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Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 113

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Michael P. Ribons

Arbitrator/Lawyer
693,678 votes (31.44%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintaining a just, expedient, efficiently-run courtroom.
  • Ensuring equal access to justice by applying the law impartially.
  • Treating all individuals with empathy and respect.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Civil Litigator, Arbitrator; Real Estate Broker
Lawyer, Law Offices of Michael P. Ribons, APC (1996–current)
Judge Pro Tem, Los Angeles Superior Court — Appointed position (2010–current)
Judge Pro Tem, Ventura County Superior Court — Elected position (2016–current)
Member, Citizens’ Advisory Committee - LA City Council District 3, Warner Center-Woodland Hills — Elected position (2006–2008)
Member, Los Angeles City Council District 12, Citizens' Advisory Panel, Planning — Appointed position (1992–1992)

Education

Whittier Law School Juris Doctorate, Law (1995)
California State University, Nortridge Bachelor of Science, Finance/Real Estate (1986)

Community Activities

Fee Arbitrator, State Bar of California (2014–current)
Fee Arbitrator, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (2007–current)
Mediator, Los Angeles Superior Court (2003–2006)
Arbitrator, Southland Association of Realtors, f/k/a San Fernando Valley Association of Realtors (1990–1994)
First Vice Chair - Ethics & Arbitration Committee, Southland Association of Realtors (1990–1990)

Biography

  • Judge Pro Tem - Los Angeles County - 8 years hearing approximately 300 calendars and over 7,500 cases
  • Fee Arbitrator - San Fernando Valley Bar, State Bar
  • Civil Litigator 22 years
  • Realtor
  • J.D., Whittier Law School
  • BS, California State University, Northridge

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles Police Protective League
  • Los Angeles Times
  • AFSCME District Council 36

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 Michael P. Ribons:
  • The best way to learn is by doing, nothing can substitute for experience on the bench
  • A proven record of fair and impartial application of the laws of the State of California
  • The diversity offerred by a candidate's background and experiences
  • The Los Angeles County Bar's impartial judicial qualification rating 
  • Having a balanced judiciary comprised of Judges who have varying career paths.
How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Michael P. Ribons:

There is no question that the gap between the legal needs of vulnerable individuals and the legal services available to them is far too large. As a judge pro tem in our courts, I have seen that often those who need legal help the most do not get it. Though judges have a duty to apply the law impartially, that does not mean they must do so with a lack of compassion.

Experience has shown me that many individuals lack information about how to get the legal help they need to ensure fair representation in court.   Our courts could do a better job of making this information more easily available to potential litigants well in advance of their day in court. 

 

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 Michael P. Ribons:

No one should be in jail simply because they are disadvantaged. I support bail reform for low-level offenses/low-risk defendants.  Judges would set bail terms as appropriate, provided the public is not in danger and there is a high likelihood the defendant will appear in court as required.    

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Like many Angelinos, Michael comes from hardworking parents who taught him the importance of fairness, equality and serving a greater purpose.  He counts himself fortunate to have built a successful career on these principles, and he sees the work of the court as an extension of these fundamental values.

As a civil litigator with over two decades in state and federal courts, Michael has proudly served individual clients from all socio-economic backgrounds and businesses large and small.  As a mediator and arbitrator, he has helped consumers, businesses, landlords and tenants receive the protection they deserve and find common ground.  As Judge Pro Tem for the Ventura and LA County Superior Courts, his sole responsibility has been to ensure that all parties received fair hearings and the justice they were due.

 

In all of his legal capacities one principle has shined through – whether you are a victim of discrimination, a tenant who has been wrongfully evicted or a small business just trying to succeed – everyone deserves equal respect and equal access to justice. 

 

Judges are sworn to uphold the United States and California Consitutions.  As a Judge, Michael will actively listen to the matters before him.  Decisions will uphold the letter of the law based upon the evidence presented and the applicable without prejudice.

The Los Angeles County Superior Court is the largest unified trial court in the US. Though in many ways it is one of the best court systems in the nation, litigants and attorneys alike share a common complaint – too much valuable time is wasted at the court.

 

Michael Ribons is inspired by the opportunity to change this.

 

As a litigator, Michael has seen the emotional and financial toll caused by delays in the judicial system.    As a judge pro tem, he has learned that respecting the right to justice means respecting the right to an expedient, efficient legal process. Michael understands that citizens already spend countless hours pursuing their legal rights - time spent away from work, school and family. His goal on the bench – ensuring all citizens have equal access to justice by running a more efficient courtroom.

 

 

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