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

What others have said about Hon. Christine W. Byrd


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7855
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.


Comment #: CA7765
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!


Comment #: CA6999
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
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
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.


Comment #: CA6407
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.


Comment #: CA6096
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.