Hon. Richard F. Walmark See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.4 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   2.0 - 19 rating(s)
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* 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. Richard F. Walmark


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Litigant

Comment #: CA8992
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
11th worse reviewed judge in the entire state of California. Need I say more. Horrible judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8902
Rating:1.6
Comments:
Do whatever you have to do, but stay away from this Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8655
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Amazing how this incompetent judge is still ruling cases with no legal grounds.
Does not this court supervisor aware of his conduct?

Other

Comment #: CA8162
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I was unlucky to be assigned to him in a hearing. Worst, worst judge of all, extremely unfair, biased and incompetent.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7987
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This man is the most unjust, incompetent man who should be removed from office. He said he bases his judgement on reading body language, doesn't need to see any papers, and can see who is guilty from just looking around the court. How dare he make such assumptions? I had everything well prepared, he didn't take any of it, and believed the plaintiff when she said there was a witness. I had proof that no witness was to be found, or ever picked up the calls to the fictitious phone number supplied. Please tell me what recourse we have to get justice and have this horrible man removed? He is an obstructor of true justice. Shame on the Judicial system for not paying heed to all the complaints and remarks about him.

Other

Comment #: CA7952
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Only allowed Plaintiff to put on her case. Stopped Defendant from putting on hers because he said attorney fees can't be collected in Small Claims court. Wouldn't take exhibits from Defendant as the case was in the wrong court (jurisdiction). He waited three days and then ruled against the defendant without knowing the defendant's side. SHOCKING, UNJUST AND A REAL KANGAROO COURT.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7846
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Judge Wallmark is the biggest wackadoodle of them all. [Redacted by Ed.] He is incompetent, partial, and a complete moron.
If you get him as a judge, file a motion to get another ASAP!

Litigant

Comment #: CA7692
Rating:1.0
Comments:
He does not look at true facts only his. My case is based on the plaintiff lie and he was still in favor of the plaintiff.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7657
Rating:2.1
Comments:
Although I won my case YET -
Sadly I will say that I left the courtroom upset, and I still am !!! He has no respect at all, he is bias, he is drowning in his stupid ego, he does not listen, he does not preach what he says, he is so full of himself.... and I can go on and on..... he does not belong in a court room he needs to do a favor to the public and go home !!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7344
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible, Horrible, and Extremely Prejudice.
Made HUGE Proven judgment Mistakes; judgments that were overturned 180 degrees by other judges in court appeal judgments.
He gives his ego precedence over justice, while prejudging cases by assumptions rather than facts. That might be due to average intelligence, and average education - according to him, in one of his statements, during a LONG and Tedious speech before a trials

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7329
Rating:10.0
Comments:
He is professional and insightful. I enjoyed his opening comments as he sets the tone before hearing the cases. "I am a person before I am a judge and I have a lot of common sense."

Litigant

Comment #: CA7117
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Now that I've some time to come down from the high I got from giving the defendant dirty looks in court, I saw the judge's ruling online and he is wrong. They broke the law, the owe me the money, the first judge awarded the money to me. I forgot that these Brooklyn types are hard asses who sometimes take personality into account rather than the facts. So good luck if you get him, you're gonn need it.

Litigant

Comment #: CA7110
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Told a preamble before court that I'm sure annoyed most...I loved it. Said that he was from Brooklyn and I knew right then I was gifted with a judge who would be a no-nonsense type. I hope to never be in a small claims court again but if I am, I can only hope I get him again, and I would say that even if he doesn't rule in my favor. Great judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7024
Rating:2.8
Comments:
This judge is a narcissist; he didn't even allow me to present my evidence, he'd already pre-determined that I was at fault.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6981
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The worst of the worst This judge is an unbelievable embarrassment of the justice system. He was very one sided for the defense. Refused to even look at our evidence and was very rude and very arrogant . A disgrace in a robe. Shame on the Justice system...

Court Staff

Comment #: CA6272
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Our country should thank God for Judge Walmark and others like him who balance out our ultra liberal system and have the courage to stand up to those who believe they deserve a free ride with no accountability!

Other

Comment #: CA6270
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge attempted to put my black son who was in college at CSUN in jail over a misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen property. The CSUN want to be cops (thank God they are not real cops), arrested him on the charge. My son worked for the matador patrol, and they fired him because he would not be their snitch. They harassed him until they found something to arrest him for. He had purchased a stolen computer. Consequently he ended up in walmark's court. This judge, in my opinion was the posterbord for prejudice. He wanted to take my son out of college and place him in jail. Even the prosecutors knew. It was that obvious. The MISDEMEANOR case continued for almost two years. My spouse and I were at every court hearing. The want to be cops at CSUN had escalated charges so that the bail was high. I posted the bail because I know the son that I raised. After a year, bail was once again due, (although lower because the trumped up charges had been dropped) that devil judge would not allow him to be released on his own recognizance. He was ultimately required to perform an extraordinary amount of community service, which he did in the midst of continuing his education. I filed complaints against this devil. He should not now or ever be a judge in any capacity. By the time my son had finished the terms of his sentence, walmark had been moved. The criminal justice system in America is the new form of
slavery. I thank God that he is the final judge. My son obtained his degree despite of the system's attack on him. He is independent and is doing great. I'm so proud of him. Walmark's needs to be disbarred as a judge or any other position in the criminal justice system. In order for America to survive people like him have to be exposed. I call him a devil because my spouse feel asleep in the court room on one occasion and I honesty saw his face turn into that of the devil. I don't think no one else saw it, but I did; I kid you not. I had never seen that in my life, nor have I seen it sense. The court system knows he biased that's why they moved him from the misdemeanor court to small claims. My advice to those who are a minority is to drop the case if it ends up in walmark's court.

Other

Comment #: CA6206
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
The 12/4/14 positive rating and comment for Judge Walmark is about as accurate and unbiased as you can get since that person didn't even have a case with him yet. As long as you don't play games, he is one of the most amazing judges out there. It is pretty clear where the people were coming from who left him negative comments.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6205
Rating:9.1
Comments:
I read many of the reviews posted here and other sites, and so I made the time to got to court today (12/4/2014) and spend the afternoon in Judge Walmarks courtroom to gain an idea of what all of these people are complaining about. I have a trial scheduled in his court on 01/26/15.

Today I watched every single case on the afternoon calendar and I must say that I was very pleased with Judge Walmark's temperament. demeanor, professionalism, and the time that he took to hear all foe the cases.

Other

Comment #: CA5909
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This judge is biased and unfair. He based his decision on how you look, body language, ethnicity, and how you live. We presented our proof and yet we still lost. Unbelievable indeed!

Litigant

Comment #: CA5901
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This Judge is unbelievable. He starts by ranting about his glory days in college as an athlete and his personal life and even cracked a few jokes that none laughed at. This judge presided over the appeals of my small claims case. In the initial case, I was awarded everything I asked for which was only $167 plus $500 punitive. This appeals judge reversed the decision and gave me $0. I explained that my credit was being negatively affected as well as my livelihood as a result of false claims made to the credit bureaus from a previous landlord. [Redacted by Ed.].

Litigant

Comment #: CA5884
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A total moron who loves the sound of his own voice and knows less law than a gangbanger. Has actually enteted orders for people to break the law; cannot discern/comprehend complex evidence. Not even fit for small claims bench. Watch out for this idiot; a complete disgrace and embarrassment to any court of law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5406
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He gave a long winded speech about looking out into the gallery and sizing them up before their case was heard. And that he bases his decision not on evidence or what you say, but body.language. this has nothing to do with whether a judgment comes in my favor or not. A court of law is not a place for subjectivity. It's shocking he's been a judge this long. He needs to be removed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5354
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely Biased and unfair. He had a predisposition to tell the courtroom he knew who was guilty before hearing a single case by looks alone. He also stated plaintiffs are usually looking to win the lottery or get a vegas trip out of their hearing. Unbelievable. I will be contacting the commission of judicial performance and the governors office. Clearly Judge Walmark has a prejudice against plaintiffs and should not be handling these cases as he doesn't know how to be impartial. I hope more people follow suit and file formal complaints against him.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5353
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I have never seen a judge tell the entire courtroom that he was judging them and knew who was guilty by looking at them before any case was heard and any evidence was presented. This was a travesty. This is a clear case of a man taking liberties with his position of power and does not present the people with a forum to have a fair and just hearing.

Other

Comment #: CA5321
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This judge lacks common sense, and has no ability to process information in a court room setting. What a shame that we have such an incompetent person handling any court matters.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5250
Rating:10.0
Comments:
My experience with judge Walmark restored my faith in the legal system. He definitely does consider EVERYTHING.... temperaments, demeanor, inconsistencies in testimony and validity of evidence as all judges should but many don't care enough to put that much into their work. So for those who show up in court with an attitude or falsified evidence...beware! Judge Walmark has more depth than most and reads through things to find the truth. Wish more judges cared as much as he does.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA5249
Rating:1.6
Comments:
The most unreasonable biased judge we have ever seen.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5247
Rating:2.0
Comments:
HE refuses to look at evidence. HE supports big business at all costs.
He is very rushed and turns to sarcasm and repeat personal bench comments in order to get to his ruling[s].
He admits from the bench that he thinks he is omnipotent and says he looks
at the person not the information at bar.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5241
Rating:2.0
Comments:
If you're a defendant, good luck with this judge. He doesn't look at any evidence presented and in my hearing he ignored the few documents that proved my case (wouldn't even look at them) and awarded far too much to the plaintiff who lied about everything and didn't make much of a case. If you're a defendant, most likely you'll have to appeal to have the evidence considered and to get an actual objective opinion rendered.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5139
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Hon. Richard F. Walmark was very professional and upfront on how he runs his court. He encouraged mediation and Hon. Walmark knew how to made us feel assured and relaxed. I was pleased with the judgment. Thank you, Hon. Walmark for making me feel that justice is restored.

Litigant

Comment #: CA5077
Rating:8.0
Comments:
He is a very no nonsense and fair judge. I realized how tough it is to be a good judge sitting in court all day and it was clear Judge Walmark scores high. I was a defendant and although he awarded plaintiff a small portion of what she was asking it was only because of state guidelines regarding the issue. He caught the plaintiff in a gross lie as he did other people that got up to plead their cases that day. And to that I say good job. I totally disagree with comment he is a tyrant. He gave people more chances to explain than I had patience to hear. I would have cut 90% of those people off in 5 seconds. Didn't find him angry but rather way too lenient with people's ridiculous and sometimes incomprehensible responses and explanations. If you get up in front of this judge be prepared and don't LIE.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA4691
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He talks and talks so much that I am surprised that he hasn't lost his voice. He appears to have good language skills, but unfortunately his courtroom is full of semi-morons. He is a tyrant and quite angry. Perhaps he should take up boxing, rather than pitting his anger against the litigants.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA4634
Rating:9.9
Comments:
As a mediator for over 30 years, I was recently very pleased with Judge Walmark's ability to accurately rule based on evidence provided, address questionable issues to get to the truth and apply his vast experience as a D.A. to delve into matters with objectivity. I look forward to working with him again.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4633
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It's frightening how some judges aren't removed from the bench. His decisions aren't based on law or even justice, but random bias. He is one of the worst judges in Van Nuys.

Litigant

Comment #: CA4542
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Coming from a family of attorneys and judges, and ending up in small claims court as a defendant, I had no idea what to expect from the sitting judge that I was assigned when I chose to wait for one. I was beyond impressed at the insightfulness and appropriate demeanor that I encountered with this judge. He is a rare find who sets an example for all judges to follow, and it truly was an honor to have such a positive experience in court!

Litigant

Comment #: CA4470
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Walmark lacks common sense, and his knowledge of the law is cursory at best. His rulings are biased and not based on fairness. He is horrible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4308
Rating:1.1
Comments:
This judge is a dummy! It was a clear-cut contract case and he messed it up.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4299
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
He bends over backwards to help tenants, in my opinion. I guess it's a liberal social movement here in the city of L.A. Maybe it's a courtroom game. The judge sounds like a "tuffy" but I believe that, in reality, he is probably a really nice guy. 99 to 100% of the defendants getting evicted are deadbeats and scamming the system.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA3920
Rating:8.0
Comments:
Judge Walmark recently took over the PM session of small claims in NWZ. At first I thought, "All right, this guy will be great. No BS." But, as someone has already stated, he goes on and on and on with his "lectures." Please, this place is packed with people. Let's get on with it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3267
Rating:7.5
Comments:
Long winded and not the most efficient judge; however, he makes every effort to follow the law and gives each side an equal opportunity to argue their positions. He is fair, accomodating, and essentially what a judge is supposed to be. He is also a great trial judge. If you are a well prepared lawyer you will do well in front of him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2984
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Judge Walmark is among the worst judges I have ever encountered. He lacks the intellectual ability required to make even routine decisions, and has turned the operation of his courtroom over to landlord attorneys who give the appearance to the public that they run the show. He is far too deferential to landlord attorneys, and at the same time seeks to embarrass tenants and their attorneys. Over the course of sitting in his courtroom for three days, I witnessed Judge Walmark ignore the law on case after case, and rely on landlord attorneys, opposite pro per tenants, to tell him what the law is. He even gave a speech at the outset one morning to all litigants advising them incorrectly on the law of the warranty of habitability. Judge Walmark may have been a fine criminal judge (I don't know) but he is ill suited for civil litigation of any kind.

Judge Walmark is the kind of judge that CCP 170.6 was written for.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2454
Rating:5.0
Comments:
Can be easily fooled