Hon. Stuart M. Rice See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.3 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   3.0 - 2 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)

What others have said about Hon. Stuart M. Rice



Comment #: CA10428
Rating:Not Rated
He would not make the prosecutor turn over the evidence for 6 months. There was no evidence.
He took a case without merit falsely claiming a dog bite. It was a case used to steal property and have the dog protection removed from the house.
He ruled in favor of liars who claimed dog bite and made me pay their false bills when they never appeared in court. It was a false case to steal a house we owned. They wrongfully killed the dog.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7637
Judge Rice has been involved in the Temporary Judge program for a lengthy period. He is an excellent communicator. He's respectful of attorneys and parties.

He's intelligent. He's articulate and has a good temperament.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6946
Serious misunderstanding of the role of a separate statement of undisputed material facts. Made factual determinations and is pro-business. Really stuck it to my client


Comment #: CA6247
Conservatorship proceeding

Immediately injected his own personal experience regarding caring for an elderly parent. Rude, never looked up from his desk, asked a few bizarre questions.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6134
Makes rulings beyond his jurisdictional authority, ignores basic civil procedure and legal principles.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5998
If you are a victim or minority, do not have your case heard by this judge. You could not do worse. File an "AFFIDAVIT OF PREJUDICE" with the clerk immediately and have the case transferred to another judge.
(Code Civ. Proc., ยง 170.6)

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2174
Rating:Not Rated
Agree that his knowledge of civil procedure is seriously lacking. I was in his department for an ex parte recently and watched him go through his law and motion calendar. He made numerous bizarre procedural goofs and had to be corrected by his clerk.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1746
I'm not sure this judge knows what he's doing? He controls his courtroom unlike any others I have seen. I agree with the other comment on this site stating that this judge is pro-business. This judge appears to be pro-anything but minority. He is biased. Do not waive jury trial in front of this judge.


Comment #: CA1529
Unfortunately, he was primarily a judge overseeing the criminal docket, who has recently been transferred to civil case calendar. Thus, his understanding of civil procedure - not to mention his lack of knowledge in real estate law - is lacking.

His "general inclination" is based solely on his pro-business stance.