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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 4

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Alfred A. Coletta

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
481,525 votes (42.05%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure the judicial process dispenses justice to all people quickly and objectively.
  • Fairness and respect to all litigants and parties.
  • Decisive and issue decisions that are fully explained.



Profession:Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County
Deputy District Attorney IV, Office of the District Attorney for Los Angeles County (1988–current)
Board of Director, Rossmoor Community Services District — Elected position (2002–2014)


Western State College of Law Juris Doctor of Law, Law (1986)
California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor of Science, Environmental Health Science (1979)

Community Activities

Board of Director and President, Italian American Lawyers Association (1988–2006)
Board of Director and President, Rossmoor Homeowners Association (2000–2002)


  • L.A. Judge, Roy Paul has endorsed me for his Seat #4. 
  • 31 years criminal and civil trial experience
  • 120 felony jury trials to verdict
  • 43 murder jury trials to verdict
  • Prosecuted police officers and lawyers
  • Grand Jury Advisor
  • Domestic violence prosecutor
  • Environmental crimes prosecutor
  • Gang violence prosecutor
  • Juvenile Dependency Court


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys
  • Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association
  • Torrance Police Officers Association
  • Burbank Police Officers Association
  • Long Beach Police Officers Association
  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League

Elected Officials (2)

  • 40 Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges (see website
  • Hon. Mike Gipson, Assemblyman 64th District

Individuals (1)

  • Hon. Steve Cooley (former elected District Attorney)

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 Alfred A. Coletta:

A candidates qualifications, work experience, temperament and wisdom to apply the law correctly, should be the voter's utmost priorities in evaluating a judicial candidate to uphold our laws created by our law makers.  In evaluating my candidacy, please consider:

  • I have practiced law for 31 years and possess both civil and criminal trial experience. 
  • I acquired experience in Juvenile Dependency Courts advocating for the protection of abused children and conducted trials, when I worked as Deputy County Counsel with the Office of the County Counsel for Los Angeles County. 
  • I have completed 10 misdemeanor jury trials to verdict and over 120 felony jury trials to verdict, as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles since 1988 to the present date. 
  • 43 of the felony jury trials were homicides and 3 with special circumstance allegations. 
  • I have been assigned to elite trial units such as, Hardcore Gang Division, Major Narcotics & Forfeiture Division, Environmental Crimes & O.S.H.A. Division, and Justice System Integrity Division. 
  • I have prosecuted and tried cases against police officers for violations of criminal law and lawyers, as well. 
  • I am trained to serve as a grand jury advisor for the ciminal grand jury process and have personally conducted 5 criminal grand jury hearings and obtained indictments in all matters.  
  • I possess civil trial experience in prosecuting companies and corporate managers for unfair business practices, and civil prosecutions for violating L.A. County water streams. 
  • I possess bankruptcy experience prosecuting an administrative priority claim for fines and penalty assessments imposed against a corporation and its managers in one of the largest criminal prosecutions in Los Angeles County regarding an environmental crimes case.  
  • I am a person of honesty, integrity, ethical behavior, and diligent.  
  • I am respectful to all persons, fair, decisive and have an excellent temperament for the position of Judge.  
  • I have endorsements from numerous Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges, opposing counsel, prosecutors, and other elected officials.  
  • I have never had a jury trial verdict reversed on appeal. 
  • I have demonstrated that I can distinguish between the person who appears to be the technical law breaker as contrasted to the person who will harm society. 
  • Born and raised by immigrant parents in the City of Los Angeles. 
  • The first in my family to attend high school, then worked my way through college and law school.  
How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Alfred A. Coletta:

A Judge can assist people to have more effective access to the legal system by being a good listener, respectful to all persons, not failing to rule, and issue decisions that are simple to understand and well reasoned.  Sometimes litigants (including persons representing themselves), fail to follow legal procedure and/or fail to establish a legal element in proving up a matter.  An understanding judge can assist without being an advocate for the individuals cause of action.  A judge should point out what is lacking so the individual may decide if they wish to proceed or withdraw their request and amend their motion to conform to what is legally required. 

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 Alfred A. Coletta:

 The judicial code of ethics precludes me from expressing an opinion regarding controversies that may come before me.

I am aware the legislature has drafted Senate Bill 10 to reform bail. As a judge I will respect any new bail law and apply the law fairly, objectively and with integrity.  


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a judge, I will respect and support our Constitution, decisional and statutory laws in an objective and fair manner.  I will faithfully do what the law requires in order to administer justice to all persons in a fair manner.  


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