Justice Sandy R. Kriegler Sandy Kriegler has been an associate justice of the Court of Appeal in the Second Appellate District since April 2005. He previously served as a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court (1989-2005) and Los Angeles Municipal Court (1985-1989). The bulk of his career as a trial judge was spent presiding over criminal law matters, including approximately 400 jury trials. He was assigned for two years to the Appellate Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Justice Kriegler has served by assignment on the California Supreme Court on three occasions, and is on the list of special masters of the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Justice Kriegler received a B.A. degree cum laude from California State University, Northridge, in 1972. He earned a J.D. degree in 1975 from Loyola University School of Law (Los Angeles), where he was on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters.

Justice Kriegler was named Judge of the Year by the Century City Bar Association Criminal Law Section in 1997 and Judge of the Year by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association in 2005. He was the Supervising Judge of the Van Nuys Branch courthouses from 2002-2004.

Justice Kriegler was a deputy attorney general for the State of California from 1975-1985. He was assigned to the Criminal Law Division from 1975-1981, where he represented the prosecution in approximately 200 felony appeals, including three winning arguments in the California Supreme Court and one successful appearance before the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kriegler was assigned to the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit from 1981-1985, where he handled organized crime trials and investigations, including prosecutions for murder, major frauds, and multi-county narcotics trafficking.

Justice Kriegler was a member of the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions (CALCRIM) from 2006-2017. The CALCRIM committee drafts California’s acclaimed plain-English jury instructions. He was chairperson of the committee from 2011-2017. Justice Kriegler has served as an instructor at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College, teaching courses in courtroom control and making an effective record on appeal. He has been a guest speaker for the Los Angeles Superior Court on criminal law issues, and often volunteers to speak to political science classes at California State University, Northridge.

Justice Kriegler has been a lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley. He has been active in a variety of community organizations, including Sherman Oaks Little League and Toluca Pony Colt Baseball. Justice Kriegler founded the highly successful Van Nuys High School Teen Court in 2003. A 1968 graduate of Van Nuys High, Justice Kriegler continues to preside over the Teen Court’s monthly meetings, which typically draw approximately 100 student participants.

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