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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 4

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A. Verónica Sauceda

Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
535,416 votes (46.76%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure access to justice
  • Maintain a fair and impartial courtroom
  • Empathetic in resolving conflicts presented to me for adjudication



Profession:Superior Court Commissioner, Los Angeles County
Commissioner, Los Angeles Superior Court, County of Los Angeles (2015–current)
Senior Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (2013–2015)
Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (2002–2013)


UCLA School of Law J.D. (2001)
University of California, Los Angeles B.A. Political Science and Chicana/o Studies (1997)

Community Activities

Mentor, Latinas Guiding Latinas, Law Fellows of UCLA, Latina Lawyers Bar Association (1995–2015)


* Superior Court Commissioner, Los Angeles County (2015- present)

* Non-profit Attorney (2002-2015); helped clients assert rights; removed barriers and helped them access justice

* J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2001

* B.A. Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, UCLA 1997



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge, Daniel J. Buckley
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Assisting Presiding Judge, Kevin Brazile
  • Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader

Organizations (27)

  • UAW Local 509
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • AFSCME District Council 36 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees)
  • SEIU Local 721 (Service Employees International Union)
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9003
  • Mexican American Bar Association (MABA)
  • Democratic Party of San Fernando Valley
  • Latinas Lead California
  • UFCW Local 1428
  • United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor - AFL-CIO
  • Los Angeles Sentinel
  • Los Angeles County Young Democrats (LACYD)
  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action
  • Torrance Democratic Club
  • Avance Democratic Club
  • Glendale Democratic Club
  • Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
  • Feel the Bern Democratic Club
  • Progressive Democratic Club
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • Alhambra Democratic Club
  • Rio Hondo Democratic Club
  • Monterey Park Democratic Club
  • Miracle Mile Democratic Club

Elected Officials (11)

  • Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Janice Hahn
  • United States Congresswoman, Grace Napolitano
  • United States Congresswoman, Linda Sanchez
  • California State Senator, Connie Leyva
  • California State Senator, Ed Hernandez
  • California State Senator, Kevin De Leon
  • California State Senator, Ricardo Lara
  • Luis Ayala, Alhambra City Council Member
  • Gary Mendez, Rio Hondo Community College District Board of Trustees
  • Andre Quintero, Mayor of El Monte
  • Blanca Pacheco, Downey City Council Member

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 A. Verónica Sauceda:

Voters need to know that the candidate has integrity and is well qualified to be a judge. A voter should look at the candidate's background, legal experience and dedication to public service. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from A. Verónica Sauceda:

Courts and judges need to be aware of the diversity of the public it serves; including the various obstacles faced by court users. Access to justice and the legal system includes: having interpreters available for monolingual speaking court users; ensuring that litigants understand the court process (signage and information in their native language); court websites that are user friendly and easy to navigate; referrals to the courts own self-help centers or facilitators. Courts and judges need to understand the needs of the diverse populations they serve and make decisions that are both practical and empathetic when adjudicating cases. The public need to know that they will be treated with dignity and respect and that their voice matters. 



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 A. Verónica Sauceda:

Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye convened a committee of judges to explore the current money bail system. The committee made various recommendations, including a new system based on pretrial assessments of a defendant's flight risk and danger to public safety. The committee raised valid concerns on how the system can be improved.



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