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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 71

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Danielle R.A. Gibbons

Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
585,786 votes (53.78%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • As a Judge, I will continue to preside over my courtroom with fairness, equality, compassion, social responsibility, honestly, open-mindedness, and respect for all parties while having the courage to always do the right thing.
  • I will continue to make public safety a main priority.
  • Current statistics show that 1 in 59 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. I will continue working on bringing Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness, compassion, understanding and education to all Judges, Commissioners and courthouse staff.



Profession:Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner - already doing the job of a judge, County of Los Angeles (2017–current)
Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles — Appointed position (2017–current)
Partner and Trial Attorney, Gibbons, Gibbons & Gibbons (2004–2017)
Attorney and Sole Practictioner, Law Offices of Danielle R. A. Gibbons (2001–2004)
District Attorney Student Certified Law Clerk, Sacramento District Attorney's Office (2001–2001)
District Attorney Student Certified Law Clerk, Orange County District Attorney's Office (2000–2000)


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) with a concentration in oral advocacy (2001)
California State University, Fullerton Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History (1997)

Community Activities

Member, California Court Commissioners Association (2017–current)
Memeber, California Judge's Association (2017–current)
Volunteer, Cornelia Connely High School Mock Trial Team (2017–2017)
Volunteer, McBride High School Criminal Justice Track (2017–2017)
Board of Director Trustee and Vice-President, Southeast District Bar Association (2003–2017)


  • Current Superior Court Commissioner, I am already doing the job of a judge
  • Currently presiding over a Domestic Violence Prevention Act restaining order courtroom
  • Over 18 years of legal experience
  • Endorsed by over 75 judges and commissioners

I am rated as Well-Qualified by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee.  The full report is available to read at .

I was vetted and eventually elected by my peers, the Superior Court Judges of Los Angeles, to sit as a Superior Court Commissioner.  You may be asking yourself, “What is a Superior Court Commissioner?”  A Superior Court Commissioner is a subordinate Judicial Officer who presides over a variety of courtrooms throughout The county.  Superior Court Commissioners have te same jurisdiction and excerise the same powers and duties as Superior Court Judges with respect to criminal matters (up to and including preliminary hearings), probate, family law, collections, traffic, small claims actions, and in other matters pursuant to stipulations of the parties.  In short, I am already doing the job of a judge . I am currently presiding over a Domestic Violence Prevention Act courtroom hearing domestic violence, gun violence, elder abuse, school violence, workplace violence and civil harassment restraining order hearings in the Norwalk Superior Court (until May 21st when Los Angeles County re-opens the Whittier Superior Court).

Prior to my election as a Superior Court Commissioner, I was a partner at Gibbons, Gibbons & Gibbons representing well over 1,000 juveniles and adults charged with crimes ranging from traffic infractions to homicide. I handled both jury trials and bench trials throughout my nearly 17 year career as a lawyer. My experience as an attorney afforded me the opportunity to work with persons of varying ages, maturity levels, mental capacities, socio-economical conditions, races, genders, religions and experiences. In most cases, I worked with my clients for several months not only getting to know them but also their families. Each of these unique and personal experiences with my clients broadened my awareness and perspective. EVERYONE is EQUAL and MUST be afforded an opportunity to be heard and respected.

I am an aunt to two amazing boys, one of whom was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at two years old. This was a difficult awakening for my family and me. I have made it my personal mission to help the Courts of Los Angeles County and then hopefully all the Courts in the State of California to be ready to recognize individuals on the ASD scale and know how to communicate with them.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Hon. Judge Daniel Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Los Angeles County Professional Police Officers Association

Organizations (19)

  • Local Laborers 300
  • UAW Region 5
  • Los Angeles County Professional Police Officers Association
  • Long Beach Police Officers Association
  • The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 36, AFSCME
  • SEIU 721
  • Santa Moinca Democratic Club
  • Alhambra Democratic Club
  • Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club
  • Long Beach Democratic Club
  • Progressive Democratic Club
  • East Area Progressive Democrats
  • West Los Angeles Democratic Club
  • San Pedro Democratic Club
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • Southwest Reginal Council of Carpenters
  • Mexican American Bar Association - Political Action Committee

Elected Officials (73)

  • Hon. Judge Daniel Buckley, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Rex Richardson, Vice Mayor of Long Beach
  • Hon. Judge Kevin Brazile, Assistant Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Hon. Judge Margaret Bernal, Supervising Judge of the Southeast District of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Hon. Judge Rolf Treu
  • Hon. Judge Thomas Lewis, Supervising Judge of Family Law of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Senator Josh Newman
  • James R. Bozajian, Calabasas City Council Member
  • Hon. Judge James Bianco
  • Hon. Judge Joan Chrostek
  • Micheál O’Leary, Former Mayor of Culver City
  • Fernando Vasquez, Downey City Council Member
  • Blanca Pacheco, Downey City Council Member
  • Alex Saab, Downey City Council Member
  • Hon. Judge Joel Wallenstein
  • Hon. Judge Armenui (Amy) Ashvanian
  • Hon. Judge John Lord
  • Hon. Judge Howard Halm
  • Hon. Judge Eleanor Hunter
  • Hon. Judge Joseph Porras
  • Hon. Judge Robert Higa
  • Hon. Judge Fumiko Wasserman
  • Hon. Judge Wesley Hsu
  • Hon. Judge Steve Cochran
  • Hon. Judge Philip Mautino
  • Hon. Judge Carl Moor
  • Hon. Judge Christopher Frisco
  • Hon. Judge Tomson Ong
  • Hon. Judge Gregorio Roman
  • Hon. Judge Thomas Long
  • Hon. Judge Daniel Ramirez
  • Hon. Judge Daniel Lowenthal
  • Hon. Judge Brett Bianco
  • Hon. Judge Kristin Escalante
  • Hon. Judge Susan De Witt
  • Hon. Judge Amy Yerkey
  • Hon. Judge Victoria Wilson
  • Hon. Judge Kerry White
  • Hon. Judge Victor Viramontes
  • Hon. Judge Gregory Weingart
  • Hon. Judge Lillian Vega-Jacobs
  • Hon. Judge Lee Tsao
  • Hon. Judge John Torribio
  • Hon. Judge Michael Shultz
  • Hon. Judge Karla Kerlin
  • Hon. Judge Gia Bosley
  • Hon. Judge Yvonne Sanchez
  • Hon. Judge Raul Sahagun
  • Hon. Judge Olivia Rosales
  • Hon. Judge Julian Recana
  • Hon. Judge Ann Park
  • Hon. Judge Rubiya Nur
  • Hon. Judge Ana Maria Luna
  • Hon. Judge Teresa Magno
  • Hon. Judge Carol Najera
  • Hon. Judge Patrick Meyers
  • Hon. Judge LaRonda McCoy
  • Hon. Judge Laura Laesecke
  • Hon. Judge Richard Goul
  • Hon. Judge Sean Coen
  • Hon. Judge Eric Taylor, Supervising Judge of the Southwest District of the Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Hon. Judge Daniel Juarez
  • Hon. Judge Debra Cole
  • Hon. Judge Mary Thornton House
  • Hon. Judge James Horan
  • Hon. Judge Hector Gutierrez
  • Hon. Judge Brian Gasdia
  • Hon. Judge Charles Clay III
  • Hon. Judge Debra Cole-Hall
  • Hon. Judge Michael Cowell
  • Hon. Judge Josh Wayser, Co-Chair California LGBTQ State Judge’s Assocation
  • Hon. Judge Stuart Rice, President California Judge's Association
  • Hon. Judge Lori Ann Fournier, Assistant Supervising Judge of the Southeast District of the Los Angeles Superior Court

Individuals (8)

  • Hon. Commissioner Diego Edber
  • Hon. Justice Steve Suzukawa (retired)
  • Hon. Commissioner Maria Puente-Porras
  • Hon. Commissioner Laura Hymowitz
  • Hon. Commissioner Kjehl Johnson
  • Hon. Commissioner Sheryl Beasley
  • Hon. Commissioner Debra Losnick
  • Hon. Commissioner Jerry Marshak

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 Danielle R.A. Gibbons:

A candidate's legal experience, work experience, life experience, and endorsements are important factors to consider when evaluating a judicial candidate. Also, critical is the candidate's qualification rating by an unbiased well-rounded cross section of Los Angeles County's legal community through the Los Angeles County Bar's Judicial Election Evaluation Committee (Not Qualified, Qualified, Well-Qualified or Exceptionally Well-Qualified).  I have been rated "Well-Qualified" because the committee believes that I "possess the professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of superior fitness to perform the judicial function with a high degree of skill and effectiveness".

A rating of "Not Qualified" is alarming in that it shows that the committee (JEEC) agreed that a candidate lacks one or more of the qualities of professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament indicative of fitness to perform the judicial function satisfactorily. Recommendations can be found for all judicial races on Los Angeles County Bar Association's website.

Prior to my appointment as a Superior Court Commissioner, during my extensive legal career I have appeared before over a hundred judges and commissioners in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Orange and San Diego Counties.  I have either appeared in courts or presided over matters in my own courtroom at the Norwalk Superior Court on a daily basis for over 18 years.  

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

Working in any capacity in a court is public service and all employees should treat all individuals in the courthouse with curtesy, kindness and respect.  The courts need to contiue to improve access and availability of self-help offices within the courthouse.  Judges, Commissioner and courtroom staff should be treating all parties with fairness, respect and dignity. 

I am proud to part of the re-opening of the Whittier Superior Court in late May 2018.  The Whittier Superior Court was closed in June 2013 due to State budget cuts.  Whittier Superior Court will be the first court in the county to serve as a family law hub.  We will have 6 family law courtrooms providing improved access to family law matters and self-help services.  It also opens 5 courtrooms in the Norwalk Superior Court which is currently completely full.

Case filings in all areas of law have increased more than the budget can afford.  We, as bench officers, must handle our calendars in an efficient manner without sacrificing individual’s access to justice and their ability to adequately heard.  

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 Danielle R.A. Gibbons:

As a current bench officer, I am not permitted to make any recommendation regarding the status of bail reform.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judicial races are non-partisan races, therefore it would be inappropriate to discuss my political philosophy.  No matter what a judicial officer’s political preference is, we are all required to follow and apply the law regardless of how we personally feel about it.

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