The Hon. Craig J. Mitchell is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005.
He is a registered Democrat.
Judge Mitchell graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with his bachelor's degree in 1978. After graduating from college, he continued his education by earning his teaching credentials.
Mitchell then taught school for 17 years. In 1987, he decided to attend law school and went on to earn his J.D. in 1991 from the Southwestern University of Law.
After graduating from law school, Mitchell entered into private practice for two years. T
hen, in 1994, Mitchell joined the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office where he remained until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2005. During his time as a prosecutor for the D.A.'s office, he served on the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit of which he founded. The unit had a prosecutorial focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. He also served in the Family Violence Division.
An avid runner, Judge Mitchell founded the Midnight Mission Running Club on Skid Row in 2001, after becoming involved with the Midnight Mission Shelter. The running club is a program set up to support those in the Skid Row community who have struggled with drug addiction and homelessness. In 2012, Mitchell founded the Skid Row Running Club, a nonprofit organization that was featured in a documentary at the 2017 L.A. Film Festival. The runners in the program have run in the Los Angeles Marathon, as well as in Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Judge Mitchell has also presided over mock trials as a part of the Constitutional Right's Mock Trial Program and was a keynote speaker for Touro University's College of Education and Health Sciences Public Health Program in 2017.