Hon. Patrick J. Hegarty See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.7 - 3 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* 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)

What others have said about Hon. Patrick J. Hegarty


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8386
This Judge retired already and is back to double dip the Court system. You would think by his dress and demeanor that he was already on vacation in Cabo. He is habitually late and overly jocular with the gallery of his courtroom. Plus, he in charge of quick disposition cases and literally tries to get 100% to plea by removing any chance of penalty. I guess if I had a client looking for a plea he is good, but God help us if there is a serious offender in front of him. Oh, and he like to help the prosecution at the preliminary hearing if you don't take his open plea. He really is a red hot mess.


Comment #: CA6137
Not just pro-defense, but at times hostile towards the prosecution. Every defense attorney pleads open to him because he gives defendants slaps on the wrist, even for very serious crimes.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2642
The best judge I have ever personally appeared in front of. He is reasonable and kind. He is a man of integrity. He listens and caused me to believe that a fair judiciary does exist!