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.
Liaison Report on San Luis Obispo, Apr 2016
Judge Buckley reports on his visit to San Luis Obispo Superior Court. San Luis Obispo is located on the coast, north of Santa Barbara and south of Monterey. It has a population of just over 275,000 and covers 3600 sq. miles. The judicial allocation is 13 judges and two commissioners. They currently have 3 judicial vacancies and they are all being covered by assigned judges, a program critical to the court. The court was second on the list for a new courthouse in the early 2000, they are now 50. Proposition 47 has had a tremendous impact on the court, and has put a strain on the court’s limited resources. Judge Buckley reports that the court is happy with their new case management system.
Ventura County Superior Court liaison report
Inyo County Superior Court liaison report
|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