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Derek Guy Johnson

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Derek Guy Johnson
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Current Court Information:
Superior Court of Orange County, California
Title:   Judge
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Gray Davis
Active:   2000-2021
Preceded by:   Cecil Hicks
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   1989-2000
Past post 2:   Attorney, Thrifty Corporation
Past term 2:   1987-1989
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Santa Clara University
Law School:   University of San Diego
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Orange County Superior Court
Position:  Office 20
State:  California
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  6/3/2014
Primary vote:  61.3%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014

Derek Guy Johnson is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. He competed in the June 3, 2014 primary election and was re-elected to a term that begins January 5, 2015 and expires on January 4, 2021.[1][2]

Johnson was first appointed by former governor Gray Davis in March 2000 to succeed Cecil Hicks. He was re-elected in 2008.[3][4][5]



See also: California judicial elections, 2014
Johnson ran for re-election to the Orange County Superior Court.
Primary: He was elected in the primary on June 3, 2014, receiving 61.3% of the vote. He competed against Helen Hayden.


Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from the University of San Diego.[6]


  • 2000-2015: Judge, Superior Court of Orange County
  • 1989-2000: Attorney in private practice
  • 1987-1989: Attorney, Thrifty Corporation
  • 1979-1987: Deputy district attorney, Orange County District Attorney's Office[5]

In the news

Admonishment for rape sentence

In December 2012, Johnson was admonished by the California Commission on Judicial Performance for violating his impartiality during a rape sentencing in 2008. After being convicted by a jury of seven counts, Judge Johnson determined that the criminal receive only six years in prison, instead of the sixteen sought by the prosecutor. When that decision was questioned by the prosecutor, Judge Johnson said,

If someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case.[4][7]

Read the full transcript of the conversation between attorney and judge [here].[4]

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