The Hon. Ernest M. Hiroshige is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court in 1980 by former governor Jerry Brown. Hiroshige was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 1982.
Hiroshige, who is of Japanese descent, was born in an Arkansas internment camp during World War II. After his family was released from the prison camp, Hiroshige would go on to become a child actor, appearing in small roles in several famous movies in the late 50s with the likes of Yule Brynner and Marlon Brando.
Judge Hiroshige graduated with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1967. He would go on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1970.
After graduating from law school, Hiroshige joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. During his time with the D.A.'s office, Hiroshige was assigned to the Consumer Protection Division.
Judge Hiroshige is one of the founding members of the Japanese American Bar Association. He has also served on the Los Angeles Minority Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater, the Center Theater Group, and the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Association, just to name a few.
His awards have included the 2011 Japanese American Bar Association Public Service Award and the 2017 Public Service Award from his alma mater UCLA.
In 2018 Judge Hiroshige was publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance in part for delegating some of his judicial duties to his courtroom clerk.
J.D. from University of California Hastings College of Law (1970)
B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1967) (Political Science)
Deputy District Attorney at Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles County, California (1971 to 1980)
Judge at South Bay Municipal Court in Los Angeles County, California (1980 to 1982)