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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 67

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Maria Lucy Armendariz

Judge of the State Bar Court, State Bar of California
670,507 votes (60.66%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that everyone has equal access to the law and is treated fairly and with respect.
  • Over 10 years of Proven Judicial Experience
  • Maintain the stern but fair reputation that has been earned.



Judge, State Bar Court of California (2007–current)
Judge of the State Bar Court, State Bar of California — Elected position (2007–current)


U.C. Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1994)



  • Judge of the State Bar Court, appointed in 2007


  • Presided Over thousands of cases in 11 years


  • Entire Career dedicated to Public Service


  • UCLA and UC Hastings Law School Educated












Judge Lucy Armendariz


Judge Armendariz has presided over cases at the State Bar Court of California for over a decade.  Appointed to the bench in 2007, Judge Armendariz maintains a heavy docket of cases that includes trials, motion hearings and status conferences.  She submits substantive decisions and recommendations for review and approval by the California Supreme Court.  Judge Armendariz also mediates settlement conferences to resolve cases fairly and efficiently short of trial. 


 Having committed her career to public service, Judge Armendariz served as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero in Los Angeles, and gained extensive experience at the Capitol in Sacramento through her service as Counsel to both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety.  Governor Gray Davis appointed Judge Armendariz as the Ombudsman for women’s prisons in California.


 Motivated by her experiences as a foster child, Judge Armendariz has a long history of involvement in her community.  Thrust into the foster care system at age 10, Judge Armendariz bounced between homes before a long-term placement provided the stability that facilitated her pursuit of a college education.  Determined to “pay it forward”, Judge Armendariz has volunteered her time as a Commissioner to the Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care and as a Board Member to Leadership California, an organization dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women and girls.


 Judge Armendariz grew up in the East Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights, and is a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  As an undergraduate at UCLA she majored in Sociology and Economics. She earned her law degree in 1997 from U.C. Hastings School of Law.  Judge Armendariz was recently recognized as a “California Latina Treasure” by HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • SEIU
  • AFSCME Union
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party

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 Maria Lucy Armendariz:

Proven Judicial experience.  A reputation for having the right temperament and demeanor to be a judge. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Maria Lucy Armendariz:

Judges can ensure that there is proper staffing at the courts.  Too often courts are closed for lack of proper funding.

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 Maria Lucy Armendariz:

Yes, too many people are held in County Jail simply because they are too poor to post bail.

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