Hon. Christine W. Byrd See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
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* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
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* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)


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* 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)


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* 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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Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA16806
Rating:1.0
Comments:
The Attorney's that own the website WWW.THEROBINGROOM.COM at North Law Publishers, Inc based in New York have been compromised and have made it their daily business to delete all post that are made to their website since the CJP Audit began. Anyone that has had their rights violated by any of these Judges if they did not follow the Law nor the Judicial Cannons get your complaints in to the Commission on Judicial Performance and make sure you send a copy of the complaint to the State Auditor.

If you have had the following Judges from any courthouse, please file a complaint with the Commission on Judicial Performance
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"Judge Thomas Trent Lewis (Supervising Judge) (Keeps Moving Judges Around)"

Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman
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Judge Christine Byrd
Judge Armen Tamzarian
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Other

Comment #: CA14067
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Byrd is extremely biased and favorable to those who "appear" to be more affluent and is more likely to bend their way to help them out and protect THEIR assets regardless of facts showing they are lying and manipulating the system in order to protect their financial assets instead of providing security for their children. She was extremely and overtly favorable towards my ex (respondent) due to his career in law enforcement. In spite of our minor children reporting and testifying to the abuse they have endured from him and their statements that they are in fear of him and do not wish to have visitation with their father, she completely disregarded all of that and said the kids are too young and immature to know how they feel and what they truly want and when they're older they will thank her for helping them realize that they will benefit from having both parents involved in their lives. My children cried hysterically when they found out they were going to be forced to comply with the custody visitation order. They are terrified and will continue to be tormented and abused because Judge Byrd failed to protect them.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13282
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I found Judge Byrd to remain open minded throughout the duration of our trial. She allowed for each side to speak without any indication of bias or favor. It was not until following the entire trial that her judgement was clear. I was astounded by her insightful and intuitive assessment of her findings. She was thoughtful in her articulation of her perception and showed compassion for all involved. I feel extremely grateful to have had my case ruled by Judge Byrd.

Other

Comment #: CA12508
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She has no clue about how to view the evidence. BIASED out of the gate.

Litigant

Comment #: CA12197
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Comment #CA12196
I'm a litigant not a criminal defense lawyer.
By reading the comments,iIt seems that somehow we were all victims of her abuse of Judicial discretion.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA12196
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Arnold Schwarzenegger's worst mistake as Governor in appointing C Byrd to judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. BAD MISTAKE! :(
Many innocent children suffered the consequences of her incompetency and biased approach. To: C BYRD,
What didn't kill us made us STRONGER. My the Universe be the one to judge YOU someday!

Litigant

Comment #: CA12195
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrifically bias! She bases her decision not on evidence but the attorney she favors and/or knows personally. I would personally give her a 0. If she dislikes you, she will articulate it and make sure it gets on the transcripts. Factual evidence does not mean anything to her.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11559
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horrible Judge. BIASED! Unfair. Forgetful. Lazy. Incompetent. Does not review the papers. Does not have the demeanor to be a judge. Should not be serving as a judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA11051
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Byrd shouldn't be a judge in family courts.
I am not sure but I heard that she was a corporate lawyer before she became w Judge in Superior Family Court.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA10261
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Excellent judicial officer? Not!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10210
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This is an excellent judicial officer. Perhaps not a Juhas or Lewis, but most definitely an above-average, fair, and smart judicial officer.

Litigant

Comment #: CA10059
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This is a most bias judge I have ever seen. She always rules against self represented litigants. I filed notice on appeal on her two orders and I won in both cases cases on appeal against this judge. Then I was able to change judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9989
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This was the most UNJUST experience I have ever had in the pursuit of justice. I went in for a custodial issue, where she instructed me to provide more evidence. I then spent the next many months building a thick packet of incontrovertible evidence to the issue at hand, and then went back to present it in her court. She literally IGNORED all that I presented, and ruled the opposite, completely contrary to the evidence, and so leaving in place a continuing bad situation for my child. Until this experience, I thought a court of law decides on the merits of evidence, certainly not in opposition to it -- I suppose I was wrong.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8688
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Cuckoo Byrd has a lot of psychological problems that she is not willing to acknowledge. Expect her to take out her frustrations on you and your children!

Other

Comment #: CA8620
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Completely hoodwinked by opposing counsel. Either very [Redacted by Ed.] ! Does not consider both sides and even makes egregious statements in complete opposite of presented evidence. Inept in understanding the dissomaster input and ramifications. Allows for incomplete disclosure of assets ignoring clear substantiating evidence. Should not be presiding on bench.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8569
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Cuckoo Byrd should be thrown off the bench. She doesn't read any of the paperwork and actually admitted this in our case on the record.

Litigant

Comment #: CA8456
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Christine Byrd needs to fly the coop! She has no business wearing this robe of distinction and should be disbarred. Coming from the solar power industry, she has no knowledge of family law and appears to be merely doing this for a nice cushy job as an arbitrator when she retires. She rules on opinion- her own, and not by law and makes unbelievable statements in court! For instance, she told the defendant legal advise during a trial! She told the petitioner which profession she should go into. She made rulings, even though the law clearly stated the opposite and she was reminded of it, then made threatening statements to the litigants should they dare to cross her! How many complaints does it take to get this woman off the bench?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7855
Rating:1.4
Comments:
Run, do not walk, to file your 170.6. Awful. Incompetent. Family law area with absolute no regard for the law. Blatantly biased. Knows most litigants cannot afford to appeal so gets away with violating every statute she wants. Complete travesty for litigants.

Other

Comment #: CA7765
Rating:1.0
Comments:
This justice is not blind. She judges with her eyes and not her mind. She reaches her conclusions before hearing both sides. She skims the material at best. To put it in her words, "This is clearly fraud". Proof of burden YOUR HONER? It is 'HER' belief. Belief has no place in a court room, facts and evidence do. Two things she CLEARLY ignores because she has GUT feelings. Get this biased woman off the bench!

Other

Comment #: CA6999
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I had Catherine Byrd as a judge in 2010.. petitioner had an attorney I was pro per after allowing the council for pet. to stand in open court and accuse me of being capable of murder for hire in a fam law hearing she had the nerve to tell me if I dared to contact the bar regarding his statements or the threatening emails he had been sending me for months id find myself on the short end of the stick in court.. even though it is my legal right as a American citizen to pursue due process and any civil rights violation sanctions against council or any court officer.. worst judge ever now I have lopez-giss.. things just got worse.. byrd 2nd worst judge ever

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6952
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Quickly becoming one of the most appealed and overturned judges on Hill St.
Her rulings reek of back door deals or a complete disregard for children's safety and well being.
170.6 at all costs.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA6439
Rating:1.0
Comments:
In the view of child advocates; Byrd has no understanding of domestic violence dynamics, does not follow the law, Indifferent to child abuse, places children with parents who strike and alienate children rather than safe parents, makes rulings based on personal opinion and conjecture. Dangerous rulings, possibly politically motivated.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6407
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you don’t have a lawyer and your family law case is assigned to Byrd the first you thing you do is file "AFFIDAVIT OF PREJUDICE PREEMPTORY CHALLENGE TO JUDICIAL OFFICER" (Code Civ. Proc., §170.6), to get your case switched to another judge. The form can be found online and no reason is needed just sign the form and serve on other party and file proof of service.

Byrd's actions rise to the level of an abuse of discretion, as she now has made multiple ruling that are arbitrary and a unreasonable departure from precedent and settled judicial custom.

Byrd gives specialized treatment to attorneys over In Pro Per litigants, failing to promote public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary.

Byrd's actions equal a color of law violation while violating parent's civil rights and taking kids away from fathers based on her intuition as a white women who has never dealt with minority parents before taking the bench as she was a corporate lawyer before becoming a judge.

Byrd is fully aware of Family Code Section § 3025, that states “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, access to records and information pertaining to a minor child, including but not limited to, medical, dental, mental health and school records, shall not be denied to a parent because that parent is not the child’s custodial parent.”

However Byrd acts in defiance of common sense not making the information available to non-custodial parents or giving holidays schedules causing fathers to miss father's day with their children due to her ineptness.
Byrd will continues to rule in bad faith abusing her judicial discretion since the family court has no oversight and appeals are too costly.

Ever wonder why a father is not in a child's life, may not be his choice but the family courts or I mean Byrd's choice as she plays god on the bench ruining lives with the stroke of her pen.

Litigant

Comment #: CA6096
Rating:2.0
Comments:
inadequate or unfair. Doesn't read her cases, or perhaps she has preconceived opinions on certain people.
Indecisive and lack of knowledge on family law. relies too much on her weak memory.