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Orange County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 30

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Michele Bell

Superior Court Commissioner, County of Orange
196,928 votes (30.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Continue to ensure public safety and make decisions that protect our Orange County community and all victims of crime.
  • Continue to treat all parties fairly in my courtroom and further the administration of justice.
  • Continue to serve Orange County residents, as I have dedicated my entire career to public service in Orange County.



Profession:Orange County Superior Court Commissioner
Co-Chair, Orange County Bar Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee — Elected position (2021–current)
Chair, Orange County Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section — Elected position (2020–2021)
Board Member, Public Law Center — Elected position (2020–2021)
Board Member, Thurgood Marshall Bar Association — Elected position (2019–2021)


Tulane Law School Juris Doctor, Law (current)
Cal. Poly Pomona B.S., Management and Human Resources (current)


Commissioner Michele understands the role of a judge since she was appointed by judges as a Superior Court Commissioner. She serves our public in different courtroom assignments, at the Central Justice Center and is assigned to the Criminal Division. When working in the county’s Central Jail Arraignment courtroom, Michele makes decisions on bail for 50 to over 100 people a day, frequently ruling on critical issues in serious and violent felonies, including gang crime, sexual assault, and murder. 

She understands that public safety and the setting of bail requires careful, deliberate analysis, and issues orders that protect victims and our community.

Michele also presides over felony hearings where law enforcement and civilian witnesses testify before trial. With over a decade of experience in complex criminal legal matters, she also makes rulings on a variety of motions, expungements, and conducts jury trials. Michele works hard to make sure everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

Michele is the daughter of a Panamanian immigrant and if elected would become the first Black Latina Judge in Orange County. She is a dedicated mother of two boys, and the wife of a gang prosecutor in Orange County.  

Prior to her appointment as a Superior Court Commissioner in 2021, Michele worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office, and was assigned to the felony trial team. She was previously an Associate at Stutz, Artiano, Shinoff & Holtz and practiced complex civil litigation. Growing up in Southern California, Michele earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Management and Human Resources, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She earned her Juris Doctorate from nationally ranked Tulane Law School in New Orleans.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Endorsed by over 50 judges
  • Orange County Employees Association

Organizations (3)

  • Anaheim Police Association
  • Santa Ana Police Officers Association
  • OCAA which represents District Attorneys and Public Defenders

Elected Officials (1)

  • OC Sheriff Don Barnes

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Commissioner Bell believes that everyone who walks in her courtroom deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. She works diligently to make sure that everyone who appears before her has equal access to the justice system despite their background, native language, of socio-economic status. 

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