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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 16

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Sydne Jane Michel

Senior Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Redondo Beach
430,548 votes (39.02%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that justice is administered free from passion, emotion or bias, but with compassion for both sides.
  • Run an effective and efficient courtroom to best serve the participants and consider the interests and needs of those serving jury duty.
  • Employ Alternative Sentencing Options and Diversion Programs such as Military and Drug Diversion when possible and appropriate to maximize rehabilitative opportunities.



Profession:Senior Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Redondo Bea
Senior Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach City Attorney Office — Appointed position (2005–2018)
Senior Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach City Attorney Office — Appointed position (2005–2018)
Partner and Litigation Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (1995–2005)
Partner and Litigation Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (1995–2005)


Loyola Law School Juris Dctor (JD) (1995)
Loyola Law School Juris Doctor (1995)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (1980)
University of Californa Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (1980)


Senior Deputy City Prosecutor

Prosecuted complex criminal cases, including serious violent crimes

Partner in premiere international civil law firm

Endorsed early by Hon. Steve Cooley- Former District Attorney for Los Angeles County, numerous Superior Court Judges

Endorsed by labor unions and numerous law enforcement associations



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
  • Redondo Beach Police Officers' Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Hon. Steve Cooley - Former District Attorney for Los Angeles County

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 Sydne Jane Michel:


A Judicial Candidate’s qualifications, temperament, integrity, and endorsements.  I have been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, three Labor Unions, twenty-five elected officials; over 80 endorsements.

I am the Senior Deputy City Prosecutor for the cities of Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. I have been employed as a prosecutor for twelve years. I am unique among my peers because prior to becoming a prosecutor, I was a civil litigator for ten years at one of the most respected and largest law firms in the country; Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  I made partner at Kirkland and, among other responsibilities, was put in charge of the firm’s pro bono assistance program, managing a legal team that provided free legal services to those in need.  Very few judicial candidates have that breadth of experience across the legal system.   




















































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

This takes judicial initiative by courthouse administrators and judges and local bar associations to work collectively to address the problems.  Some of this is being done now.



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 Sydne Jane Michel:

The bail system in California needs reform.  The Constitution allows for reasonable bail.  Courts should consider personal factors of a defendant in deciding on conditions of pretrial release and make use of non-monetary conditions, if possible, to ensure that the defendant returns to court and does not endanger the community.

Courts must consider the protection of the public, seriousness of the crime, and notably potential injury to the victim, in setting bail.  But pre-trial release conditions should not be set solely based on a certain amount of money bail. Setting bail at an amount a defendant cannot afford to pay is the functional equivalent of a pretrial detention, or to setting no bail.  Some less restrictive measures in lieu of high money bail could include house arrest, supervised rehabilitation and treatment facilities, electronic monitoring, and other technologies.


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