Hon. Darrell S. Mavis See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.3 - 4 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. Darrell S. Mavis


Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA24611
Negates the law instead of upholding. Good at twisting the truth.


Comment #: CA24521
Rating:Not Rated
Poor. Disappointing Supervising Judge in Pasadena defends misconduct of other judges. Will quote Codes of Civil Procedure, but NOT the one applicable to the case! If sub item (a) says what he wants to use, won't read sub item (b), that correctly identifies the situation. That is shamefully deceitful. Several judges at this location have been cited for "ruling against the law." This courthouse needs an "Operation Greylord!"

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10336
I have appeared in front of Judge Mavis several times on the defense side and I think he is very fair. He is one of the few judges that actually reads your motions and does the research to see if there is caselaw to support either side's arguments. He has even temperament and I have seen him suggest to the DA to dismiss cases that are factually weak.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10309
Judge Mavis is a misogynistic, racist, and biased individual who has no business on the bench. I cannot imagine a worse place for him than the criminal courts where thousands of people's lives and freedom are in his hands. His best attempt to resolve a felony trial is to call the attorneys to the bench and proceed to ask only the defense attorney why the case hasn't settled--He will harass, bully, and otherwise malign defense counsel in any way he can. During trial, he will go out of his way to ensure your client does not get a fair trial. If you happen to be a female defense attorney with experience, he will belittle and humiliate you every step of the way. He is arrogant, rude, and lacks the reqquired impartiality, intelligence, and demeanor required of any bench officer. There simply aren't enough 170.6 challenges that could be used against this man.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9703
If there had been a choice to give this poor excuse for a bench officer a lower number than "1" -- I would have. Each time I have been sent to him as a settling judge he only looks the DA in the eye -- never any eye-contact with me, he has made comments to the DA about how to win the case and tell me what terrible things I am doing to my client because "I could lose."
I tell him I don't want to even HAVE settlement discussions with him -- all he does is try to scare my clients to death. One became physically ill.
Each case this man has tried to settle, I have obtained acquittals. He is like some toxic serpent Pasadena makes you endure to get to trial. Stupid, mean-spirited, and not a SHRED of even-handedness. Not ONCE in ridiculous cases that should not have even BEEN FILED, did he turn to the DA and say "Seriously, this should be dismissed." Instead, he says,(to the unprepared DA: "I think you can get a continuance to find your witness under this, or that provision."
Just a detestable man.


Comment #: CA8760
Rating:Not Rated
Mavis comes off as caring and fair but he is your cookie cutter type man in a black robe. Part of the rigged system.