Hon. Randolph M. Hammock See Rating Details
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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)
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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19940
Rating:1.3
Comments:
This judge is a mad man. I pity you if you are in his courtroom.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19350
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was in his court earlier this week on a law and motion matter and watched him in a jury trial for a few hours in an unrelated case. Very interesting insurance bad faith. Very complex. Many good lawyers. Big time litigation with a great deal at stake. Judge Hammock was excellent. The lawyers, jurors and witnesses seemed to respect him. His temperament was superb. I only watched a few hours, but I was impressed with what I saw. He also is very sharp.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA19208
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My first impression of this judge was that he tends to micro-manage his calendar. Somewhat like Hess, a judge we were all happy to see retire. He was dismissive towards younger attorneys, at least that was my opinion. I’m hoping we’ll see improvement and a more judicial temperament in the future. I’m reserving judgment on this guy until I see him in trial.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA16931
Rating:8.0
Comments:
At first, he comes off as a little nutty. But after engaging in a 2 week trial with him, I quickly learned that Judge Hammock's mind is extremely sharp. So, if he interrupts and seems to be going off on tangents, it's because he is already ahead of whatever is being discussed. Overall he is a judge who wants to do the right thing and see justice served.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14611
Rating:8.4
Comments:
I worried about this judge at first. I now think he is one of the better judges at the downtown LASC. The thing I like best about him is he is conscientious. He really cares about getting the decision right, and is smart and fair minded enough to take the steps necessary to make the right call. If you draw him as a Judge, I would keep him. A good man with a good heart and a smart guy.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13647
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I must confess that I completely disagree with the comments recently posted by CA13575 and CA13576 -- who seems the be the same person. I have had several cases with Judge Hammock and I found him to be one of the better judges at Stanley Mosk. He clearly knows the facts of the case, the applicable laws, and most of all, he is willing to engage in lengthy discussions with you, whether you agree with his decision or not. In fact, my only criticism would be that he engages too much in oral argument, and tends to dominate the conversation. It makes no difference to me whether he was appointed or elected. I just want someone who is fair and willing to listen, which he usually does.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13576
Rating:1.0
Comments:
It is easy to see why he an elected judge. No politician would ever appoint him to the Bench out of the sheer embarrassment of how he runs his courtroom. He looks for the path of least resistance and takes it, regardless of what the law is. Justice is irrelevant to this man. If you draw him as a Judge, run away as fast as possible.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA13575
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Judge Hammock is the worst kind of Judge. He is intellectually lazy. His primary goal is to do as little work as possible. He would rather knowingly commit reversible error and take his chances with the Court of Appeals that make the proper decision. Definite 170.6. Pro defense.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12421
Rating:10.0
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I was in a position to contend on appeal that this judge abused his discretion only to realize that the agonizing he did in deciding the issue was not only not an abuse of discretion, it was probably the most proper application of discretion I had ever witnessed.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11700
Rating:8.0
Comments:
I am always leary of elected judges but Judge Hammock is one of the few judges who posts online tentatives and in my case it was thorough and well reasoned. Wants to get to the bottom line and talks a lot at hearings.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11534
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I am a pro per plaintiff (who might seem mentally unstable) and recently appeared before this court. Judge Hammock was extremely patient with me as a pro per. Despite my occasional rambling, Judge Hammock remained calm and attempted to refocus me. He someone else stated, he clearly cuts to the chase and he clearly knows the law and the case before him.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11383
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I saw an interesting thing last week while sitting in Judge Hammock's court. A pro per plaintiff (who seemed like a vexatious litigant or mentally unstable) was appearing before the court. Judge Hammock was extremely courteous and patient with the pro per. Despite the ramblings of the pro per litigant, Judge Hammock remained very calm and time and time again attempted to refocus the man. In prior appearances Judge Hammock can be impatient and will interrupt counsel during arguments. He clearly wants to cut to the chase. He clearly knows the law and the case before him. I would advise anyone to be prepared and don't repeat what you wrote in your pleadings. He read them and understood them. He is no fool. I was on the fence until last week. I would now not hesitate to appear in front of him. Specially in comparison to the other unimpressive judges at Stanley Mosk

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11111
Rating:5.6
Comments:
Basing my review on the utter disaster Dept. 77 has become since Judge Hammock left. His replacements have done a poor job running the department which makes you realize how you good you had it until its gone.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10482
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Just heard Judge Hammock is being promoted to an I/C court at Mosk. Too bad for us. He's the only judge in the PI courts who knows what he is doing...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10038
Rating:1.0
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If you have the misfortune of being assigned to this judge, affidavit him immediately. He has no understanding of the law, the standards that apply to pleadings and is extremely hostile.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: CA9851
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I have been a defense attorney for over 20 years. I appeared in front of Judge Hammock a few weeks ago on a Summary Judgment motion, which he granted. It was hotly contested. I was very impressed with his command of the facts and law. It was clear to all of us that he knew what he was doing. Even the plaintiff's attorney told me afterward that he thought his client got a fair hearing. I couldn't disagree more with the last comment. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9844
Rating:1.4
Comments:
[Redacted by Editor] This guy is an absolute disgrace. He is starved for attention, wastes everyone's time and attention speaking from the bench for literally hours on end, misses the forest for the trees almost every time, is absolutely biased for plaintiffs, is arrogant, abuses his power from the bench because he is dis-empowered in private life, was a failure in private practice, is a clown on the bench and is an absolute disgrace to watch, listen to and to read. He may be the worst judge in the LA Superior Court currently. He was elected to the bench; there is no way anyone would ever appoint this guy to any judicial position anywhere.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA9663
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Hammock is extremely intelligent, understands case issues, even when very complex, will always listen to, and most importantly consider, both sides. Even if he ruled against my client, I would understand why; he explains his decision making.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9230
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Hammock is much better judge than judge Nieto. It is a shame that both oversee the Dept 77 of the Stanley Mosk, and have different views and treat the pro we litigants totally different.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8702
Rating:9.8
Comments:
I may not always agree with his decisions, but it is clear to me that he reads everything, he does try to listen and understand your position, and he is one of the smartest and fairest judges at Mosk. Frankly, the court seems to be wasting his talents in Limited Jurisdiction.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA7885
Rating:8.6
Comments:
Judge Hammock is on the ball, smart, easy to work with, fair and a good judge.