Hon. Annabelle G. Cortez See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)


Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)
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Litigant

Comment #: CA15185
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Cortez cannot and does not explain her decisions. She merely rules for the plaintiff or the defendant without comment. She offers no basis for her decisions. Incapable by any measure.

Litigant

Comment #: CA15001
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Really good judge, who is very fair can see through attorney's BS.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14811
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Annabelle Cortez really very even-handed and a very fine judge. She does protect vulnerable litigants from being harmed by sketchy criminal people such as landlords who will rip them off and harass them. Judge Cortez protects the vulnerable, elderly, those of color, females. She is not corrupt, like so many judges, maybe this messes up some lawyers heads, because she will not go along and play the dirty games many lawyers/judges like to play and her hands are clean, when Judge Cortez leaves the courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14646
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I cannot stand the site of Judge Cortez. After watching her in court deciding issues I decided that she was a terrible judge. She must have been terrible lawyer too because this is where you first start. Most judges happen to have been bad lawyers with not many clients and hoping to become a judge for a salary and later pension. It's so obvious that this is what Cortez had in mind when seeking to be a judge. A bad public judge is just like a bad public school teacher. Hard to get rid of and good to stay away from.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14644
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As a women sick of the recent comment from a woman complaining about being mistreated by men, landlords- mostly men I guess. Well this is so generalized. I have been abused in general by "jealous women." Why should this woman get 1k for being struggling? I never asked for money by being abused by other woman. It's always about money to stupid people. Have pride in whatever gender or race that you are. Have pride and quit coming to these prejudiced courts and beg for some sort of dollar reward. You sound like some beggar. White people are just like any other people. Some are good some are not. Some of color are good some are not. You must have attended some public college or other school that spews this garbage and its just not right.

Other

Comment #: CA14568
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Honorable Annabelle G. Cortez, is one of the few fair and even handed judges left in the Los Angeles court system, who protects women, litigants who have been abused by abusive busisness men, landlords, men who have the power and money over them (even small claims litigants,deserve equal justice). For example, a $1,000.00 award to a struggling female, is like $1,000,000.00 to some, while only a drop in the bucket to the privileged.

Annabelle G. Cortez, understands how women, people of color and female victims have been mistreated by the (civil and family courts, by her fellow, privileged, white male (and female) judges who rule if favor of those who will help them politically, their equally privilged friends, other judges, male litigants and those with money and power.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14520
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I also agree with positive ratings. Annabelle Cortez should be commended for helping vulnerable litigants, females, the self represented and victims who have been unfairly impacted and damaged by dishonest rulings, dishonest people (this includes dishonest attorneys).

The reason most courtrooms and calendars are in turmoil, is because judges and their own self-inflicted disorderly conduct. Most judges do not fairly and properly apply the law. and are the biggest lawbreakers . They spend more time involved in improper conversations with other judges, improper conversations their favorite attorneys, while also wasting time worrying about their self interest and interests of their also disorderly cohorts. If more judges were like Annabelle Cortez, who will follows the law and advocates for those who have been victimized, the courts would not be descending into utter disarray and chaos.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14478
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
It would be nice if this judge smiled every once in a while. She is so gloomy and miserable looking. Why, I don't know. She gets a good salary, never needs to look for clients, and wow, at the end of the day a big pension. She should be happy. But, no, a big sour puss and so miserable. Do you want someone like this to decide your fate....

Litigant

Comment #: CA14460
Rating:Not Rated
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A Jerry Brown Appointee, what can you expect. Lazy leftest who has sympathy for the deadbeats while robbing hard working small business people. No wonder Calif. ranks low as a financially healthy state to reside. This deadbeat judge probably was a lousy student and got to be where she is due to her skin color and nothing more. She seems like a kiss ass too.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14459
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Cortez is one of those judges who was chosen to preside in court because she is a woman and Hispanic. She was assigned to Small Claims because she has a small brain. The dumbest judges get assigned here and to traffic court. Hard for the dummies to screw up but of course this dodo deserved an A-plus in mess ups.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14210
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Her decision was against what the law clearly states!

Other

Comment #: CA14209
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Waited over three weeks for her judgement to come in the mail. Is it possible she forget what happened in court by then?

Other

Comment #: CA13990
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I agree with comments that Judge Annabelle Cortez should be praised for helping vulnerable litigants, the unrepresented) and victims who have been unfairly impacted and damaged by dishonest rulings, dishonest landlords, dishonest people, dishonest attorneys and dishonest judges. More judges should be like Annabelle Cortez who will follow the law and advocate for those who have been victimized and she does not play games.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13984
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The fake litigants who give Annabelle Cortez high stars and high praise are fake. They are idiots, liars, and they are up that stupid judge’s ass. Probably her stupid friends or relatives, who are so lame they have nothing better to do. Whoever they are, they are the idiots. Not the negative reviewers, and they can fuck off and do society a favor and kill themselves. Anyone who gives Judge Annabelle Cortez a good review is STUPID, like these fake reviewers who get your bad review of her deleted for no reason.

Judge Annabelle Cortez is another Jerry Brown appointee, she is incompetent, abusive of power, and has no idea what she is doing. She is a detriment to the legal system and to justice, and a disgrace to California. She should be removed from the bench.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13962
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Some of the comments on here are accurate, about this wise choice of Judge Annabelle Cortez, by Gov. Jerry Brown. I am also grateful for judges such as Judge Annabelle Cortez, who use prudent judgement, to help those unjustly impacted and damaged by dishonest parties and also by dishonest judges.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13883
Rating:10.0
Comments:
10/10

Excellent Judge. Impartial, Intelligent & Wise.

Read the reviews carefully and you'll see many are people displeased because they lost. Judge Cortez is intelligent & fair judiciator who asks incisive questions and is able to see through people's dishonesty.

If you speak with anyone who goes into her courtroom regularly (eg. mostly business-sent attorneys & representatives), you'll find they all speak highly of her.

I am extremely grateful for her appointment and hope that she uses her prudent judgement to help many others who have been unjustly damaged or unfairly impacted by dishonest parties.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13591
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Extremely biased, sides with corporate conglomerates no matter how much evidence a plaintiff consumer presents, allows staff to be abusive (especially her bailiffs), interrupts plaintiff consumers and never lets them have their say, allows corporate defendant to interrupts plaintiff consumer.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12668
Rating:Not Rated
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Recently was in her court room. She looks completely frazzled as if she wants to bolt from the courtroom! She appears mental. Would not be surprised if she is next reassigned to some loon bin!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12605
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Are You Kidding Me, After 50 years dealing with people I have never run across a bigger Idiot than Annabelle Cortez, Wait I forgot to mention the Honorable Judge Cortez. A complete IDIOT, MENTALLY UNSTABLE, JERRY BROWN GIVES HER TENURE OMG SHE SHOULD BE GIVEN A 5150 EVALUATION A COMPLETE DISGRACE AND SHOULD RESIGN, HEARD SHE WAS TRANSFERRED TO PASADENA GOD HELP THE LIGITANTS. SHE IS A COMPLETE INCOMPETENT IDIOT. I COULD SAY MORE BUT WHY SHE GETS HER CHECK AND GOES HOME AND DESTROYES PEOPLES LIVES NICE JOB HONORABLE ANNAABELE CORTEZ

Litigant

Comment #: CA12601
Rating:Not Rated
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This dummy has been reassigned to Pasadena Superior Ct. from Alhambra. She is again trying Small Claims- for her small mind!! Adding now, unlawful detainers. This is WAAAAAAAY over her little puny pea brain. 170.6 and quick.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12423
Rating:Not Rated
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This Judge is an absolute Mental case. Awarded a Plantiff $10,000 on an AS-IS car sale that they paid $4000.00 for 2 Years ago. I think she should have a 5150 Mental evaluation.Luckily her Idiotic verdict was overturned on appeal by a temporary Attorney sitting in as a Judge Pro Tem. Please someone get this Idiot off the Bench. Thank you Jerry Brown for another wonderful decision appointing this NIT WIT.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12416
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The stupidest judge ever. After providing LAW and evidence of fraud against a real estate agency for their agents fraud, this moron was so incompetent that she failed to rule accordingly questioning why the real estate agency should be held liable if the agent is a 1099 when there is actual law that holds the agency liable. Even after filing an SC-108 it landed again on this morons desk, and after chewing it down and spoon feeding it to her in a nice thick package neatly tabbed out, she again denied the request with no explanation on how she reached her idiotic decision. This clown thinks she owns the court room with NO regard for the law. An embarrassment to the judicial system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12397
Rating:Not Rated
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This Judge is an imbecile. Typical California Judge just looking out for the Victims whether they are right or wrong. Nit Wit is a compliment to this Retard.

Other

Comment #: CA12305
Rating:Not Rated
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When you listen to this judge, you get the immediate idea that she is over her head and hasn't a clue as to what to do. Learned she isn't. She gets easily confused. If you are assigned to her court immed. ask to be reassigned or your fate is with a fool.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11962
Rating:Not Rated
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Sat in her Small Claims court and witnessed the most appalling decision making or lack thereof. She is a super duper idiot. Pathetic. She should be reported to the Presiding Judge of this courthouse for being a misfit. Felt very sorry for the litigants. She needs to look into the mirror and accept the fact that she is in the wrong profession. I can envision her working at the 99Cent Store stocking shelves!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11932
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
She does small claims court- you know the ones that take 10-minutes to get screwed over. Therefore this is a court for dummy judges

Litigant

Comment #: CA11930
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A total misfit. Not sure how she became a judge but it's probably politics as usual. Not sure how long she even practiced as an attorney but she is a dimwit and should be removed. IF you happen to get her as a judge file a 170.6 which means getting rid of her!

Other

Comment #: CA9988
Rating:Not Rated
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Not too bright. Just goes along with what the county counsel says.No back bone to stand up to social workers.

Other

Comment #: CA9741
Rating:Not Rated
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She had absolutely no idea what she is doing! Her opinion is that of her court attorney. Shes completly enept and should never have been placed on the bench!! She not only lies but her courtroom is out of control and unprofessional. If shes your judge...BEWARE...she cares nothing about the law. Shes stated she "does what she wants in her courtroom"