Hon. Ruth Ann Kwan See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.3 - 13 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 5 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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What others have said about Hon. Ruth Ann Kwan


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Other

Comment #: CA5941
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I knew there was something seriously wrong with this women when I heard she actually was siding with Abby Lee Miller in the case involving Paige Hyland. A thirteen year old girl who was abused for all the world to see on Lifetime TV.Yet this Moran who obviously can't see, has no problem with a 5 hundred pound women threatending and screaming at a little girl. Where ever it is this women (NOT HONORABLE IN ANY WAY)came from she needs to go back! To what ever country she came from. We punish people in America who abuse our children!! Go back home!! We don't want your type here!!! What more could I say my rating should say it all!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5542
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Useless pustule. Shortly after the case was filed she made an arbitrary and erroneous ruling. Rather than correcting herself (something that both sides gave her ample opportunity to do) she spent the rest of the case making tortured, incomprehensible, contradictory rulings to support her initial position. Both sides spent tens of thousands of dollars with various motions urging her to correct her position to no avail.

She is an embarasment to the bench and a genuinely distasteful human being. Expect to be belittled, yelled at and frustrated. Expect her to be unprepared and to waste your time and your client's resources. Expect to use her incompetence as fodder at cocktail parties for the rest of your career.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5541
Rating:1.0
Comments:
After having encountered another poor judge who denied my TRO without reading my paperwork and then misapplyed the law to favor a city attorney, I presented a new motion to Judge Kwan on July 16, 2014 wherein I set forth conclusive proof that the city attorney had filed false documents to win the prior TRO hearing. I showed that the signature on the declaration filed by the city attorney had been forged and I requested that Judge Kwan rule in my favor or require the city attorney to produce the alleged affiant for oral examination and for a handwriting sample. The city attorney was nervous, but not to worry, she denied my motion without argument. The city attorney said nothing. The hearing lasted all of 45 seconds after having me wait for 2 1/2 hours to be called. I do not believe she read any of the pleading I submitted. She decided the matter in favor of the city by saying that the city had no obligation to bring in the affiant even though the city submitted a declaration that was later determined to be forgery. When I told her that this was an emergency (I had no water service) she told me to file a motion for reconsideration, which I cannot do since the prior motion was heard in May, 2014, well past the 10 day limit for reconsideration. She either knew that or she was blowing smoke, or both. She is anti-pro per, and very slick. She was looking for a way to rule against me, and she did. Had the roles been reversed and I had submitted a forged declaration, she would have acted to correct the matter. She needs to be disciplined or removed, but I don't see it coming.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5492
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judicial temperament.
Horrible temper.
Refusal to apply law.
Unfair; unwilling to listen to arguments of both sides.
Rude to counsel and parties.
Inconsiderate of parties and counsel.
Does not know the law, and unwilling to learn.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5383
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
There is something terribly wrong with this judge. She is absolutely nuts. She is worse than Sohigian, worse than Elizabeth Feffer. Possibly the worst judge in LASC Central.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5212
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Possibly THE worst judge in LASC Central if not the entire County now that Sohigian finally retired. She is rude, mean spirited and a bully. Knows absolutely NOTHING about civil procedure. Her background is criminal law but was booted from the criminal courts for ordering a defendant shackled over nothing. I will NOT 170.6 anyone in Central for fear of getting her. THE absolute worst. NO redeeming qualities whatsoever. Cannot believe she is allowed to remain on the bench

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3779
Rating:1.1
Comments:
By far the worse judge that I have encountered in 25 years of litigation. She is completely biased towards defendants and will issue rulings that are completely unsupported by the evidence. During our trial, it was clear that she had engaged in ex parte discussions with defense counsel in determining how to undermine our case. Judge Kwan should be removed from the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2582
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Kwan epitomizes all that is wrong with the legal system and causes average citizens to lose faith in it. She is totally incompetent and rude. Repeatedly wasted our time and that of our lawyer. She was incredibly rude and condescending to plaintiffs, gave undue weight to paper thin and inconclusive evidence submitted by the defendant to apportion settlement proceeds and made totally gratuitous and insulting statements in a pro-forma minor settlement approval case where a defendant's product injured a small child in front of her parents. If there is a way to remove her from the bench let me know. I will be first in line.

Other

Comment #: CA2507
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Terrible judge. She was notified that the defendants were not licensed by the Cal. Department of Real Estate, but she ruled in their favor and dismissed the complaint with prejudice in a property mortgage foreclosure lawsuit. Now there will be a motion for mistrial to prohibit her ruling from taking effect.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2466
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Easily one of the worst judges in the Los Angeles Superior Court System. Uses her own set of rules. Little knowledge of the actual rules of practice. A bully, rude and demeaning. Oddly, she never takes the bench unless for trial. Hides in chambers and avoids allowing any of her madness to be on the record.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2417
Rating:2.4
Comments:
One word: awful. She doesn't understand the law or approach cases with an open mind. She tries to impose her will on the lady of justice.

Other

Comment #: CA2359
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible judge. Very unfair. She had no courtesy or fairness. Very un professional. She made us lose a very big case. After msc with her the losing party out of no where did some new tricks and won the case. We assume she helped them with the case. Was talking to other party for one hour alone. Didn't even see me once. Without listening to our side of story . Or even see me. It eas very unfair. A nightmare. I never forget this horrible lady. After msc with her. The plaintiff didn't wnt to settle , not vn give any offers to settle. Plaintiff took different way of approach. Won the case . We don't know what she told them for one hour lone. But that was the turning point of the case.
She didn't, evn see me to hear my side of story. I felt very upset and disappointed. Lost a winning case. To a crook fraudulent Chinese supplier. Who didn't even had a real company in USA. It's really sad that obviously we have no hard evidence that she helped and adviced the other side. Horrible. Horrible. Horrible. Unfair unfair unfair.
This is least I can do. Lost $400k. Beware. Of this judge. 170.6 is not enough. She should be penalized if she gives advise to other parties.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1961
Rating:1.0
Comments:
TERRIBLE! She tried to force settlement throughout. Failed to follow Court of Appeal orders, and failed to understand/follow statutory and common law. She is disorganized and tries to do as much as she can off the record and in her chambers. DO NOT HESITATE TO 170.6!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1879
Rating:1.5
Comments:
I join in the other negative reviews. This is the worst judge I have ever experienced in my entire trial carrier spanning over 25 years, in over 100 trials and binding arbitrations, throughtout the United States. Definite 170.6.

Litigant

Comment #: CA1712
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Great and very smart judge! Spend her time reading the motions! She will not tolerate mikky mouse cases, as she value her time. Those of you who wants to use the justice for the personal benefit should stay away from this courtroom.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1605
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I loathe this judge. She is horrific in every aspect of her being. She is unpleasant, unprepared and unforgiving. What a worthless combination of molecules.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1498
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Just awful. Won't listen during oral argument, interrupts counsel, and lets her clueless clerks run the courtroom while she cools her heels for an hour while costing your client money. What a joke.

Other

Comment #: CA1149
Rating:3.0
Comments:
She even tries to push and bully her own family. Difficult and nosy. Likes to intimidate people. I have personally known her to make mean and snide comments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1105
Rating:1.5
Comments:
It does not matter how good an attorney you are or how well you represent your client. She's just putting in the least amount of work she thinks she can get away with so she can collect her salary. Horrible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA356
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Beware of this judge. She handles most matters in chambers where she tries to bully counsel into submission off the record. Doesn't thoroughly read motions if she does read them at all. She substitutes her own rules for the Rules of Civil Procedure, especially with regard to discovery motions. She has a criminal law background and very little understanding of civil litigation. She is also extremely combative in chambers. I would not hesitate to 170.6 this judge in the future. She is very unprofessional.