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Audrey Collins

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Audrey Collins
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Current Court Information:
California Second District Court of Appeal
Title:   Associate justice
Salary:  $207,463
Appointed by:   Gov. Jerry Brown
Active:   8/2014-1/2015
Preceded by:   Steven Suzukawa
Past post:   Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Past chief:   2009-2012
Past term:   5/1994-8/2014
Personal History
Born:   1945
Hometown:   Chester, PA
Undergraduate:   Howard University, 1967
Law School:   University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1977
Grad. School:   American U., M.A., 1969
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  2nd District Court of Appeal
Position:  Retention
State:  California
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014

Audrey B. Collins is an associate justice of the California Second District Court of Appeal. She was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown on June 28, 2014. After confirmation by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments, she replaced Steven Suzukawa on August 1, 2014.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many She is running for retention in 2014.[1]

Prior to her appointment, she was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She joined the federal court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She became chief judge of the Central District of California in 2009 and served in that position until October 2012.[2][3]



See also: California judicial elections, 2014
Collins is running for retention to the 2nd District Court of Appeal. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.[1]


Collins graduated from Howard University with her bachelor's degree in 1967 and graduated from American University with her master's degree in 1969. She received a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 1977.[2]

Professional career

  • 1992-1994: Lead assistant district attorney
  • 1988-1992: Assistant director of central and special operations
  • 1987-1988: Head deputy, Torrance Branch Office
  • 1992: Deputy general counsel, Office of the Special Adviser to the Los Angeles Police Department Board of Commissioners
  • 1977: Assistant attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Greater Los Angeles[2]

Judicial career

Central District of California

On the recommendation of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, Collins was nominated by President Bill Clinton on January 27, 1994, to a seat vacated by Robert Bonner, as Bonner resigned from active judicial service. Carter was confirmed by the Senate on May 6, 1994, on a majority voice vote and received commission on May 9, 1994.[4] Collins took senior status in October 2012 and retired from the court on August 1, 2014.[2]

Second District Court of Appeal

Collins received an appointment to a state intermediate appellate court on June 28, 2014, when Gov. Jerry Brown chose her for the California Second District Court of Appeal, Division Four. She joined the court on August 1, 2014.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

Notable cases

Billboards lawsuit (2009)

     United States District Court for the Central District of California (World Wide Rush LLC et al v. Los Angeles City of et al, 2:07-cv-00238-ABC -JWJ)

Judge Collins was the presiding judge in a highly charged lawsuit involving World Wide Rush LLC and the City of Los Angeles. The lawsuit claimed that the City of Los Angeles wrongfully refused permits to approve billboards in the city. The judge disallowed the lawsuit on the basis that there was not enough evidence World Wide Rush could use to overcome reasonable doubt.[5]

In the news

Stance on judicial pay

In the fall of 2009, Judge Collins expressed concern that the federal courts were losing judges due to increased caseload and low wages. She pointed out that the Central District of California had lost eight judges since 1998, seven of whom resigned to take higher paying jobs. She urged the enactment of Senate Bill 1653, the Federal Judgeship Act of 2009, which would have authorized additional judgeships in the circuit. She also strongly recommended that judicial compensation be increased.[6][7][8] The bill however did not pass the house and never went to a vote in the U.S. Senate.[9]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Bonner
Central District of California
Seat #11
Succeeded by:

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