Hon. Stephen D. Schuett See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Kern County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.9 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 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. Stephen D. Schuett


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29582
Rating:3.8
Comments:
He lets emotion rule, he is civil defense oriented to the extreme. He may not follow the actual law if it is not to his liking. There should be a rating to go negative 1 when this person is on the bench. He has no personality and you should never stay. in his court for the good of your client. This is not about the attorney not liking the judge but really the judge not liking people he is paid to render judgment for. You would think that on occasion he could rule correctly but you would be wrong. The one good rating he got must be from his mother.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA25255
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Somehow appeals to the Appellate Division wind up before this incompetent. Defendants in a UD matter timely responded to the Complaint and filed their Answer before it was due. The Clerk rejected it because she'd erroneously defaulted the Defendants before the Answer was due. Any clerk or judge, indeed anyone beyond grade school, should be able to count days on a calendar. A clerks judgment was taken and a family with four small children was placed onto the street because of this man. Sure, everyone thinks a judge is incompetent or biased if the decision does not go their way. But when a Superior Court judge cannot count the days to answer a complaint on a calendar there is something seriously wrong.

Litigant

Comment #: CA21322
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This thug in a robe allowed the court to delete parts of the court record, allow a defendant to respond to a stricken third amended complaint with another defendant at the same exact moment, moving to dismiss the complaint for failure to make an fourth amended complaint! Don't tell me that this judge is honorable. He's a crook that needs to be thrown off the bench!

Litigant

Comment #: CA14369
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
A thug with a black robe. Absolutely lacks the temperament to be an effective judge, and has repeatedly demonstrated poor control of his court via an endless series of continuations. It is tough for most people to have to go to court, and to be subjected to an abusive and caustic judge is just too much. I am not sure what you are so angry about or where your life went wrong, but don't take it out on the people you are supposed to serve.

Other

Comment #: CA11626
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
How is it possible that he is a family court judge? He has no children!
Total devastation in my case.
Husband got away with everything after 3.5 years and $40,000. Spent to have a fair judgment
Life goes on!
Relieved to hear he will not hear my continuing case 6 years later
Tired

Litigant

Comment #: CA10340
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horribly biased. I heard that he is leaving the bench and that is a good thing for the family law courts. Good riddance!

Other

Comment #: CA9979
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I rate it very unfair to the mothers and children. He makes it seem Like he is there for the mothers but really he is out for the fathers

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8335
Rating:9.9
Comments:
Hands down one of the best Judges you will ever run into; I have handles multiple family law matters in front of him and whether he rules against or for me, he has been correct in his ruling. Very good judicial temper, extremely smart and very courteous and professional. I wish we had multiple judges like him.