Hon. Craig D. Karlan See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.2 - 14 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 6 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)
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Other

Comment #: CA12436
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
AGREED WITH:
Karlan doesn't read the papers filed, yet complains a lot that he has too much work.

CONTINUALLY hear him advising all in the courtroom- "its a broken system" in various wording.

I have witnessed him not reading the briefs our attorney has painstakingly prepared & we have been billed for by our attorney. We are the plaintiffs and have first hand witnessed the other bias mentioned:
" Furthering this prejudice, Karlan seems to operate by deciding which attorney or litigant he personally likes or wants to suck up to, and conforms hia rulings and demeanor accordingly."

I have sat in on our proceedings over the last two years of our case and continually been surprised about how Karlan is unprepared, considers the "blow-hard showboater" attorney rather than the actual facts of the case. Agreed, no complex case should be heard by him.
We have stuck by our attorney for the very reason that he operates within the law and the facts, and is a gentleman.

We should have changed Judges while we could. Who does not operate as one who should be sitting in such an esteemed position of importance. He needs to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12424
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Karlan is one of the best judges in Santa Monica Court. He's smart, evenhanded, knows the law, listens and is flexible to oral arguments. His gut instincts about people are superb. Perhaps his years in the DA's office honed his instincts. It sounds like someone on this board keeps posting the same sour grapes grievance with an axe to grind!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12398
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Karlan sure can sniff out the con artists! Fair & pleasant judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12391
Rating:2.2
Comments:
NEVER EVER show up in his court room without a Certified court reporter, otherwise you will verbally abuse the litigants, act as if he wrote the entire CA civil laws and for every case law you throw his way, he will have 2 more case laws to turn the argument toward his opinion. Clearly favors plaintiffs, NO matter how of a lying charlatan the opposing counsel might be using colorful lies. He does NOT like being told he is wrong hence any appeals or writ of execution will only anger him 100 times more. The man is NOT up to date with the latest case laws so immediately 170.6 him unless you like wasting your time with an arrogant man who really should NOT be on the bench!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12164
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Came to forewarn that Karlan seems to have intense animus against senior citizens, and then saw the other reviews stating Karlan was removed from probate due to complaints. Not surprising. Furthering this prejudice, Karlan seems to operate by deciding which attorney or litigant he personally likes or wants to suck up to, and conforms hia rulings and demeanor accordingly. Woe be unto you if you are in a demographic hated by this prejudiced fits-of-temper unprofessional judge. Karlan doesn't read the papers, yet complains a lot that he has too much work. Karlan was appointed (not elected) by infamously recalled Gray Davis, grew up in privileged Beverly Hills, and comes off as a spoiled insulated child. He should, as someone else stated, be removed from the bench, and perhaps seek employment in the private sector to get a sense of real world issues where there is also accountability for professional misconduct.

Other

Comment #: CA12018
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I don't see how j. Karlan craig d can still practice law when he practice bs in court??? are we short of good judges??? I am upset,,,

Other

Comment #: CA11649
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
non caring bias judge. when an authorize powerful judge (in this case judge Karlan) police officer or some priest abuse their power , its no different then being left in hands of a devil. its scary and ugly.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9688
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Karlan doesn't know the law and rules on a whim.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8755
Rating:8.8
Comments:
Good Judge.

First, the courtroom is jammed with cases, so motions are often set a year or more out. He may not specially set the motion either.

Second, he really dislikes complex cases, and if faced with one, may appoint a special master or other third party officer to deal with the case. So if you have a complex case, consider making it really simple for him to understand, and refer to it as a "simple case," even if there are 10 depositions and 1100 exhibits.

So if you have inferiority complex and have to refer to your cases as complicated, then you will miss your mark with this judge. Keep It Simple, Stupid is the motto.

He loves settlements and may refer you to a settlement officer repeatedly. It is futile to resist, so don't try. We went to three different officers multiple times, I think a total of over 6 MSCs.

He won't read a 20 page MP&A. Period. So write all the legally flowerly language you want, but he ain't gonna read it. Here's a tip: Pick out the 2-3 most important cases for your side and keep referring to these cases as the key to the case or a holy grail. Attach them. He doesn't need a three page discussion of the case--just a copy and 3-4 sentence blurb as to its holding and what it means.

Long oral argument will be equally unavailing. Refer to the 2-3 cases that win your case, and keep it simple. He might actually read them and come down in your favor.

The staff, I believe, talk about the lawyers and the cases with the judge, including settlement officers. So watch what you say, be polite, and act 100% professional around the courthouse. Its a small world.

Other

Comment #: CA8686
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
High moral character
ethical
healthy
compassionate
but very very legal

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8349
Rating:1.1
Comments:
so-called judge craig carlan is tottaly bias. he judges people faces and not who tells the truth,,therefore he shouldn't be a judge, because he hurts certain people that way. from my experience he hurt me bad. in my memory he is just a bum who makes too much money and holds a title that he does not deserve, he favors certain people, he shouldn't be the judge. the reason he is ignorant because he does not care.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7895
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Did you know he was appointed to the bench by ousted California Governor Gray Davis? Like Davis, Karlan also has a temper, and Davis was recalled just 11 months after he was elected in November 2002 to a second four-year term as California's governor.

Other

Comment #: CA7803
Rating:10.0
Comments:
fair.calm.kind.no nonsense.ethical

Other

Comment #: CA7802
Rating:10.0
Comments:
We appreciate the Judge for allowing the case brought by Ms. Huth against Bill Cosby to proceed!

Other

Comment #: CA7710
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
His arrogant disposition and treatment of others is awful. He makes rulings without even the slightest foundational support and believes his decisions are just and fair. He has no patience with the attorneys and continually ridicules both their arguments and submissions - he's a really bad example of a profession, who's entrusted with the publics best interests. And my belief... he should be removed from the bench immediately.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7011
Rating:3.1
Comments:
I whole heartedly agree with other comments; this judge does not read the papers and rules from his instincts and what he believes is fair, regardless of the law. It is clear from sitting in his courtroom (many times) on motions that he does not read the papers or try to dig into the facts if they are at all complicated (not only on my motions, but other motions I observed). His (research) clerk does all the tentative decisions, which he rarely changes. His rulings do not make sense. I've seen him ask questions that are clearly answered on the very first page of the Introduction to my motion.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5531
Rating:3.1
Comments:
Good demeanor and rapport with attorneys. Not very academic.

Other

Comment #: CA4950
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:9.8
Comments:
He is an excellent judge, who runs his courtroom well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3001
Rating:3.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA1854
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA1785
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:10.0
Comments:
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
Rating:8.5
Comments:
Fair and honest. Nice guy. Clearly overworked and burdened by job. He means well.