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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 165

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Kathryn Ann Solorzano

Superior Court Judge
1,063,122 votes (73.11%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • to continue to dispense impartial justice
  • to continue to diligently manage a calendar of felony cases and at the same time treat all litigants fairly
  • to continue to research and make informed decisions under California and United States Supreme Court law



Profession:Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, State of California, County of Los Angeles (2007–current)
Superior Court Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court — Appointed position (2007–current)
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney 4, Office of the District Attorney of Los Angeles County (1990–2007)


Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Juris Doctor, Law (1987)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, History (1984)

Community Activities

member, California Judges Association (2007–current)
member, California Latino Judges Association (2011–current)







I am a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge approaching my 9th year on the bench.  I have presided over hundreds of cases and hearings and many trials involving a variety of criminal charges.


Those charges include: Special Circumstance Murder; Murder with gang allegations; Attempted Murder with great bodily injury; Assault with a deadly weapon; Arson; Rape; Child Molestation; Residential Burglary; Bank Robbery; Robbery; Carjacking; Stalking; Domestic Violence; and Criminal Threats -  including internet threats.


I administer a felony calendar on a daily basis.  The assignment generally involves communication with lawyers and defendants related to case settlement; deciding pretrial motions and post conviction matters; and presiding over trials and other evidentiary hearings.


Daily, I deal with the concerns of defendants awaiting trial.  Many days I hear testimony from victims and witnesses and consider their issues and concerns as well.


I have a reputation for being impartial and evenhanded in my treatment of the litigants.  With me, both parties have an equal opportunity to be heard and I consider their arguments and research the applicable law with a commitment to neutrality.  


I routinely lead jurors through jury selection and trials; I educate them about the process; and I attempt to guide them toward an impartial verdict.


Daily, I communicate with probationers who are supervised by the probation department or me; and I try to help them, listen to them, and motivate them to fulfill their obligations.  If they will not comply with the terms of probation, I issue an appropriate and fair sentence. 


I am independent - I endeavor to do what is right and just under the law - without fear of how I will be judged.


I am kind and equally tough, when necessary.


I am mindful of protecting the dignity of the court and I work toward achieving the high standard of judging that I often observed as an attorney.  I try to make the process work as it was ideally intended to. 


I hope to convey to you that I do a job that requires experience.  I have invested a great deal of time and energy into my work and every year I am more experienced and better qualified to do my job.


I was a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney for 17 and a half years before I was appointed to the bench.  I tried a majority of the serious offenses listed above, including 2 complex special circumstance, financial gain, domestic violence murders.  I was twice recognized by the District Attorney for my work in domestic violence litigation.  I tried gang murder cases; general murder cases; sexual assaults; and many robbery cases - to name a few.


I received my college education from UCLA and I am a graduate of Loyola Law School.


I was born in East Los Angeles and I resided in Montebello for 25 years.  Since then, I have resided in Long Beach, Mid City south of Olympic, the Wilshire District, West Hollywood, and where Venice, Marina del Rey and Culver City meet.


I am a Mexican American.


I have experienced, and truly and greatly value, the diversity of the citizenry of Los Angeles County.  I feel that I am lucky to have been born, educated, and to continue to reside and work in Los Angeles County. 


I have the character, experience, and intelligence necessary to continue to serve, and to deserve to serve, the public as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge.  


Please take the time to vote for me and to motivate others to do the same.  


Thank you,


Kathryn Solorzano, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Isadore Hall III, California State Senator 35th District and US House District 44 Candidate
  • Los Angeles Chapter of the Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles Times

Organizations (10)

  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • National Asia Pacific Islanders Prosecutors Association
  • The Korean Prosecutors Association
  • Los Angeles County Association of District Attorneys
  • The Santa Monica Democratic Club
  • Democratic Alliance for Action, Santa Clarita
  • Beverly Hills and West Hollywood Democratic Club
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Metropolitan News Enterprise
  • Beach Cities Democrats

Elected Officials (10)

  • Mike Gipson, California State Assemblymember 64th District
  • Judge Carolyn Kuhl, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Supervisor of all County Courts)
  • Judge James Brandlin, Supervising Judge of All Criminal Courts in Los Angeles
  • Former District Attorney of Los Angeles County, Steve Cooley
  • Former District Attorney of Los Angeles County, Gil Garcetti
  • The District Attorney of Los Angeles County, Jackie Lacey
  • Judge Peter Espinoza, Former Supervising Judge of all Criminal Courts in Los Angeles
  • Kevin Brazile, Supervising Judge of Civil for the Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • John Duran Councilman West Hollywood

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from Kathryn Ann Solorzano:

I am presently a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge.  I am not permitted under the rules of California Judicial ethics to state in advance how I would rule in a matter.  I judge every case based on its own set of facts and each defendant based on his or her conduct in the case and criminal history.  For informational purposes, non-jail sentences for non violent offenders are often imposed with the agreement of the judge, the prosecutor and defense counsel at the courthouse where I sit, the Airport Court, West District of the Los Angeles Superior Court. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The rules of Judicial Conduct and Ethics place limitations on statements regarding a judge's political philosophy.  In terms of the role of a judge, I am completely committed to equal fairness to both sides; the People as represented by the Prosecution and the Defendant as represented by his Defense Counsel.  I am evenhanded in all that I do.   I am constantly aware of the need to maintain a sense of neutrality and to keep an open mind.  I appreciate my job, I am grateful for my job and I do my job with independence and courage.  I provide a very high standard of justice - our community deserves conscientous, fair, informed, intelligent and knowledgable judges and I am one of them.     

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