneys decided to run for judge, judicial elections in LA County were categorically low-information. Often, people didn’t know anything about those candidates, so they left it blank. If they did research, looking up candidates would lead to dead ends, leaving folks feeling more confused. Voters also had limited options because candidates were typically former prosecutors. Now, voters not only have options, but are able to learn more about the types of attorneys running to become judges.
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