Criminal Courts
Bar Association

CCBA is pleased to announce its December MCLE Webinar!

Judges' Night

Judge Ohta to Explain 2022

"Normalization of Operations Work Plan"

Historically our December general meeting has been “Judges’ Night” where we invite the Criminal Court’s Judges to attend for an evening of friendly banter and holiday good cheer. Banter and cheer will have to wait for there’s work to be done.

As 2022 looms the courts are devising a plan applicable to all courts to get up to speed in an organized way.

Judge Ohta, who was supervising judge of the criminal court when COVID began, has been brought back to oversee the “Normalization of Operations Work Plan.”

He has agreed to speak to us and explain what its aims are and how it will work.

The Hon. Sam Ohta is the supervising judge for the criminal division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Municipal Court in 1998 by former governor Pete Wilson. He was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court in 2000. Judge Ohta received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1985. He went on to receive his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 1989. After graduating from law school, Ohta joined the law firm of Jones, Day Reavis, and Pogue in 1989 as an associate. In 1991 he became a deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. He joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1994 as a deputy district attorney. He was serving as a prosecutor for the D.A.’s office at the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court in 1998.

A friend to CCBA, Judge Ohta has attended and spoken to our group on various occasions.

If you want to get a jump on 2022 you should make a point to attend. “Change is in the air.”


Tuesday December 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


There is no fee for CCBA members for this event.

There is a $25 fee for non-CCBA members for this event.

Please purchase your ticket via the link below:


After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an email containing the Zoom registration link for the Webinar. Please use the Zoom registration link to register for the Webinar. After registering, you will receive an email with information on joining the Zoom Webinar. Please do not share your Zoom registration link.


Up to one hour of MCLE participatory credit will be provided by certificates sent to attendees of the event via the email used to register.


Reminder: CCBA will continue to offer meetings with participatory MCLE credit for the Los Angeles Criminal Defense community throughout the rest of 2021. Become a member of CCBA today for access to free meetings. Non-members will be required to purchase a ticket for $25 per meeting.



2021 Awards Dinner Postponement

President's Message

To CCBA’s Membership:

First, I want to thank all who participated in the survey and/or provided comments on the Awards Dinner.

Your input made it easier for the Board to reach a determination that is best for the CCBA and the safety of our members.

The September 25, 2021 Awards Dinner has been rescheduled. The new date is to be determined.

The awardees have been notified and understand the situation.

To refresh your recollection the current slate of awardees is:



Deputy District Attorney Robert L. Grace, Jr.


Honorable Charlaine F. Olmedo


Attorney Frank P. Duncan


Attorney Karen L. Goldstein


Ezekiel P. Perlo/Directing Attorney, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program



The Criminal Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, including its Judges, Judicial Assistants, Court Reporters, Bailiffs, and Interpreters

Note: Only one award will recognize efforts expended in 2020. The criminal courts and all staff will be recognized for keeping the criminal courts open throughout the pandemic.

Judge Olmedo joked when told about the delayed event, “Can I tell people I’ve been CCBA’s judge of the year for 3 years running?” I am glad someone still has a sense of humor!

We will continue our monthly Zoom meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Look for our September 14th meeting announcement soon to come.

I hope we can all get together and celebrate our profession next year.


Carey Caruso

President of CCBA


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