Hon. Randa Trapp See Rating Details
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Superior Court
San Diego County
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Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Randa Trapp


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Litigant

Comment #: CA4350
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Remove her as a judge! I cannot justify one single explanation as to how she ever became a judge. She ignores the law, cannot follow the cases, changes her mind constantly, cannot understand basic accounting, drags out cases, and predetermines her opinion before the trial even begins. She does not understand or choose to care how serious her incompetence is, in its impact upon peoples' lives!

Litigant

Comment #: CA4027
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
What do you do with a judge like Ronda Trapp, who disregards the law and is not concerned with real facts that would lead to justice? It appears that she is prejudiced and has no desire to uphold the integrity of the courts, the law or the Constitution, which were all created in order to protect the rights of individual citizens. She ruins lives with her recklessness, arrogance and opinions. That is a fact. She cannot follow a case. That is a fact. Some people do not have the skills to judge, and Judge Trapp is one of them. She also lacks respect towards others, as well as leadership and legal skills. She sets a poor example as a judge. Respect has to be earned by good, fair and honest work. A robe is a symbol of respect that most judges deserve to wear, but Judge Trapp wrongfully believes that her robe will protect her, regardless of her actions.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA3842
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
To say that Judge Trapp is incompetent is an insult to incompetents. This woman should not be allowed to practice law in any manner in any court. She obviously has some axe to grind and is improperly using the justice system as her grinding wheel. She blatantly chooses to ignore the law. She makes up her mind at the beginning of the trial and then twists the facts and the law to match her decision. This is frustrating to both the parties and the experts. She is incapable of understanding even the simplest principles and concepts and abuses her power against those who call her on her incompetence. Incompetence is an understatement when it comes to this judge, and unfortunately it is the litigants that suffer for it. I chose not to rate her because there is no rating low enough on the scale.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA3628
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There's a video circulating today about a judge who was recently kicked off the bench but I have to say when watching the video that the bounced judge was Oliver Wendell Holmes compared to the incompetent Randa Trapp! Trapp has abysmal judicial temperament and wholly lacks any grasp of the law. It is shocking that Trapp ever made it to the bench much less that she could remain there. The bounced judge was a polite kitten compared to the RUDE, wild-eyed ferel (ferel is Latin for "a wild beast") Trapp. That woman will snap in court and just go off incoherently. Frankly, she is an embarrassment to the legal profession. If you have a case in front of the Ferel Trapp - FLEE as fast as you can! Like a bunny has to flee from a wild boar to preserve itself.

(See ABA law article with the video: (http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/judge_who_shouted_shut_up_at_litigants_is_removed_top_state_court_cites_soc/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email).

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3445
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Randa's painful incompetence is the butt of lawyers' after-hour jokes over cocktails and impedes the advancement of women as a result. There are wonderful and highly-regarded female jurists on the federal and state bench. It is an honor to know them and to be in their courtrooms. Randa Trapp simply does NOT deserve to be counted amongst them and she really should be removed from the bench. Sadly, Trapp is simply nothing more than a special needs preschooler compared to any talented judges. It would be an absolute travesty if Trapp ends up presiding over the Junior Seau case since she is wholly incompetent in her ability to grasp simple legal issues not to mention very complicated medical issues like CTE. It would be like a 5 year old strolling into college. Given Trapp’s classless courtroom demeanor, there should be an option for 0 stars on this website.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA3443
Rating:1.0
Comments:
“Judge” Randa Trapp (and I use that term lightly) has the highest reversal rate of all judges and sports an appalling reputation in the legal community which speaks for itself. Trapp still hasn't figured out the meaning of basic legal rules such as hearsay which can completely gut the best, most well prepared case in the middle of a trial. Just ridiculous!

Both sides should RUN, not walk, from her courtroom because Trapp is such a MORON she is essentially a loose cannon and you don’t know how your case could turn out. This is besides the fact that she is just straight up MEAN and loves to throw her power around. This woman is very rough around the edges and has a huge chip on her shoulder. I have seen her belittle attorneys in the courtroom who are smarter and better educated than she is – properly due to her sense of inferiority. She lacks professionalism, proper courtroom, demeanor, and the mental ability to properly analyze legal issues. I won't even touch my opinions about her ethics - or lack thereof.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA2962
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Randa Trapp is incapable of writing orders with any legal reasoning, is out of touch with reality, and has the highest reversal rate of any downtown civil court judge, see, http://randatrapp.blogspot.com

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2856
Rating:2.8
Comments:
The English language does not have the right words to describe the incompetence of Randa Trapp. Westlaw Judicial Profile reports a 60% reversal rate. Total moron who is adored by the defense bar. Judge Trapp shows favoritsm before a jury in court such as shaking hands with defense witness and being adverse to plaintiff witnesses.

Litigant

Comment #: CA2840
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Absolute idiot. Stone faced like a wise old owl, but with the smarts of a bimbo absent the attractiveness.

Horrific evidentiary rulings and will poison the best plaintiff's case.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2687
Rating:2.3
Comments:
Judge Trapp's low rating is well-deserved. It is unclear how she sits on the bench. I have never had her be unpleasant, but she seems perpetually confused. At her morning CMC and ex parte calendar, I saw and watched approximately 6 cases go before mine. She, literally, did not get the issue on one of the cases right. The attorneys had to keep correcting her and reminding her of the previous hearing, ruling, etc. Paper her!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2324
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Dumbest judge on the bench. Lazy. Mean. Incompetent. If you care about your clients don't ever let her judge one of your cases. Self-righteous and lawless. Makes up her mind fast then stops listening. Forget ever talking her into changing a tentative ruling. Haughty and superior, without anything to be superior about.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA1463
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Cautious and ignorant. Easily persuaded and impressed by arguing party's status. No real knowledge of the law and no real sense of justice. Should not be a judge. Does not follow the law and can be easily persuade to deviate from the law because of confusion. No personal agenda, just morphs the law to appease the party that she favors. Absolutely, no predictability as to an outcome based on law. Rulings touch on the law, but their outcome is based on favortism.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1162
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
On an important civil law & motion matter, Judge Trapp was clearly unfamiliar with the contents of the moving and opposing papers. Worse, she was unfamiliar with the law. There is no excuse for lack of preparation. Avoid her like the plague.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA1046
Rating:2.2
Comments:
One of the most incompetent judges ever! An enemy of the U.S. and CA Constitutions.

Runs a "Kangaroo Court" a true disgrace to the legal community.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA520
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This woman is by far the most ignorant person I have ever seen on the bench in any county in this state. She hides behind her imbecility by being mean. The family law lawyer got her removed from family court. So they put her into criminal court. The Public Defenders had to paper her constantly because she was just so bizaare and legally incorrect in her ruling. Let me repeat: this is a stupid, stupid woman.

Other

Comment #: CA7
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has no business judging anyone. She is incapable of following arguments. She is biased and needlessly impatient. Frankly, I don't think she is very smart. She was challenged in her position in family court because she told a respondent, who was making a reasonable living, to get a better job. The guy was a lawyer and decided to run against her.