Hon. Upinder Kalra

Judge LASC Judicial Perspective

Judge Kalra presides over Department 51, an independent calendar court (IC), at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Judge Kalra graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign with a BA in Political Science and Speech Communication in 1986, and graduated from UCLA School of Law in 1989. For five years he was a public defender with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and then for 15 years with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office. In 2010, Judge Kalra was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. He was assigned to the Criminal Division for nine years where his last assignment was felony trials. In 2020, Judge Kalra was assigned to the Civil Division. In addition, Judge Kalra has sat by assignment in the Second District Court of Appeal in 2018, 2021 and 2022 where he authored 41 appellate opinions and participated in over 100 appellate decisions.

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