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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 113

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Javier Perez

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
447,838 votes (41.38%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure a fair trial to all people who have cases in the courtroom where I am assigned.
  • Run an efficient court calendar, making sure that there are not endless delays.
  • To set the tone in court, where everyone is treated with respect.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles District Attorney's Office (1990–current)

Education

UCLA BA, History (current)
Whittier School of Law JD, Law (1990)

Community Activities

President, Latino Prosecutors Association (2016–current)
Advisory Board Member, Hollenbeck Youth Center (2009–current)

Biography

  • Prosecutor for approximately 27 years
  • I have tried misdemeanor and felony trials, assigned to special units such as Major Naroctics and Environmental Crimes
  • Worked throughout the county in nine different courthouses
  • Supervised in excess of one-hundred employees over seven years as supervisor in West Covina and East Los Angeles Offices

I have tried a variety of different cases, including murder, sex crimes, domestic violence, DUI's and gang cases. I've also been tasked with supervising newly hired attorneys and advising them on trial strategy, the law, ethical obligations and to ensure that they learn that a prosecutors duty is to seek justice and do the right thing on every case.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11
  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
  • SEIU Local 721
  • AFSCME Local 685 Probation Officer Union

Elected Officials (8)

  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara
  • State Senator Kevin de Leon
  • El Monte City Councilman Jerry Velasco
  • Baldwin Park Mayor Manny LOzano
  • Covina Mayor Jorge MArquez
  • El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero

Individuals (1)

  • Danny Hernandez CEO Hollenbeck Youth Center

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Javier Perez:

The characteristics necessary for a good judge include, knowledge, experience, decisiveness, courage and judicial temperament. Ifa  voter looks to a candidates experience they can be informed if the candidate as the at least the minimal qualifications to be competent judge. For example I've been a deputy district attorney for twenty-seven years with various assignments throughout Los Angeles County. I've tried different types of cases, including murder, sex crimes, domestic violence, gang cases and major narcotics. I've also been assigned to various assignments with a wide range of responsibilities and the require different skills. For example I've been in the Environmental Crimes Unit and a supervisor for over approximately seven years. I trained newly hired attorneys in the office. I was tasked that these attorneys became well versed om the law, trial straegies and how to evlauate cases and ensure justice.

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Javier Perez:

The first thing that a judge a can do is run an efficient court. Allowing emdless continuances on cases clutters the courts and makes court access to all people difficult. Ensuring a fair trial or day in court to all people also helps assure legal access.

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Javier Perez:

Too many people are held in custody before trial because of their economic conditions. A recent case held that a person's financial situation should be considered in determining bail. Others factors to be considered are safety to the community and securing the defendant's appearance in court.

When dealing with the liberty of indivuals we should always consider ways to improve the system. An honest dialogue needs to be conducted with all the justice partners and community leaders to explore the best options.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a judicial candidate we are precluded from commenting publicly on poltical subjects or philosophy. However one can learn a little about a person's philosophy from their past and some of their endorsements.

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