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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 90

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Melissa Lyons

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
1,091,579 votes (59.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Equity in every decision
  • Ensuring all participants are fully and fairly heard
  • Diversifying the perspective of judicial officers



Loyola Law School of Los Angeles JD, Law (2005)
Northwestern University Bachelor of Science, Communication Studies (2001)

Community Activities

Board Member, Global Girls Project (2016–2018)


Melissa’s family came from Jamaica to the US when she was 11 years old.  They settled in a small farming town in Iowa where they were the only black family.  The family experienced some racism, but there was far more kindness.  And over time, Melissa thrived in her new community.  By the time she graduated from high school, she had been elected class president, selected to speak at her high school commencement ceremony, and won a scholarship from the American Legion for a speech she delivered on the separation of church and state. 


Those experiences impressed upon Melissa the importance of diversity both in surroundings and experience --  of speaking up when something was unfair and standing in solidarity with those who are being mistreated and may be afraid or unable to speak up for themselves. 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of LA County (2)

Do you believe that all citizens have adequate access to legal help and the legal system? If not, what can be done to provide wider and better access?
Answer from Melissa Lyons:
I do not believe that all citizens have adequate access to legal help and the legal system. Ensuring easy public transportation to EVERY courthouse and free parking for those who have vehicles. Having more staff and more language competent staff to assist people who wish to utilize the self-help options available for civil and simple criminal issues. Increase the availability of pro bono legal assistance by giving more incentives to lawyers and law firms to provide such help. Utilizing more technology both for lawyers and parties in the legal system which may help decrease the amount of time they need to be in court or the need for a physical appearance in court. Sometimes a person cannot afford to take a day of work for in-person court appearances. Having alternative means of appearance for certain court cases can assist with access. A centralized filing system that allows a person to file paperwork electronically at any courthouse rather than having to physically travel to the courthouse where their case may be located. Encourage more sliding fee scale legal representation in cases. Simple “know your rights/options” type classes for people using self-help options.
Obstacles to Justice
  1. What do you perceive as the greatest obstacles to justice, if any?
No answer provided.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a Judge, I will ensure that, regardless of background, those who come into the courtroom will receive

fairness under the law, an opportunity to be fully heard and a decision made with integrity. I want to be a

judge because I want to contribute to ensuring that the judicial system has more just outcomes. Justice is

in the decision.

I have been rated “Well Qualified” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, endorsed by the Los

Angeles Times, the LA County Democratic Party, the LA County Labor Federation and by dozens of

organizations and Superior Court Judges.

Since 2006, I have been a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. I have completed more than

85 trials. For the last five years, I was assigned to the Sex Crimes Division, including Stuart House,

where I exclusively prosecuted sexual crimes against children. I was recently promoted to Deputy in

Charge of the Compton Juvenile Division.

In recognition of my volunteer work and community service, the District Attorney’s office in 2021

awarded me the Michael P. Noyes Humanitarian Award.

As a woman of color and an immigrant, I’ll bring a unique and diverse perspective to the bench.

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