Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst

justice ashmann-gerst portraitHon. Judith Ashmann-Gerst
Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Two (Los Angeles)

Current Term: July 1, 2011—Sept 14, 2015 (term has expired)
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committees: Executive & Planning Committee; Technology Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Inyo, Mono, and Ventura Counties

Justice Ashmann-Gerst was appointed to the appellate bench in 2001. She served on the Los Angeles Municipal Court (1981–1986) and was elected to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in 1986 and reelected in 1992 and 1998. During her years on the bench, Justice Ashmann-Gerst has served in various administrative roles, including judicial education, ethics, and technology. Before her judicial career, she was the Executive Assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (1979–1981), special counsel to the City Attorney of Los Angeles (1976–1979), and a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice, handling the constitutional rights and consumer protection units (1972–1976). She was named San Fernando Valley Bar Association Judge of the Year in 1995; Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Section, Judge of the Year in 1994; and the San Fernando Criminal Courts Bar Judge of the Year for 1990-1991. More >>


As part of the Judicial Council’s efforts to increase communication and transparency and promote accountability, council members serve as liaisons to the 58 trial courts and to the major service units of the Judicial Council staff. Members with updates present their reports at Judicial Council meetings, bringing fresh perspectives on the issues and challenges facing the judicial branch.

Ventura County Superior Court liaison report
April 17, 2015
Topics related to the budget crisis topped the court's list of things to discuss with Justice Ashmann-Gerst. In her report to council, she describes challenges reserve limitations is putting on the court. Also, since November 2015, the court has received 1,500 Prop 47 petitions, and predicts a potential 15,000 more. Overwhelmed by a 30% reduction in staff, the court reports that because of Prop 47, their misdemeanor and appellate divisions overburdened.

Inyo County Superior Court liaison report
Aug 26, 2014
Justice Ashmann-Gerst reports on her Jul 8 visit to Inyo County. The court is looking forward to the new courthouse that will replace the current courthouse which is overcrowded and has security issues (the expected completion date is 2018). Criminal justice realignment has created new workload challenges for the court. Budget cuts continue to hinder the court’s ability to serve the public. Learn more about funding cuts to the courts at http://www.courts.ca.gov/partners/courtsbudget.htm

Mono County Superior Court liaison report
Apr 29, 2014
Justice Ashmann-Gerst highlights several issues facing the Mono County Superior Court, including the court's struggles to manage an influx of civil cases.
Ventura County Superior Court liaison report
Apr 29, 2013
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