Judge Catherine Pratt
Judge Catherine Pratt of the Succeeding Through Achievement and Resilience (STAR) Court, Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge Pratt has been an integral faculty member of the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking since its inception in 2014. Judge Pratt brings a high level of expertise to the Institute rooted in her experience in the STAR Court, a collaborative, victim-centered court that provides services to juveniles who have been commercially sexually exploited and are on probation for prostitution or related charges.
Judge Pratt was appointed as a commissioner in the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2006 and became a judge in 2016. She has been assigned to the juvenile delinquency court since July 2007 and in January 2012 began supervising the STAR Court.
Judge Pratt received a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of Southern California. She practiced law in the private sector, representing Wall Street firms, for ten years both in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She then worked in the Los Angeles dependency court, representing the Department of Children and Family Services. While at the County Counsel’s Office she also handled several class actions involving the adequacy and delivery of services by DCFS.
Click here to see Judge Pratt’s court featured in a video by the Compton Business Journal.
Click here to read a Los Angeles Times article on the STAR Court.