Hon. Monica F. Wiley See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
San Francisco County
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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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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA33249
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Wiley is incompetent, the Family Court SF Superior is probably the worst run courthouse in the system given that they spend a good portion of the Judiciary's budget.

The building remains mostly closed and unused (dark court rooms). Clerks are very intelligent in person, but the new mandatory e-filing system has created unprecedented headaches since there is no alternative to filing when the system goes down.

Litigant

Comment #: CA33224
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I think the overall concept of rating a judge by litigants or attorneys is ridiculous. Those that are bitter about losing a case will simply use ratings as a revenge mechanism. Reading all of the comments below, I strongly feel that they are coming from the same sad people. Being a judge is an incredibly hard job - Judge Wiley works hard and does a fantastic job as the Supervising Judge in the family law department. And for what its worth, this is NOT a paid advertisement.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32910
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She's a terrible Judge. Filing a CCP 170.6 is a complete joke in the this county family courts, evidenced by how conflicted, biased this judge has been, have mishandled the family lawless division.
Judge Hall look like an “on the take” fool- as they repeatedly lied, failed to Meet and Confer, filed a copious amount of •••late filed, materially false, ( •late filed) paperwork and evidentiary objections, only 2 days before a hearing- while instead of striking them- she ruled on them before we even entered the courtroom / failing me due process and opportunity to object and impeach false statements— - while making Judge Wiley
look like a compromised, foolish judge-
Who can easily have the wool
Pulled over her eyes. report to the Center for Judicial Performance, and Reuters.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA32906
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Does the Judge have Watch Dogs or what? What's with all these paid promotional comments?

Other

Comment #: CA32853
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Kudos to Judge Wiley who has worked hard during the Pandemic to ensure that San Francisco's family law departments continued to hold hearings daily when a lot of other courts shut down. I've worked with her for the last 9 months and the San Francisco Court is lucky to have such a fantastic judge in family law.

Litigant

Comment #: CA32850
Rating:10.0
Comments:
The last few comments are absolutely unbelieveable. As a litigant who has appeared in front of Judge Wiley on several occassions, I have seen how diligent and conscientious she is. She approaches her decision-making seriously, and tries to make rulings based upon the facts and law. She is NEVER condescending or arrogant in my experience and is very compassionate. Unlike other judges she will hold review hearings to make sure the orders she makes are working for the families who appear in front of her. She is an exceptional judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA32815
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court, completely bias, I’m an experienced attorney. I’m not writing this because I lost. Good lawyers lose in court all the time and it does not usually mean a judge is bad. This one is so disappointing because our bench in SF historically has been very good. However, over the past 9 years, several bad ones have landed on the bench. I experienced ALL of the above comments with this judge. I won’t go into details because I’m concerned Her Honor will come after me. The less I say, the better. DISQUALIFY HER if you feel she won’t be fair. Generally, experienced attorneys don’t disqualify judges just because they lost. However; sometimes a judge has earned it. This one has.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA31977
Rating:10.0
Comments:
In my experience, I have found her honor to be prepared, thoughtful, and deliberate.

Litigant

Comment #: CA29113
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Even temperment, fair, respectfull of litigants and their attorneys, great at settlement, a real profesional.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA26742
Rating:7.0
Comments:
I like this judge, but I have concerns because I saw how she was not fair to one person and then went out of Her Honor’s way to be too kind to another who was in the same boat. My colleagues say she sticks to the law and won’t often use her discretion, which I don’t agree with. I do agree that she takes too tough a position in cases where she thinks it may impact her goal to get onto the Appellate Court and that is bad. I would not disqualify her, period. Most Judges are like Her Honor. And because I’ve seen worse, I will keep this one.

Other

Comment #: CA13957
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Just read the last two postings and couldn't agree with the last one more. Judge Wiley is a very well respected judge in San Franciso and she has dedicated the majority of her judicial career to trying to improve the lives of children and helping divorcing families. I have been in her courtroom many times have never seen her display bias for or against anyone.

Other

Comment #: CA13956
Rating:10.0
Comments:
It's a shame that people use the anonymity of a computer to trash judges who work hard every day, listen to hundreds of cases every year, and do their best to get it right. In response to the last poster - "blatantly anti-white male??" "Will always side with the mother." Sounds like you are a white male who lost a case. It happens. She's one of the best family law judges we have in California.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA13679
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have had the opportunity to observe and appear before many of the judicial officers on the San Francisco Superior Court bench and there is not a single judicial officer who has a better demeanor than Judge Wiley. She is intelligent, industrious, and tries to facilitate settlement between the parties.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA12869
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wiley is thoughtful, efficient, and exceedingly fair. She is an excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12868
Rating:2.3
Comments:
I believe Judge Wiley wants to do a good job, but she has never been a family law attorney and she does not understand dysfunctional family dynamics. As a result, her rulings are meddlesome. It is never a good idea to have parties in the same place and forcing communications with each other when there was a prior restraining order in the past. She wants us all to "get along." The parties are divorced for a reason! She created more litigation as a result. She also chose to ignore that the Petitioner had perjured herself at a trial and was taken in by her unsubstantiated hearsay statements. She is biased and refuses to be persuaded by admissible evidence, which is contrary to her bias and alignment with one of the parties.

Other

Comment #: CA12455
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have sat in Judge Wiley's courtroom on several occasions and have always been impressed with her temperament and her rulings. She is thoughtful, she listens to both parties, and she follows the law. Judge Wiley is great family court judge!

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA10154
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
As a litigator, I understand how difficult it is to be a Judge in a high volume calendar. Reading the comment about Judge Wiley "behavior" in her courtroom, I can only shake my head. As attorneys with only one case at a time in court, it is fairly easy to slip into a the trap of thinking that the Judge is our personal employee. Judge Wiley is able to do something that I think not too many Judges can do - which is to give equal time to everyone. These comments simply do not reflect the reality in her courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA9835
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Wiley is an exceptional jurist. I have been in her courtroom many times and she is fair, reasoned and listens to all parties in the courtroom both represented and in pro per. You cannot find a better judge on the San Francisco Superior Court bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA9786
Rating:3.2
Comments:
I am a family lawyer. Wife Dved my client with knife, wife arrested, wife 5150ed. I got DV temp order against Wife. At start of hearing, Wiley asked counsel to go into chambers. She was pushing me to drop DV, and talking about we need to focus "holistically" of family. She would not done with if the DVer was a man. Wiley made comments that showed she had been talking and getting recommendations from FCS, even though SF is a non-recommendation county.

I got a DV order with Wiley against a guy one time because he called wife a "c*unt." I was happy for my client that day, but the ruling was an outrage to the DV law contained in DVPA. It was all done to cut dad off from kids, which in my opinion, happens all the time in SF court due to the bias against men, especially black ones,

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9420
Rating:1.4
Comments:
I am still in shock at Judge Wiley's behavior in SF Family Court. Her courtroom was an absolute circus. She has no interest in the Respondent's statement nor does she take the time review conflicting evidence submitted. I have suggested to my client an appeal of her ridiculous ruling and that my client contact the Judicial Commission .

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2269
Rating:9.9
Comments:
The only judge I know of to agree to personally inspect a litigant's residence to ensure the safety of a minor while on overnight visits. She is tough, personable, and does not panic under pressure; really like this judge.