Hon. William D. Stewart See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.6 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. William D. Stewart


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8035
My favorite judge in the county. I've appeared before Judge Stewart more than a hundred times for CMC, motions and jury trial. He is erudite, sufficiently patient, polite, evenhanded and respectful to litigants and counsel. The jury loves him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7944
Judge Stewart is a trial lawyer's trial judge. He loves being on the bench even after all of these years, telling war stories and cracking the occasional joke to break the tension. He loves being in trial. While he is efficient with his courtroom, he lets you have the time you need to put on your case because he likes his job and does not resent being in trial like so many other judges. I had a two-week, extremely contentious trial before him. While I did not agree with every evidentiary ruling he made, he got all the major decisions right both in terms of the law and in terms of basic justice. Great trial judge. I only wish there were more like him in state and federal court.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7561
Had my first appearance in front of him today. He was extremely patient and kind. Rare in a judge. His temperament, alone, makes him a good judge. I sat in his court room for almost two hours, watching him on all of the other cases during his motion calendar. He never lost his cool, never displayed arrogance, and was very patient. I give him high marks.


Comment #: CA7481
He's lazy. He never read our complaint, or heard our side of the story. He so much on the bank's side that the opposing attorneys can literally phone it in, and barely needs to speak because Judge Stewart argues their case for them. If this isn't on the bank's payroll, then I'm a monkey's uncle. He needs to be investigated, and then removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7480
He is lazy. He is against minorities. His tentative rulings are done by his clerk Hernandez who is not an attorney. Hernandez issues orders and calls the attorneys he likes and tells them to give a notice. He decides when the court should be dark. Hernandez is just a clerk with no law degree but makes all the decision in that court. Stewart only follows those decisions Hernandez make.Hernandez engages in many ex-parte communications only with the attorneys he likes. This judge must go, so should his clerk.


Comment #: CA6180
Very poor. Fell asleep during the case, didn't listen, took opposing counsel in his chambers to "chat" since it was his friend. Very racist against non whites and people from minority communities. Needs to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4842
You've got to be kidding me! This judge granted not one, but three separate ex parte apps for terminating sanctions. He will never engage in argument, because he doesn't know the case or what's written by his clerks in tentatives. If you have a weak case, keep him. He is a nice man, but he should retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3551
Very nice gentleman, professional, even tempered, and tries to move the case along during trial.