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

Comment #: CA15484
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Felony Domestic Violence is serious and Christine Byrd need to take this FELONY seriously, hold all perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable, instead of protecting them. Christine Byrd also needs to take ethical standards and conflict requirements of judges, seriously, because she has not done so.

If the allegations of Domestic Violence against Michael Avenatti are true, I hope no female victim ever has to enter Christine Byrd's courtroom, because "Judge" Christine Byrd victim blames and protects perpetrators of domestic violence.

Ironic, that Avenattis's twitter home page quote, "Don't tell me the cases you've won, tell me who you've 'beaten'.." very ironic, but Felony Domestic Violence is not a game and is very serious, and judges like Christine Byrd need to take all allegations seriously; she needs to: 1)read the papers, 2)look at the facts and evidence 3)take allegations of domestic violence, seriously 4) hold all perpetrator's of domestic violence accountable 5) protect and remedy the victims of domestic violence; but sadly Christine Byrd does none of these- Not Even One of These.



I hope any

Other

Comment #: CA15483
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Someone is going to be seriously harmed, with this unbalanced, unstable, conflicted, biased judge, Christine Byrd, who makes the craziest statements in the courtroom and equally crazy, dangerous rulings, that are completely contrary and in conflict, to the facts and evidence.

Other

Comment #: CA15281
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
When my abusive ex. was in Judge Christine Byrd's courtroom and questioned about anti- semetic remarks, that he had made, he did not try to deny them; and instead he just smiled (and Judge Byrd also smiled, when hearing the anti- semteic remarks.) It was quite disturbing.

Then people wonder why mass shootings happen in synagogues and other forums; it is because of judges like Christine Byrd who fail to hold violent men accountable; and fail to see the red flags of men who also display gender animus and animus agaisnt a race or religion.

When the perpetrator of violence becomes inflammed, and more mass shoootings and more violence occurs, it is judges like Judge Byrd, who have blood on her/their hands.

Judge Christine Byrd's inappropriate courtroom conduct, actions and inactions, outrageous courtoom statements, are proof of the fact that she condones violence and anti-semetic remarks, and she is just as guilty and abusive, as the violent, hate filled, abuser.

Litigant

Comment #: CA15264
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I agree with all the other comments on the review of Judge Byrd. She made up judgments that are illegal and cannot be complied with just to destroy a party's life. Her rulings are reversed all the time. She should be removed immediately

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA15259
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Christine Byrd, Cuckoo Byrd, appears to has a lot of psychological problems, that she is too unstable to acknowledge; and expect her to take out her personal demons, frustrations improper capricious courtroom conduct out on you and your children!

Christine Byrd gets easily played and completely hoodwinked by opposing counsel; she doesn't read any of the paperwork and actually admitted this on the record.

Christine Byrd, rules on her preconceived, biased opinions, her weak memory and not by legislative statutes or law. Christine Byrd makes the most unbelievable statements in court and even appeared to be giving the defendant legal advise, during the hearing and she has reached her conclusions before hearing both sides while ignoring the facts, the evidence and without reading the papers.

Litigant

Comment #: CA15257
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Family law judges at CCW, such as Christine Byrd and her fellow crony judges, are complicit for not holding abusers and violent men accountable; and foe failing to protect the victim. Judges like Christine Byrd (and all other complicit judges) need to be held accountable for any and ALL future acts of violence, when she/they fail to dispense justice fairly to everyone and hold violent men accountable.

Christine Byrd (and all judges) are required dispense justice fairly to everyone and must do so, according to law without fear or FAVOR (and Christine Byrd, has failed this requirement, miserably).

Christine Byrd needs to be held accountable, for her incredibly dangerous rulings and for any future acts of violence which occur (since she gives well funded abusers a free pass, in her politically, motivated rulings) and fails to protect victims and any future victims of violent men.

Other

Comment #: CA15126
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Something very hinky is going on at CCW -Dept.315 and its name is Christine Byrd.
Something is seriously wrong with this very strange, sketchy, unethical, biased judge, Christine Byrd, who chooses to legislate from the bench, for purely politically and personally motivated, reasons.
Christine Byrd is as strange as they come; something is very "OFF" with her and the way she so poorly, conducts herself. Avoid at all costs.

Other

Comment #: CA15059
Rating:1.0
Comments:
When Judge Christine Byrd very improperly, makes fun of a self represented litigant's appearance, the way they speak, while also mocking their mental condition; this becomes the most fragile of glass houses.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14993
Rating:1.0
Comments:
There is a special place in he-- for women who don't help or support, other women-Madeline Albright.

There is a special place (right off the judicial bench) for female judges, such as Christine Byrd (or any judges) who fail to protect women, from abusive men, while disregarding the law and disregarding ethical obligations required, of all judges.

Other

Comment #: CA14980
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Worst.Judge.Ever. I concur, Christine Byrd is as bad as they come.

Other

Comment #: CA14882
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Biased, politically driven rulings, in Christine Byrd's.
Kangarro courtroom. She would not let me speak and I was emotionally traumatized and abused, by Christine Byrd in this Kangaroo courtroom.

This judge, Christine Byrd, should not be on the bench, because she has no clue about women's, children's and abuse victim's civil rights.

Judge Byrd is mean-spirited in the courtroom and favors attorneys who are politically connected and have well funded clients regardless of what they do ( commit domestic abuse, perjury) Christine Byrd will still rule in their favor.

Other

Comment #: CA14489
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
"Honorable" Christine Byrd offers no impartial justice as to her biased, politically motivated rulings, which have been invariably decided in advance; to the detriment of victims of domestic violence, self represented litigants and the poorly represented and only to the benefit of her friends and friends of friends.

Sadly, she hasn't read your papers, she does not listen to your arguments, and does not follow the law. "Judge" Byrd knows it all, or so she thinks. Conducts herself poorly and is just plain weird. Christine Byrd constantly repeats herself in random robotic rants, in a tone that does not match the subject matter; it's a real circus watching her. That is the truth. No exaggeration.

Other

Comment #: CA14481
Rating:1.0
Comments:
No. Just No.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14179
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Removal of factual comments from this page, will not change the facts and Christine Byrd's very inappropriate conduct, against a litigant.

Christine Byrd very improperly, made very personal, biased, disparaging attacks against me, throughout the hearing; including comments that disparaged my appearence, as well as disparaging the way I spoke. Christine Byrd made numerous, inappropriate, denigrating, sarcastic, comments, throughout the hearing, at my expense; while failing to conflict herself out of the case; evidenced by her biased, politically motivated decisions and incredibly inappropriate comments (some of which, were even selectively, removed from the record.).

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.

Litigant

Comment #: CA14018
Rating:3.0
Comments:
Judge Byrd is a terrible judge who is repetitive, befuddled and confused. She acts very strange and does not act the way a judge should act. She definitely does not belong on the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA13938
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
This chick who calls herself a judge, is really just a cuckoo bird; her name is Christine Byrd. I have gone in front of numerous judges and this one is is very odd and not the brightest bulb or legal mind, in the bunch. If she dislikes you, Christine Byrd will make incredibly rude, inappropriate, biased comments and make sure many of them get on the record (while making sure others have been removed from the record.)
Christine Byrd, has dirt all over her claws, conducts herself very poorly and erratically; her rulings have avery stong appearances of political bias and motivation. Christine Byrd needs to migrate and fly far, far away from the LA family courts and needs to take her entire dirty flock with her.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13733
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Christine Byrd is an awful Judge. .She does not follow family law. Her temperament is deplorable and not judicial, in any manner. She's an embarrassment to the judiciary. Judge Byrd's pre-determined politically motivated rulings and favors, are blatantly obvious and she does a terrible job at hiding this, or her bias.

What is incredibly disconcerting, is that Christine Byrd abuses the self represented litigant; even resorting to name calling and personal attacks . She is so biased, she'll make the most the bizarre statements, while repeatedly disparaging the self represented litigant, to maintain her bias, and her pre-determined decision.

She should have never been appointed as a judge, by Governor Schwarzenegger, and needs to be removed. Christine Byrd an abusive bully, that does not have the decorum of a human being, let alone a Judge.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13325
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Christine Byrd is incompetent, biased and clueless as to the facts and family law. She says the most bizarre things and her words are insulting, jumbled and incoherant. She says strange things makes strange facial expressions. Something is just way off with her, and she does dot belong on bench.
She most likely ruled in favor of the attorney and their client who wrote the below comment, either because she knows them and they have a lot of money or both.

She is very biased against the litigant with the least expensive attorney and has also proven she is very biased against those who are not represented. The transcripts and her own words, prove how biased, befuddled and incoherant she truly is.

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.

Litigant

Comment #: CA13231
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Christine Byrd is is one odd duck....actually one odd Byrd. She makes strange, biased and inappropriate statements in court and then repeats herself like a parrot.

This Central Civil West family law judge, makes unethical, disparaging, improper statements, as if she is in cahoots with other family law judges, implying that she has discussed the case and made a pre-determined opinion, before she has heard the case. These improper discussions, also make a 170.6 redundant.

She incriminates herself, with her own words, and with her extreme, biased, unethical, politicaly motivated rulings.

Other

Comment #: CA12937
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It seems that "Honorable" Christine Byrd has victimized many. She forms her questionable and biased opinions, before the litigants have even entered the courtroom. Judge Christine Byrd's courtroom and rulings, emanate the stench of foul, fishy, back door deals.
Something is just not right with her. She is also unwilling to adhere to the rules of proper courtroom conduct. She does not read the paperwork and admits this, on the record. She displays complete disregard for safety and well being of domestic violence victims, women and children. She makes sure to discredit litigants "on the record" by saying they are "not credible", when it is Judge Byrd who had undermined her own credibility. She is becoming one of the most appealed and overturned judges in the LASC. Exercise a 170.6 challenge every time.

Other

Comment #: CA12931
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Many very accurate comments about Judge Byrd. She is very Biased, and has mentally unbalanced demeanor. She has no understanding of the facts of the case and ignores the law and oath she took to follow it. This is not the way a judge should conduct themselves in the courtroom. Her comments and rulings are so extreme and biased, she has chipped away her own crediblity. She makes sure her outlandish, biased, repetitive, degrading, comments that she makes, against litigants, get on the record. She conducts herself poorly in the courtroom, displays blatant bias, has no credibility and needs to be removed from the bench.

Other

Comment #: CA12642
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Byrd seems to have flown right out of the cookoo's nest. She is incompetant and completely biased. She makes sure blames the victim, on the record and manipulates the record.. She is clueless to the facts and evidence right in front of her,Biased before any evidence is presentd then ignores strong evidence. She is dangerous and puts victims in harm's way. She displays mental instability and her affect is way "off' something is just isn't right with her. Her bias and mental instability.is evident obsevers in the courtroom. She does not belong in familylaw courtroom. She will side with the attorrney and litigant she likes best and ignores evidence. She says very strange things on the record, as well.She also interjects her opinion and her strange an inappropriate comments even seem to shock the court staff.

Other

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

Other

Comment #: CA12457
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
"Judge " Byrd is the most biased, incompetent, mentally unstable judge inthe LASC. who manipulates the law, the facts and even the transcripts of the case.The only remedy is 170.6. The only remedy is 170.6. And, shame on any courtg reporter who gives in to her unethical tactics manipulation of the record.

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.