Hon. Monica F. Wiley See Rating Details
Superior Court
San Francisco County
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Attorney Average Rating:   6.7 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   5.0 - 2 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. Monica F. Wiley


Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA13679
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
Judge Wiley is thoughtful, efficient, and exceedingly fair. She is an excellent judge.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12868
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.


Comment #: CA12455
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
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
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
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
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 .


Comment #: CA5912
This Judge did not take the time to follow the Law, instead in a Family Court Hearing she states " I don't have time for this" . She should remember Taxpayers are paying her Salary and she should take her job seriously in EACH matter, Dealing with each Child is IMPORTANT and not passed up and set aside.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA2269
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.