List of DCFS Judges

This is a list of judges at the Edelman Court in Monterey Park, California.  Monterey Park is located in East Los Angeles.  These are the men and women who reside over DCFS cases including those cases involving allegations child abuse or child neglect.

Please note – if you are being accused of child abuse or neglect contact an Attorney immediately.  These allegations are taken extremely seriously.

And if you know a child who is being abused please contact the Child Protection hotline immediately.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

  • Toll-free within California, phone (800) 540-4000
  • If calling from outside of California, phone (213) 639-4500
  • TDD [Hearing Impaired] (800) 272-6699

Note there is a difference between a Judge, an Assigned Judge, a Referee, and a Commissioner.

  • Judge:  Judges can be appointed by the Governor or elected into their office by the public.

  • Assigned Judge: Typically retired judges who can be brought back to preside over cases.

  • Referee: Appointed by the presiding judge to hear cases assigned to them.  They have the same powers and authority as a Juvenile Court Judge.  They are considered employees of the Court.

  • Commissioner:  Elected by the Superior Court Judges.  They are considered employees of the Court.

Note this list is current as of October 2017 and provided via Lacourt.org.  Please check with the Edelman Courthouse for the most up-to-date information on judges.

If you have a case in front of any of these judges contact an attorney to discuss your case, and ask if they have appeared before or know about these Judges.  Each Judge may handle different types of cases differently.

Name Title Location Dept Phone
Arakaki, Akemi Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 416 (323) 307-8016
Blackshaw, Julie Fox Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 412 (323) 307-8012
Blackwell, Nichelle L. Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 406 (323) 307-8006
Byrdsong, Kristen Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 422 (323) 307-8022
Castro, Emma Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 415 (323) 307-8015
Diaz, Rudolph A. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 419 (323) 307-8019
Downing, Marguerite D. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 407 (323) 307-8007
Draper, Robert S. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 411 (323) 307-8011
Greenberg, Victor H. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 420 (323) 307-8020
Henry, Margaret S. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 418 (323) 307-8018
Jaskol, Lisa R. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 402 (323) 307-8002
Levanas, Michael I. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 400 (323) 307-8030
Losnick, Debra L. Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 403 (323) 307-8003
Marpet, Stephen C. Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 410 (323) 307-8010
Menetrez, Frank J. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 405 (323) 307-8005
Navarro, Pete R. Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 413 (323) 307-8013
Nguyen, Kim L. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 401 (323) 307-8001
Padilla, Steff Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 421 (323) 307-8021
Soto, Philip L. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 408 (323) 307-8008
Stone, Natalie P. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 409 (323) 307-8009
Sullivan, Teresa Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 417 (323) 307-8017
Trendacosta, Anthony A. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 400 (323) 307-8030
Wada, Robert S. Commissioner Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 424
Wayser, Joshua D. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 423 (323) 307-8023
Whitaker, Michael E. Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 414 (323) 307-8014
Zeidler, Daniel Zeke Judge Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court 404 (323) 307-8004

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