Hon. Erick L. Larsh See Rating Details
Superior Court
Orange County
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Attorney Average Rating:   5.8 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Erick L. Larsh



Comment #: CA12447
I love the law and the idea of rules and order. I decided to observe particular cases. I was so appalled by one in particular I had to chime in an opinion.
I observed a particular case from beginning to end and at first I was impressed and in awe of Judge Larsh. And then I saw him lose patience and exhibit favoritism and bias.
At one of the last appearances he decided the means justify the end. The same rules do not apply to both sides i.e. Does not enforce his own court orders (spousal support etc.). Beware if you stipulate out "in the hallway" as he will direct you to do, he will not enforce the stipulation in full if he believes parts are not fair -he does this not knowing what was compromised. When you file contempt for non payment of support (he is nice enough to tell you that you have remedies) I watched him mock the petitioner and said that the support amount isn't significant to justify a contempt. Whoever he favors will not be held to the same rules.
I watched him revise a judgement without concern with what was given up for the other's benefit.
Most disturbing I witnessed him call one party a liar and said the reason was because he didn't answer quick enough. Arrogantly told him he can tell when someone is lying and continued to berate him. It was sad as this person's demeanor was "slower"(slightly autistic maybe?) and appeared to me to be his natural way of speaking.
I agree with another opinion on here. He either doesn't read the filings or just doesn't care.
Will tell you to go to civil court to enforce a judgement he ordered and he refuses to support.


Comment #: CA12321
Judge Erick L. Larsh pays little attention to the law, is not detailed, will not read pleadings and motions ahead of time, everything is off the cuff. He is late to court every time. He is so LAZY! WOW. He sits on his bench and has a "kumbaya" attitude. If I didn't know how old he was, I would think he was an ex-hippie. Puts forth as little effort as possible with case review. Forgets what he said in previous hearings. His clerk is inaccurate with court minutes. Best bet is to obtain transcripts. Keep motions, pleadings, and everything else in written form BRIEF. He has, at most, a 1 to 2 page attention span. Make sure what you are requesting is 100% rock solid in accordance with the law! If there is any gray area that requires him to use his own logic and common sense, he will not rule in your favor. He does not care about case law or your specific circumstances. He is fair with the financial aspect of cases i.e. fees, alimony, etc.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10864
Judge Larsh truly cares about people and will go beyond what is expected of him to help children. I had a case where I represented the mother and the daughter wanted nothing to do with her father. Judge Larsh went above and beyond what a judge would do to try and help this little girl work through her issues with her father.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10504
Arbitrary. Unfair. Refuses to take sufficient time to understand a case or distinguish merits of the case. Erratic. Poor judicial instincts. A definite black mark on the reputation of the court. A typical former Court Commissioner: not capable enough to warrant judicial appointment on his own, he instead obtains office as an afterthought.


Comment #: CA9898
Dangerous prejudice against women. Leaves women and children without justice and penniless when fees are run up over years of delays until they can't afford counsel. He delays by promising future action, then denies his promises and recreates history on the record to support his refusal to follow the law and provide justice. Total waste of taxpayers money and litigants life's savings. Appeals are only way to justice in his court. League of women's voters supported his election and should be ashamed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8965
Unfit to sit. Took bench 40 minutes late without explanation or apology. Suggested client's absence due to medical cause was fabricated notwithstanding no evidence to support; issued bench warrant for client's arrest while client being prepped for endoscopy/colonoscopy for post-cancer follow-up testing.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA7851
Does not know the law, will NOT make a ruling, extremely prejudical to allowing hearsay, recesses in the middle of trial constantly then forgets whats happening in his courtroom

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA565
Excellant judge he will work with you.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA539
A fair judge, you will get to argue your case, and he will hear you out and you will get a fair opinion