Hon. John S. Meyer See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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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. John S. Meyer


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7150
Judge Meyer often speaks too much from the hip and doesn't focus on the details or the letter of the law. If he hates your case from the beginning, it is difficult to flip him. At times, he can be disrespectful.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6720
Judge Meyer picks his winning horse at the outset and sticks with him. He is intolerant, impatient and unwilling to take the time necessary to deal with discovery disputes or other matters that come up during trial. A common refrain is "come on!" which simply means he doesn't want to deal with it. He makes arbitrary rulings and does not take the time to try and understand the law. He needs to retire.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4727
Judge Meyer makes up his mind in the first few minutes of a case. To his credit, he still has somewhat of an open mind, but the burden is on you to show that he was wrong -- even if the law puts the burden on the other side. He is always concerned about time, and cuts off witnesses and evidence that he doesn't care about, or that don't support his decision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1188
I have have mixed experiences. One good, one awful. Once he gets an opinion, he pretty much sticks with it and then crafts the facts to fit it. Seems like he tries to make the right call, even if its wrong. Generally made good evidentiary calls at trial. Lacked decisiveness on pretrial matters. Overall, I probably would not want to appear before him again.