LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The U.S. Senate today confirmed President Joe Biden's nomination of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Sherilyn Peace Garnett to serve as a federal judge for the Central District of California.
Garnett will preside over matters in the downtown L.A. federal courthouse. Garnett has served as a Superior Court judge since her appointment by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2014. She presided over misdemeanor and felony criminal matters, including more than 30 trials.
From June to October 2016, she served as a justice pro tem on the California Court of Appeal for the Second District, and also served on the Superior Court's community outreach and diversity committees.
Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court bench, from 2001 to 2014, She previously spent 13 years as a federal prosecutor in the Central District, handling cases involving drug trafficking, violent and organized crime, child exploitation, arson, fraud, money laundering, explosives and destructive devices, aviation security, false bomb and anthrax threats, and threats made against the president and protected dignitaries.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, she was in private practice, handling civil matters including insurance law, contract disputes and product liability. Garnett received her bachelor's degree from UC Riverside in 1991, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1995. She fills the vacancy that arose when the late U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real assumed senior status in November 2018.