Hon. Ronald S. Prager See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Diego County
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Attorney Average Rating:   8.4 - 10 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   10.0 - 1 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. Ronald S. Prager


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA5426
In a word, Judge Prager is excellent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4939
He is the best judge on the local bench, and the epitome of what a judge should be: smart, passionate about his work, he genuinely likes his job, is prepared, punctual, good-natured, cares about justice as well as the letter of the law, and is a real human being who cares about the quality of justice being delivered by the court. He has ruled both for and against me in various matters. Every time, he was well-prepared. Unlike one or two of his colleagues who have become arrogant and condescending after donning the robe (e.g., Judge Tim Taylor), he is able to disagree with a lawyer (or question his argument) without condescension, sarcasm, or belittlement. And so, even the losing party often feels that they have been treated fairly. Re-electing him is a no-brainer -- he is stellar.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4901
This judge works extremely hard, reads everything that you submit, and works very hard to get his rulings right. He is great to work with during trials, and reasonable and accommodating to the lawyers and parties. He's one of the best judges on our bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA4846
This guy is a GOP pro-government hack.


Comment #: CA4756
I had a very good experience appearing as a defendant in pro per in Judge Prager's courtroom. He was fair and stuck to the letter of the law as well as the code of civil procedure. Should I have business in the San Diego courts again, I would hope to find myself in his courtroom.


Comment #: CA4717
Rating:Not Rated
I wonder how he graduated Harvard? He usually acts confused, and seeks direction from his courtroom clerk. She is the one who makes most of the decisions. If he is an accurate example of what a Harvard education does to a person, I would rather have a G.E.D. This judge is biased in favor of female pro pers, and in favor of corporations. No matter how much evidence is presented, he will rule in favor of the corporation every time. He's invested in so many sectors it would be virtually impossible for him to be unbiased. When in his courtroom -- and others in San Diego County -- have four or more court papers with original signatures! You will need them because the court employees are incompetent! (This is not legal advice.)

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA2683
I really like Judge Prager. He is fair, hardworking and always prepared. I tried a bad faith case in front of him and he was terrific and ran his Court really well. He also has a great demeanor and manages to dispense with lots of discovery issues by essentially telling you at the ex parte how he intends to rule if you bring the motion and the facts are as presented at the ex parte.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2249
Prager is an honest judge. Had several cases with him. On one, he busted my jobs, but was fair. On the other case, he was very fair.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1253
I think Judge Prager is brilliant. I think he's even handed. I've won cases and lost cases in front of him. I like him. He is a scholar of the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1116
Pro-Outcome Determinative Judge, as even admitted in Court by Judge Prager. Now, I can honestly state that I am openly biased against Judge Prager having been sanctioned by him. However, in order for Judge Prager to sanction me he had to completely ignore the 21 day "safe harbor" period under CCP 128.7. Therefore, I assert Judge Prager represents the worst type of adjudicator - outcome determinative.
Justice means, at a minimum, "even Niggers deserve equal application of the law". While I am certainly a white nigger attorney that offends virtually everyone, including the Judges I appear in front of, I am still entitled to an equal application of the law. We are supposed to be a country of laws, not men and Judge Prager openly ignores that fundamental precipe.
Judge Prager is, in a word, a tyrant and he will bend or break the law to reach his desired outcome. Moreover, Judge Prager is very egocentric, has no ability to admit fault or change his tentative rulings and believes he serves a higher purpose (true "blue-blood Judge). He will reach his desired outcome law be damned and bury it in legalese. Play to his ego, don't piss him off and you'll be fine. There is a obvious reason Judge Prager is not longer assigned criminal cases and has never been considered for an appointment to the U.S. District Court despite his extensive judicial experience - bias & prejudiced.