Hon. Barbara Marie Scheper See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   3.3 - 11 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   7.0 - 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. Barbara Marie Scheper


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7632
She is the worst judge on the bench, hands down. She is openly hostile, takes great pleasure in demeaning attorneys, and displays an imperious and tyrannical temperament from the bench. She is rude, condescending, and intellectually dishonest. I had a case where she granted a defense motion, stating in the tentative she did so because a DFEH complaint was not judicially noticed. Ironically, she had literally just DENIED a REQUEST FOR JUDICIAL NOTICE just a week earlier. When this was pointed out to her, she responded with demeaning comments designed to humiliate others, rather than acknowledge her error. She sanctions all over the place, without cause (especially if you are the plaintiff). I have no idea how she became a judge, or why she even wants the job given her obvious intolerance for attorneys, litigants, or any intellectual exercise.


Comment #: CA7541
No litigant always gets what they want, however Judge Scheper is a gem. Starts right on time every time. She is very neutral. I have caught her jumping to incorrect conclusions about matters and she will tend to presume a few things here or there but she is head and shoulders above the rest. Every judge should be like her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7506
Just awful.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7155
Brilliant jurist. She reads the papers diligently and has an excellent grip on the law, but she is impatient, and power-driven, and she can be sadistic at times. She has zero tolerance for any deviation from her orders even unintentionally. I gave her a 3 for temperament rather than a zero because she conducts herself with courtesy. But beware. Her courtesy is surface-deep. She is heavy handed with sanctions, and she will not hesitate to throw your case under the bus despite having discretion not to, even if it means a malpractice suit. This happened to me when she unreasonably denied my client leave to amend a complaint.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6449
Very pleasant and respectful to counsel. She is well prepared for argument on motions. One major gripe, however. She only will schedule/hear one contested motion per day, so her calendar is a nightmare -- e.g., 5 months to hear a demurrer. Even matters entitled to a preference take months to be heard.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6387
One of the worst animals I have ever met. Not fit for public service. There needs to be an active movement to get her off the bench. If she reads this post at all, she is not making any attempt to change her ways.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6170
One of the worst tempered judges around. As mentioned by colleagues, unpleasant, scolds and demeans parties. A real displeasure to be in front of. And...make sure you file a timely CMC statement, otherwise be prepared with your checkbook on the spot.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4879
In forty years of litigation I have never seen such a biased, openly hostile judge. She is going to do what she wants to do, with no regard for the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4878
This judge should not be on the bench. Her bias is obvious. She scowls in front of the jurors, and shows her impatience with older attorneys who are not as fast. She yells and scolds the parties and the attorneys that she doesn't like as if they were children. She has no patience and no objectivity. How she became a judge is inexplicable.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2993
Likely the worst judicial temperment ever witnessed, does not read the materials before her, intolerant, dictates from the bench, will not allow argument from either side and refused to allow us to be heard after it was obvious she had the facts all wrong.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2509
One of the worst judges I have seen. She will reach a decision about a case early on, and then she cannot be persuaded by the facts or the law. Very discourteous at times. Use your 170.6 challenge, particularly if you represent the plaintiff.


Comment #: CA80
Failed to grasp the alleged complaint regarding fraud and contract interpretation. Her reversal via a published decision by the Second District shows her lack of understanding and application of the law.