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Judge Leland H. Tipton Sets July 31 Retirement


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Los Angeles Superior Court Judge


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leland H. Tipton will retire from the bench July 31, after nearly 30 years of service, the MetNews has learned.

Tipton, 75, said yesterday that he intends to do “as little as possible,” as a retiree, turning to hobbies. He related that he plans to write on historical topics and enroll in painting classes.

The judge noted that he enjoys gardening but has had little time for it, and remarked:

“Maybe I’ll finally get my front yard in shape.”

He said he might also join his wife, Mary Ann Tipton, in volunteer work for Democratic candidates.

Tipton has spent his entire judicial career in the Bellflower Courthouse, where he is the site judge. He was hired in 1987 as a court commissioner, and continued in that capacity until he took office as a Los Cerritos Municipal Court judge in 1997, having won the seat in the previous year’s primary election.

In 2000, he became a Superior Court judge, through trial court unification.

Tipton served as a deputy Los Angeles public defender from 1971-87.

He was admitted to the State Bar on Jan. 16, 1967, having received his law degree the previous year from UCLA, but did not go directly into law practice. He served with his wife in the Peace Corps in Uganda from 1967-70, and was a teacher in there from 1970-71.

He is a past president of the Cerritos Optimists Club.


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