Bio – Judge Mitchell for Los Angeles District Attorney


public service is a marathon, not a sprint

For 45 years, Judge Craig Mitchell has served our community and fought crime in Los Angeles.

Since his first day as a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, Craig Mitchell has been fighting crime in Los Angeles. In his 20 years he has never had a conviction overturned. When he served as a Deputy District Attorney, during his last years as a prosecutor, Mitchell tried more murder cases than any other prosecutor in Los Angeles.

Judge Craig Mitchell, unlike his opponents, has spent his career upholding the law as a Judge – not as a lawyer representing criminals. Judge Craig Mitchell is a crusader for justice.


Nearly 20 years ago, in 2005, Judge Craig Mitchell was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

Mitchell has since presided over numerous high-profile cases and has become known for his commitment to rehabilitation and restorative justice.


Prior to serving as a Superior Court Judge, Mitchell served as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney for more than a decade, prosecuting murders, sexual predators, and child abusers. 

Mitchell tried more murder cases in his final years as a Deputy District Attorney than any other prosecutor in Los Angeles. He fought for victim’s rights.


For 17 years, Judge Mitchell taught high school in Los Angeles – 10 years at Serra High School, five years at Crenshaw’s Continuation High School, and two years at Wilson High School in El Sereno. 

Mitchell learned that students could achieve any goals they set for themselves when equipped with solid academic skills. While working as a teacher, he took night classes at Southwestern Law School.


The Judge is well known for founding the Skid Row Running Club thirteen years ago. The Skid Row Running Club takes individuals suffering from homelessness and addiction and moves them into permanent housing and long term sobriety. The club brings together runners from all walks of life to train for marathons and other races, promoting physical fitness, mental health, and community building. He is known affectionately as “The Judge.”  A documentary featuring the Judge can be viewed here.


The Judge received the LA County Bar Association Community Service Award, the Mexican American Bar Association Community Service Award, the Langston Bar Association Community Service Award, the SHARE Community Service Award, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Service Award, and was named a CNN Hero.

Judge Mitchell is married to Juliet Ingram, who taught for 35 years in LAUSD, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

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