The Hon. Carol J. Najera is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She won the June 3, 2014 election, beating the incumbent candidate James B. Pierce. She had originally run for election to the court in 2004 but was unsuccessful in that bid.
Judge Najera received her bachelor's degree as well as her J.D. from the University of Southern California. While in law school, she was a member of the Hale Moot Court Honor Society.
Prior to being elected to the Superior Court, Najera was with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for almost thirty years. During that time she served on the Major Crimes Division, the Organized Crime, and Anti-Terrorist Divisions and the Hardcore Gang Unit. Over the course of her career with the D.A.'s office, she held several positions which included deputy district attorney, deputy-in-charge for their Bellflower office, and assistant head deputy for their Pomona office. In the mid-90's she was a part of the second team of prosecutors in the Menendez Brothers trial. The first trial of the two brothers, who were alleged to have brutally murdered their parents, resulted in a hung jury.