Hon. Craig D. Karlan See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.9 - 5 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Craig D. Karlan


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5531
Good demeanor and rapport with attorneys. Not very academic.


Comment #: CA4950
This judge appeared surprised during a motion hearing by a very clear statement that our lawyer made to him during the hearing about the contract at issue. His ruling confirmed that he either had not read or possibly did not understand our lawyer's motion and reply papers. If any lawyer were to make such a mistake in private practice, they would not just lose the client but would also be sued for malpractice. It's nice to be a judge, I guess...if you don't care.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4697
He is an excellent judge, who runs his courtroom well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3001
He is rude, abrasive, and a bully, particularly to young, female attorneys. If he doesn't hear the exact sentence or words he wants, he belittles you.


Comment #: CA1854
Hi is the most ignorant judge I have ever dealt with. He rules without any regard to law and uses a sniff test to rule on any issue. He does not have the Judicial temperament.He does not rule on evidence and rules based on accusations by the opposing party. When we filed a motion to disqualify him, he even got more angry and opposed the motion and did not allow the disqualification to be heard by the PJ or another judge. I have spoken to several other attorneys and they all agree with my view and they were happy to see that Karlan was removed from hearing probate cases.


Comment #: CA1785
He has violated court rules and law. For instance, he once issued a civil harassment restraining order based on a whim feeling that the rape/forgery victim harassed the rapist/forger. It should have been a domestic violence TRO filing but there was no violence committed by the victim. So instead, he allowed a civil TRO to be filed and issued against the rape victim for the rapist believing the rapists's false claims about accessing a joint bank account and a jointly owned EBay account. What a dishonorable ruling. Don't vote for this guy next time around. He ran unopposed in 2010 and that is outrageous. He really doesn't see the truth before him. He assumes, somehow, psychically, like on that TV Show THE PROFILER, that he instinctively knows you did it even though there is no evidence just accusations by an interested party. He is willing to trash your life and reputation. By the way, this judge was given access to read the official letter written by a medical doctor stating the rapist/forger/winner of the case was on loads of psychiatric medication and had suicidal ideations, yet stil, he refused to grant protection to the rapist/victim/loser of the case. Vote him out of office or provide any evidence of wrongdoing you can of this judge to get him off the bench. Be brave and be truthful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1133
Case loads are on over-load. Yet, by start of trial, there is no sense of pressure or haste in the process. He is as even-handed and even-tempered as a Judge can be. He reads everything so keep it short and to the point. He views the evidence in lay terms and has a sharp mind applying correct legal principle. His staff is loyal, competent, and fond of their Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA392
Fair and honest. Nice guy. Clearly overworked and burdened by job. He means well.