Hon. Randy Rhodes See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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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. Randy Rhodes



Comment #: CA16428
Judge Rhodes would not give a disabled defendant to make any statements. He awarded a Skilled Nursing Facility who was caring for her father. money they do not deserve. Department of Health Services substantiated the defendant's claim for Elder Neglect. The Defendant wanted The Department of Health Services to investigate and was not given the opportunity to make that request. Also the defendant was illegally served court documents. The defendant was 2 weeks post surgery and on a heavy does of pain medication and not capable to accept the documents. Judge Rhodes would not hear it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13732
He took the bench 45 minutes late. He gave legal advice to the opposing attorney. He did not know the law and was unwilling to be educated. He also continued to berate/be nasty to counsel as counsel was leaving the courtroom for some unknown reason. He appears to make up his own law in disregards the CCP.


Comment #: CA12598
Judge Rhodes saved my life on Jan. 6,1998. He sentenced me to 6 months in county JAIL. A veteran Judge who has seen it all knew the road I was trudging. On my way to death for sure, he knew I was lost and a full blown drug addict. After being hauled away by the bailiffs for my disrespectful outbursts, he came back and gave me the speech of a lifetime. A total blessing I ran into that man on that gloomy Monday morning in January. I've since told him the impact he'd had on my life. GOD BLESS HON. RANDY RHODES.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA11616
Violated client rights in regard to bail by modifying bail as a discovery sanction. Terrible judicial temprament. "One of those judges" who has a god complex.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9791
He can take a 3 day trial and turn it into 30. He has an overinflated view of his abilities which are marginal. One of his tricks is to ask counsel if they mind that he brings sweets to the jury everyday. He appears to do this to ingratiate himself to the jury. Because he doesn't hesitate to let them know who he thinks should prevail. One of the worst judges I have seen in over 30 years of trying cases. But, he does do it with a smile on his face.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9749
Good temperament; my only complaint is that he made objections on his own accord where the defense counsel did not object; I felt he did so more than he needed to

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA8525
If you are the defendant and white this is the judge for you. I have never heard a judicial officer make so many racist innuendos on and off the bench. Where is the judicial counsel, where is the presiding judge, this judge is a disgrace to our profession.


Comment #: CA6691
I have dealt with judges within the judicial system for almost 40 years. I must say that I find Judge Rhodes to be patient with all sides of a case; it is obvious he reads all documents given to him for consideration and he is extremely fair. I was a litigant in his court and even though he ultimately ruled against me, I understood the reasoning behind his decision.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA6466
Rating:Not Rated
This judge is clearly a victim of childhood bullying.
His power trip and inability to do the right thing even when required by law is in your face. He does not follow law and seems to make it up as he goes along. Hes a joke w a major attitude.


Comment #: CA6326
Re: my post on Hon. Randy Rhodes;
I would like to state my AMAZING Attorney
ESQ. Magda Madrigal with EDN had no knowledge or input in regard to my post here. What I state are the facts and yes some opinion. It is how I feel due to very poor choices and gross rulings by " your honor" Randy Rhodes. My feelings and opinions will NOT change, as the damage has already been done, but I guarantee this is NOT OVER bc it was INJUSTICE at best. I Live in a country where justice is supposed to be served-NOT a country where justice serves ITSELF. JN


Comment #: CA6324
if you are a defendant in an unlawful detainer case, kiss your home "goodbye". This judge did NOT allow my attorney to exhibit crucial evidence in my case such as local city ordinances that the landlord must comply with in order to evict a tenant. He demanded we nave an expert witness from the city with only 5 days to subpeona the expert (s), therefore knowing we would not get an expert especially as it fell during the New Years Holiday. He would not allow Text messages between Landlord & Tenant where the Landlord cancels the eviction, which was what I raised in my answer, he did not allow buildings and safety reports/corrections from the city and again insisted we have an expert there to testify even though I also raised this defense in my answer. He had options for dates and knew our time constraints leading up to us being sent to his court, but chose to start the day we arrived. I have no faith in our justice system after this. I saw the judge entering the cafeteria after me and the landlord took the stand and he looked the other way. In the cafeteria the landlord was standing in the order area and judge Rhodes said to him "good job". Im assuming this was referring to the landlords testimony which was alot of mistruths and "i dont remember".The landlord said "thank you". once again as the judge turned around, saw me and looked the other way. I dont know about anyone else, but I feel this type of behavior is against conduct. He made it very clear that these type of civil suits were beneath him with comments like "last friday i had five life sentences..." then to put me down for having a fee waiver " me and a few other judges figured out it costs the state 55k per day to run this court room". UNACCEPTABLE. Not everyone lives on a judges salary, Mr. Rhodes--excuse me, I mean your honor! In short what he did today was further promote criminal activity by landlords by indirectly saying "you have my full support because i'm not letting the jury hear the facts". what a sad day for our judicial system and what a shame to those of us who told nothing but the truth on the stand. Isnt the truth supposed to prevail ? Not on Randy Rhodes dime it doesn't. Thanks your Honor for showing me not to trust in the Untied States Judicial System.
He also warned my attorney not to appeal the case bc he has a 90% success rate re: appeals bc he has the documentation to back it up. Clearly, the truth does not matter to Judge Randy Rhodes. I have no faith in our justice system after this. Clearly, he favored the landlord out of the gate. I never had a chance. this is not how our court systems should be operating. This is not how a judge should be doing his job.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4363
Please hope you do not get this judge in a civil case if your lawyer fails to show up. He will shame you, which is extremely unprofessional. He looked at my brother-in-law standing in the courtroom, when the plaintiff was not even there and her attorney was only there "by phone," and said "you are not really here." My brother-in-law tried to tell the judge that he had just hired an attorney (who forgot to show up), and the judge demeaned him further, not even acknowledging the fact that his attorney blew it, not my brother-in-law. We are going to request a different judge! I heard that Judge Rhodes used to be a good judge when he was in San Fernando -- what happened? Is he burned out, or does he just hate civil cases?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1359
Excellent judicial temperament. He tries very hard to be fair to both sides - which can be frustrating at times. He will let you try your case. I'd have no hesitation to try either a plaintiff or defense case before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1063
If you are a defendant in a medical malpractice case, he is your judge. He will allow defendants to stonewall plaintiffs with discovery to the point that you wonder if he ever read the intent of the Discovery Act. He will not give plaintiff's lawyers sanctions even after making findings that the defense's conduct made the motion to compel necessary. If you are a plaintiff's lawyer, you definitely do not want a court trial in front of him.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA142
This judge ordered the defense attorney to turn over all clients' statements made to his attorney over to prosecution before trial.