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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 113

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Steven Schreiner

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
265,939 votes (24.57%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting public safety
  • Efficient administration of justice
  • Fair and equal treatment of all parties



Profession:Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney
Deputy District Attorney IV, Los Angeles County District Attorney (1987–current)


Santa Clara University School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1986)


After working as a Legal Aide in the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office, I joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in 1987.  In the ensuing 31 years I have done misdemeanor trials, felony trials, the Career Criminal Unit, the Hardcore Gang Unit, and Special Trials Units.  In addition to 23 misdemeanor jury trials, I have tried 223 Felony jury trials, including 83 murders.



Who supports this candidate?

Individuals (1)

  • Numerous Deputy District Attorneys, Public Defenders and private attorneys.

Questions & Answers

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

Question 1

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?

No answer provided.
How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Steven Schreiner:

The presence of the Public Defender and Alternate Public Defender's offices ensure that all indigent defendants have representation. In cases in which a conflict arises, a judge can assure an indigent defendant has representation by appointing counsel where appropriate.

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 Steven Schreiner:

Recent case law has addressed the issue of low income defendants being unable to secure bail due to economic circumstances.  Courts now must consider this issue, and balance it with the need to assurance the defendant's appearance at trial and public safety.  As a judge I would take all these issues into consideration in determining whether or not to deviate from the bail schedule.

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