The Honorable Layne H. Melzer

Orange County Superior Court

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Layne Melzer is a judge of the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on June 28, 2016, to succeed Judge Linda Lancet Miller. Although his judicial position is nonpartisan, Melzer is a Republican. Melzer won the primary election on June 5, 2018.

Melzer received a bachelor's degree from California State University-Northridge and a J.D. from the University of California-Davis School of Law. Prior to joining the superior court, Melzer had been an attorney at the Rutan & Tucker law firm since 1987


  • Bachelor's from California State University-Northridge
  • Juris Doctor from University of California-Davis School of Law


  • Attorney at Ratuan & Tucker (1987 to 2016)