Judge Emilie H. Elias

Judge Elias PortraitHon. Emilie H. Elias
Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

Current Term: Jan 2012–Sept 2016
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Internal Committees: Rules and Projects Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of Imperial and Orange Counties

Judge Elias was appointed in 2000 to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County after serving in that court as commissioner for 11 years. As commissioner, she was assigned to a direct civil calendar in 1993, and continued in that assignment after her judicial appointment. She is currently the Supervising Judge of the Complex Civil Litigation Panel and is the Coordination Trial Judge for the The Asbestos cases in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego County. 

Judge Elias served on the Judicial Council's CJER Governing Committee from 2002-2008 and was a member of the Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee from 2008-2012. Judge Elias was appointed by the Chief Justice to the Trial Court Funding Workgroup, a judicial and executive branch working group evaluating the progress of statewide funding for trial courts. At the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Judge Elias has been active in the court's Judicial Education Program since 2005, serving as chair since 2010. She is a former member of the executive boards of the California Judges Association, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Advocates, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section. In 2002, she received the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles. In 2011, the American Board of Trial Advocates honored her with the William J. Rea Jurist of the Year Award.


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.

Imperial County Superior Court liaison report
April 17, 2015
Located in the southeastern tip of California, Imperial County shares a border with Mexico, leading to very unique, binational issues for the court. The county also shares a border with a tribal nation that spans over two states. In this video, Judge Emilie Elias presents details on her recent visit to the court where she learned about how, with limited resources, the court continues to provide services to the public.

Imperial County Superior Court liaison report
Apr 26, 2013

Judicial Council Center for Judicial Education and Research liaison report
Sept 5, 2012
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