Hon. Christine W. Byrd See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Litigant

Comment #: CA20946
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When family law judges , like Christine Byrd and her partners in crime, the Gould Saltmans' Lawrence Riff, Trent Lewis, attempt to bury all their wrongs of the record and all of their wrongdoings, I will drudge them up, dig them up and expose it for what they are.

When I am told, that I am "not articulate", I will Articulate the judicial and attorney wrongdoings, lawlessness and injustices of my case, and post them on the Internet, so the truth can be exposed .

Judical and Attorney, intentional law breaking, intentional tainting of cases; mocking and disparaging parties', in family llawLESS cases, has CONSEQUENCES; just like the dire and harmful consequences they have all caused me---one vulnerabe, disabled, female , self-represented victim of domestic violence (who is in a protected class). While never protected by the family courts ! Shame on all of them.

Litigant

Comment #: CA20945
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Christine Byrd, repeatedly victim blamed me, after my abusive ex admitted, to numerous physical assaults, after years of denials, under oath- (evincing, consciousness of guilt and wrongdoings).----

Christine Byrd, repeatedly violated Judicial Canons, mocking me in open court, mocking my "appearance, mocked and demeaned me and me that I was "not articulate", mocked my" mental state", as I was self-represented, litigating against my highly represented abuser-- Seriously? She is that obvious, when tainting a case and outcome, to help her equally conflicted and compromised CCW colleague, Judge Dianna Gould-Salman??---

Christine Byrd went over-board, to illegally help her CCW partner in Crime, Dianna Gould Saltman, whose equally corrupt attorney husband, duplicitously, obsessively, remained on the case, (as only a guilty attorney would do) without full disclosures, even after my ex, removed Richard tricky dick Gould Saltman, as his attorney, filed a "Substitution of Attorney" and hired another attorney, after I prevailed in the appeal.---

Christine Byrd is the only person who ever, quite inappropriately, mocked me and told me that I was "not articulate"-- (I would guess this means, my well- funded, abusive ex,. must provide me enough funds, so that I can hire an "articulate attorney"; because my due process rights were violated; when I couldn't speak (or "articulate") very well, or properly present my case.--


Not to mention, my ex. illegally did not disclose assets, and lied about this, across state lines, with intentional false statements, placed in the US mail (with his signature-across state lines and also placed on falsified court documents, verified under oath, across state lines.)----

And, if I am that "inarticulate", "have an unfit appearance" and am "mentally unfit"--"from the mouth of Byrd", while this would reasonably conclude, my abusive ex.who committed horrific acts of domestic violence, (who also illegally hid assets) must pay for me to have an attorney who can properly articulate, and speak for me.---

Christine Byrd's tainting of the case , was blatantly obvious. Even my violent ex. never told me I was "not articulate" - I had one English Teacher who announced that I was the most prolific writer, in the class (while apparently, I am "inarticulate," according to Byrd) who implausibly and unsuccessfully, wanted to justify her rigged ruling.------

Conflicted, biased Byrd, very unsuccessfully, tried to justify her tainted ruling (while reasonable people who have seen the transcript, are outraged)!!--


Also, when the merits, facts and substantial evidence have always been on my side; while the Appellate Court Opines that there was a Misscarriage of Justice, when I in my case, after gruling legal research, Judge Byrd, Judge Riff and Trent Lewis, will retaliate and circumvent the higher court ruling, because their colleagues husband Richard Gould Saltman'd frail ego was bruised and hurt, so he ran to his wife, so they would unlawfully, conspire with her colleagues, to taint the case and onsruct justice, and rightful outcome. My case and all those complcit must be investigated. ---


When someone asked what we all have been doing about the tainted rulings......I worked diligently and researched hours on end, while traveling to LA, to write Legal Briefs and citing settled case law; while in one fould swoop Trent Lewis, Lawrence Riff and Christine Byrd retaliated , and made my life worse, while placing tme (and the public) at risk for further harm; while
obstructing my due process rights, obstructed justice and thwarted the proper functioning of the judicial machinery. My cases and others, must be investigated and those complcit must be held accountable. I must be remedied; significant reparations, are in order.--------

Litigant

Comment #: CA20942
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Christine Byrd, repeatedly victim blamed me, after my abusive ex admitted, to numerous physical assaults, after years of denials, under oath- (evincing, consciousness of guilt and wrongdoings).----

Christine Byrd, repeatedly violated Judicial Canons, mocking me in open court, mocking my "appearance, mocked and demeaned me and me that I was "not articulate", mocked my" mental state", as I was self-represented, litigating against my highly represented abuser-- Seriously? She is that obvious, when tainting a case and outcome, to help her equally conflicted and compromised CCW colleague, Judge Dianna Gould-Salman??---

Christine Byrd went over-board, to illegally help her CCW partner in Crime, Dianna Gould Saltman, whose equally corrupt attorney husband, duplicitously, obsessively, remained on the case, (as only a guilty attorney would do) without full disclosures, even after my ex, removed Richard tricky dick Gould Saltman, as his attorney, filed a "Substitution of Attorney" and hired another attorney, after I prevailed in the appeal.---

Christine Byrd is the only person who ever, quite inappropriately, mocked me and told me that I was "not articulate"-- (I would guess this means, my well- funded, abusive ex,. must provide me enough funds, so that I can hire an "articulate attorney"; because my due process rights were violated; when I couldn't speak (or "articulate") very well, or properly present my case.--


Not to mention, my ex. illegally did not disclose assets, and lied about this, across state lines, with intentional false statements, placed in the US mail (with his signature-across state lines and also placed on falsified court documents, verified under oath, across state lines.)----

And, if I am that "inarticulate", "have an unfit appearance" and am "mentally unfit"--"from the mouth of Byrd", while this would reasonably conclude, my abusive ex.who committed horrific acts of domestic violence, (who also illegally hid assets) must pay for me to have an attorney who can properly articulate, and speak for me.---

Christine Byrd's tainting of the case , was blatantly obvious. Even my violent ex. never told me I was "not articulate" - I had one English Teacher who announced that I was the most prolific writer, in the class (while apparently, I am "inarticulate," according to Byrd) who implausibly and unsuccessfully, wanted to justify her rigged ruling.------

Conflicted, biased Byrd, very unsuccessfully, tried to justify her tainted ruling (while reasonable people who have seen the transcript, are outraged)!!--


Also, when the merits, facts and substantial evidence have always been on my side; while the Appellate Court Opines that there was a Misscarriage of Justice, when I in my case, after gruling legal research, Judge Byrd, Judge Riff and Trent Lewis, will retaliate and circumvent the higher court ruling, because their colleagues husband Richard Gould Saltman'd frail ego was bruised and hurt, so he ran to his wife, so they would unlawfully, conspire with her colleagues, to taint the case and onsruct justice, and rightful outcome. My case and all those complcit must be investigated. ---


When someone asked what we all have been doing about the tainted rulings......I worked diligently and researched hours on end, while traveling to LA, to write Legal Briefs and citing settled case law; while in one fould swoop Trent Lewis, Lawrence Riff and Christine Byrd retaliated , and made my life worse, while placing tme (and the public) at risk for further harm; while
obstructing my due process rights, obstructed justice and thwarted the proper functioning of the judicial machinery. My cases and others, must be investigated and those complcit must be held accountable. I must be remedied; significant reparations, are in order.--------

Litigant

Comment #: CA20931
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Christine Byrd does not protect victims of domestic violence , while she protected my abuser , even after he admitted to the abuse, after numerous denials , under oath; Byrd double down and went on to mock and disparage me, in strong appearance that she was illegally, unethically helping, her CCW partner in Crime, Dianna Gould Saltman and her cheater of rig outcomes, perjurer attorney husband, my ex had hired at $500.00/hr, through non-disclosed assets , in which the Gould Saltmans' both financially benefitted, through clandestine back , dor dealings.


A mobile home was set on fire in Santa Maria, California on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Five people are dead after a feud in Santa Maria, California, turned violent.


Santa Maria investigators, believe Claude Adams, of Santa Maria, killed his wife and son, police said, but their exact causes of death are unknown.

An ongoing dispute between mobile home resident Claude Adams, 64, and two men identified as Kurt Bracke and Richard Hanen.

Last Friday, Friday, Adams was evicted from the mobile home park, police said.

Adams is accused of fatally shooting Bracke, 70, and Hanen, 78, at the park's clubhouse area, police said.

it is not clear if Bracke and Hanen had a landlord-tenant dispute.

Claude then returned to his residence. Police say a fire at Claude's mobile home left him, his wife Sherry Adams, 65, and son Seth Adams, 33, dead; investigators believe Claude killed his wife and son, police said, but their exact causes of death are unknown.

A mother, child and others are dead, while Christine Byrd plays politics and quid pro quo, to protect violent men.

Litigant

Comment #: CA16891
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Easily confused by men, she tends to favor people that lie with ease and ignores many facts presented by both sides. Fortunately for me, she doesn't seem to like women, so the accounting testimony submitted by a paid preparer got me a better judgement. Easy to manipulate if you are male.

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.