Hon. Patrick A. Cathcart See Rating Details
Superior Court
Los Angeles County
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Attorney Average Rating:   4.6 - 4 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)

What others have said about Hon. Patrick A. Cathcart


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10410
Judge Cathcart is always courteous. I am particularly impressed with his unbiased pleasantness for everyone despite race, station in life, gender, sexual orientation, pro per/represented status or any other distinguishing characteristic. I believe he reads the pleadings and cites the relevant codes when making his decisions, which is how it should be. He is very accessible and can work on many levels which works very well on a level playing field. For instance, when both parties are unrepresented, I have seen Hon. Cathcart exercise extraordinary compassion and patience in querying the parties as to their objective and then explaining to each of them exactly what needs to be done next. Similarly, I have seen him respectfully listen, and consider, the arguments of the big firm attorneys along side a new, solo practitioner and then ruling on the merits.

The one place where things get hung up, take time and start seeming unfair is when ONE party is represented. I don't believe it's intentional, but the unrepresented party becomes ignored during hearings because like most judges, Hon. Cathcart is going to speak to the attorney--no matter whose side it represents. Even if the unrepresented party's motion is granted, the judge will likely ask the ATTORNEY to write up the order which further strengthens the rapport between the judge and represented party...it's a human thing, which is more than I can say for most of the Mosk judicial officers in the family law division...

Cathcart does NOT like emotional pleas in court and will not base his judicial rulings on anything except a solid legal argument based on the controlling authorities.

I wouldn't 170.6 this one...but if you don't have an attorney and the other side does, I would definitely suggest getting counsel of your own even if you have to ask for legal fees from the other side to do so.


Comment #: CA10118
What a disappointment in the judicial system. He allowed a plaintiff to essentially buy a restraining order. Money talks in his courtroom. Bring half a dozen witnesses, expert witnesses paid thousands of dollars and tie up the court room for days, rather than truly bringing justice to genuine cases of domestic violence. I'm saddened that the effects his decision negatively impacts innocent people.
Furthermore, he allowed irrelevant questions, having nothing to do with domestic violence, as though it were a session of People's Court, made for entertainment.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9680
I had to go to this judge 5 times for 1 support hearing to reduce her support. She did not provide my attorney with her new address so that she could be served with subpoenas. The judge moved the hearing date by 2 months so that we could get proper discovery (she has been cohabitating for almost 3 years and was served a Gavron Warning 4 years ago). She still did not give my attorney the mandated paperwork. The judge not only ruled no reduction in support but said that I had to pay $4,000 in attorney fees for her. 4 of the 5 times in court was caused by her and I had to pay some of her attorney fees. 1) she asked for 60 more days because she supposedly moved. Judge gave her 21 days and told her to provide my attorney with an address to be served. 2) Went for the hearing for support reduction and my attorney explained that she still hadn't given us a place to serve her. So the judge now gave another 60 days for discovery (something she was supposed to do the first time). 3) She now goes to court to ask for attorney fees because of so many hearings. He awards her $4,000 (keep in mind that she owes me over $5,000 for overpayment in support). 4) the hearing in which he denies the lowered support....she still hasn't given us discovery and we had filed a motion to compel before the hearing. 5) Hearing for motion to compel (yes, comes after the support hearing even though it was filed before the support hearing). He denies the request because there was no further motion in front of him for the discovery even though she never complied in the first place and he made a ruling based on emotion and she never had to do anything he told her to do and I paid to go to court 5 times...longer than the trial.

Everytime we went, the judge had the wrong paperwork and thought that it was all for an upcoming trial in which we told him every single time that the trial was 3 years earlier and a decision wat 2 1/2 years earlier. He doesn't even know what is going on.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8522
This judge seems to make appropriate rulings. He requires real evidence and will not make decisions based only on argument or opinion, which I appreciate. My only issue is that he calls up the most complex matters first and it seems that he gives priority to expensive lawyers that he knows. I had a quick (5 minute) matter, where the moving party didn't even show up, and was called LAST (at 11:50 am). I am grateful that I was not carried over until lunch, but my client incurred unnecessary fees. If I have one suggestion to make, it would be to get rid of the quickies first.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8489
This judge should retire. He allowed my spouse to remain in custody of our children after I filed a police report against my wife. I was arrested for spousal abuse and he did not take into account that my wife has a history of violence. She filed a restraining order and kept me from our children for a year. Yes, justice was served......


Comment #: CA8127
Rating:Not Rated
Judge Cathcart is an embarrassment to the legal profession. He does not read pleadings. He has no concept of what is happening in the matter. He is biased. He has not interest in discerning the truth of the matter. He is intellectually lazy. And he is a total wimp!


Comment #: CA5495
Awful judge. Has no family law experience. Befuddled is the best way to describe him on the bench.