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CJP Publicly Admonishes Judge Lillian Vega Jacobs


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Los Angeles Superior Court judge

The Commission on Judicial Performance yesterday publicly admonished Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lillian Vega Jacobs based on her conviction for drunk driving.

Vega pled guilty on Nov. 16 in Orange Superior Court of driving under the influence of alcohol and was placed on three years of probation. She had been arrested by Anaheim police on Aug. 16.

The commission said:

“Judge Jacobs’s unlawful action in driving under the influence of alcohol, being convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit demonstrates a serious disregard of the principles of personal and official conduct embodied in the Code of Judicial Ethics, including failure to observe high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary will be preserved (canon 1); failure to respect and comply with the law and act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of the judiciary (canon 2A); and failure to conduct her extrajudicial activities so that they do not demean the judicial office (canon 4A(2)). ‘Public confidence in the judiciary is eroded by irresponsible or improper conduct by judges.’ (Canon 2A advisory committee commentary.) Judge Jacobs’s unlawful conduct was also prejudicial to the administration of justice and brought the judicial office into disrepute within the meaning of article VI, section 18, subdivision (d) of the California Constitution.”

Vega was appointed to the bench on Nov. 12, 2014, by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. She was then senior partner at Jacobs and Vega PLC in Fullerton. She was in partnership with her husband, Robert F. Jacobs, an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Superior Court in 2020.

She was a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from 1999-2005. Her law degree is from UCLA.


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