Hon. Barbara Ann Meiers See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.6 - 14 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Barbara Ann Meiers


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5779
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Should change her first name to "170.6," to be properly identified as "170.6 Meiers." Words that describe this judge would include: unintelligent, lazy, opinionated, snide, rude, nasty, and dumb. Will grant demurrer or summary judgment in clear violation of law, if doing so will help her clear her calendar. Never keep her on a case, ever, for any reason. Magic 8 Ball would be a better judge, since by pure happenstance, it might get a decision right on occasion - something Meiers cannot seem to manage.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5654
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Worst trial judge in my 20+ years of civil experience. This judge makes no effort to conceal which side she favors at trial. File your 170.6 asap and run for your life.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5612
Rating:10.0
Comments:
She slices through every Gordian knot like no one's business. Won't tolerate obstructionist tactics or bad-faith delays. No wonder all these guys hate her so much! She's an honest litigant's daydream.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5587
Rating:1.3
Comments:
obtuse; refuses to follow procedure, precedents, and law; lacks discrimination; gives "this is just to much to believe types of statements"; interrupts people talking; when there's a lawyer and pro se, she will not and refuses to make any decision that rests on law and procedure, esp. if the pro se is kicking the hell out of the corporate's position...; can't make a "right" decision; a gigantic ego, that's sure to make the wrong decision;

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5384
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The absolute worst judge imaginable. Really. The worst. She needs to step down.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5320
Rating:1.5
Comments:
I agree with all the other negative reviews. She's unintelligent, lacks knowledge of basic law (she didn't know what Form Rog 17.1 is), and it is blatantly obvious that she did not actually read any of the briefings. She doesn't give any reasoning behind her rulings except to say that "somebody has to lose." 170.6 at all costs.

Other

Comment #: CA4773
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge is a joke. If ever there was such a thing as a "kangaroo court," hers is number one.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4772
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge has a terrible demeanor. She often chooses sides without knowing all the facts. She claims to be aware of case details when she clearly isn't. She is inconsistent in her rulings, and makes up her own law. She does not follow the rules of civil procedure at times.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4770
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Meiers does not care about justice -- she picks sides, and that is all there is to it. She does whatever she wants, and how she has not been removed from office leaves us to wonder if the Judicial Performance Commission is actually effective at all, because they are suppose to police judges, and Judge Barbara Meiers is obviously not being watched.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4675
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge ruined my life. She permitted a plaintiff to attach my assets to the tune of $2.9 million, and allowed them to post a minimum $10,000 bond! I filed a motion to increase the bond amount that she clearly did not read and dismissed out of hand, and was then forced to pony up hundreds of thousands of dollars on attorneys to represent me in various matters, including filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy for my business, which was converted to Chapter 7 after I lost all my clients. My wife and I lost our entire investment in the business of over $2 million, and two of the four longtime employees I had to let go lost their houses because they couldn't get new jobs. The plaintiff lost on all counts against me, and now I get to collect $10,000 for "wrongful attachment." This judge should not be on the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA4539
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is a horrible judge, and plainly corrupt, since she sides with corporations illegally without showing any legal grounds for doing so. It is sad to have judges like this in the courthouse. She is a disgrace to the justice system.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3923
Rating:6.1
Comments:
She was pretty good when handling writs, but now she's back to her own calendar and not so good. She has a way of ignoring substance and procedure, and substituting her own rules and preferences, which at least she'll sometimes admit are "unorthodox." The only upside is that she'll sometimes completely change her mind for no apparent reason - after losing battle after battle you suddenly find yourself winning the war.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3574
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Not the sharpest tool in the courthouse. Often wrong on the law. She has an impressionistic view of cases and is rather unpleasant. Enter her courtroom at your own risk. I would much rather have a case in Judge Sohigian's courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3572
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not a competent judge--and angry and defensive about it. Rude and abrasive in trial. Bats less than .200 on objections and makes any trial into an ordeal. Shoots from the hip--and misses.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3331
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Worst judge ever. Although all elements were properly plead in the Complaint she did not give reasons as to why she sustained a demurrer without leave to amend and had the nerve to state that counsel did not have a right to ask her a question - including, "your honor on what basis are you sustaining these demurrers, did the complaint not satisfy the elements?"
She should sue her law school for breach of contract; she has no concept of the law. She is the most unintelligent judge and overall human being, who actually believes she is brilliant - the worst kind of idiot.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3268
Rating:3.3
Comments:
Strongly believes in her self importance. Rules based upon her personal opinions and beliefs, disregarding the law, precedent and the case facts. Agree with a published comment concerning Judge Meiers a few years ago -- "She should sue her law school for breach of contract."

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3112
Rating:2.6
Comments:
You can tell that she tries, but she just lacks the intellectual ability to be a good judge. She is unpredictable and consistently ignores the law in favor of what she "knows." Her court staff is also in disarray, and she relies on them heavily.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2400
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Judge Meiers is without a doubt the worst judge I have been in front in 21 years. She is extremely rude and abusive, makes no sense whatsoever, contradicts herself repeatedly, is extremely unfair, and is biased against plaintiffs. She should definitely not be on the bench. It is hard to imagine a judge performing worse on any level.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2320
Rating:9.0
Comments:
She is hearing writs now. She is intelligent and very perceptive. If you put something in your brief you can rest assured that she will have read it and thought about it before making her ruling. She can be a little irritable now and then, but she is respectful of counsel and doesn't hold a grudge if you disagree with her rulings in open court. Definitely one of the better judges in Los Angeles. I have no problem with appearing in her courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1299
Rating:7.2
Comments:
Judge Meiers is handling the caseload formerly covered by two courts, and based on my appearances before her she has a good handle on the docket. She will regularly raise issues at hearing that neither party raised, and while sometimes the issue will appear to be immaterial, it demonstrates that she does give real thought to the matters filed in her courtroom.