The Honorable David S. Wesley

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. David S. Wesley (Ret.) was a judge for the Los Angles County Superior Court in California, he retired in August of 2017. He was succeeded by the Hon. Carolyn B. Kuhl.

He received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 1972.

After law school, Wesley served as a deputy public defender for Los Angeles County for nine years. In 1991 he joined the law firm of Overland, Berke, Wesley, Gits, Randolph, and Levanas as a partner. In 1992 Wesley co-founded the Teens Courts, a program that affords first-time juvenile offenders of minor crimes the opportunity to avoid the justice system, and instead, face a jury of their peers.

Wesley became a hearing judge for the State Bar Court in 1993 and served in that capacity for two years. In 1995 he joined the Los Angeles County Superior Court as a court commissioner where he served until taking the bench on the Superior Court in 1997. While on the bench, Wesley served in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court from 1997-2000. He became Assistant Supervising Judge in 2001, and Supervising Judge in 2003 for the same court.

In 2009, then-Chief Justice Ronald M. George appointed Wesley to the Judicial Council of California for a 3-year term.

He served on several judicial and superior court committees over the course of his 45-year career.

Wesley has also been recognized by the Criminal Courts Bar Association, California Law Review Commission, California Law Revision Commission, and the Los Angles Civil Grand Jury for his service over the years.

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