The Honorable Craig Richman

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 120

Biography

The Hon. Craig Richman is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2005 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Gregory O'Brien, Jr. (Ret.).

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Richman received his B.S. from Arizona State University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Richman had served as a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office since 1986. At the time of his appointment, he was assigned to the Central Trials Unit. Before that, Richman had served as the assistant head deputy for the Target Crimes Division.

In 2014, Judge Richman was acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground in the driveway of his home after she threw dog feces into the window of his car. The argument started after the woman, whom the judge did not know, refused to pick up a bag of dog feces that she had dropped on the ground. As the argument escalated, the judge told the woman that he was a police officer in an effort to deescalate the situation. Judge Richman rejected a plea agreement, instead choosing to go to trial to clear his name. If he had been convicted, he faced up to six months in jail.